Monday, December 17, 2012

The Tri-City Americans held a Christmas party
with their booster club on Sunday evening and
defencemen Justin Hamonic (left) and Drydn
Dow broke out the seasonal sweaters for
the occasion. Well done, merry gentlemen!
F Jakub Rumpel (Medicine Hat, 2006-07) has signed a contract until the end of this season after a successful try-out with Löwen Frankfurt (Germany, Oberliga). He has 12 goals and five assists in seven games for Löwen.
In the OHL, the London Knights ran their winning streak to 21 games on Sunday, beating the visiting Kingston Frontenacs 6-5 in OT. . . . The 1983-84 Kitchener Rangers hold the OHL record, at 25 straight.
In Calgary, F Brooks Macek had two goals and an assist to help the Hitmen to a 6-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Rockets had won the first four games of a five-game Alberta swing and had won six straight overall. . . . Calgary F Cody Sylvester scored his 20th goal while the Hitmen were two men short early in the second period. . . . Calgary F Chase Clayton left the game in the first period after absorbing a heavy check from Kelowna F Tyrell Goulbourne. . . . The Rockets were without G Jordon Cooke (undisclosed injury), so brought in Jake Morrissey, a fifth-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft, to back up Jackson Whistle. Morrissey, the younger brother of Prince Albert D Josh Morrissey, is from Calgary where he plays for the midget AAA Royals. . . . Whistle went down in the second period with an apparent leg injury and Morrissey came on to play the third, giving up three goals on 10 shots in his WHL debut. . . . The Hitmen are 15-3-1 in their last 19 games, with the Edmonton Oil Kings coming to town Tuesday. . . .

In Edmonton, F Michael St. Croix, who hadn’t scored in eight games, struck for four goals as the Oil Kings dropped the Regina Pats, 8-1. . . . The Oil Kings have won four in a row. . . . St. Croix, who has 19 goals, scored all four goals on the PP as the Oil Kings went 5-for-7 with the man advantage. . . . He scored once in the second and three times in the third. . . . F T.J. Foster added two goals, giving him 18, and two assists for Edmonton, while F Dylan Wruck had four helpers. . . . Foster has the only other four-goal game in the Oil Kings’ modern-day history. He did it earlier this season. . . . The Oil Kings close out the pre-Christmas portion of the schedule by meeting the Hitmen in Calgary on Tuesday. . . .

In Prince George, G Brett Zarowny stopped 35 shots as the Cougars edged t he Vancouver Giants, 2-1. . . . The teams played three games in three nights. Vancouver, playing at home, won 2-1 on Friday. The scene shifted to Prince George for a Saturday game, which the Cougars, and Zarowny, won, 6-0. . . . Last night, F Trevor Cheek gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 14:33 of the second period. . . . Cougars F Alex Forsberg tied it at 17:47, and F Carson Bolduc won it with his second goal of the season at 6:02 of the third. . . . Attendance on Teddy Bear Night was announced at 4,029. . . . Forsberg also scored the Cougars’ Teddy Bear goal last season, albeit in a 3-1 loss to Vancouverr. . . .

In Prince Albert, G Luke Siemens stopped 35 shots to lead the Raiders to a 3-0 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . Siemens has four shutouts this season and 10 in his career. . . . F Carson Perreaux, who is from Brandon, had his sixth goal and an assist for the Raiders. . . . Brandon G Corbin Boes returned from an undisclosed injury to stop 40 shots. . . . The Raiders, who won 21 games all of last season, go into the Christmas break with a 22-11-3 record. . . . Prince Albert leads the East Division by eight points over the Saskatoon Blades (19-14-1). . . . Those two teams will come off the break and go home-and-home, playing Dec.28 in Prince Albert and Dec. 29 in Saskatoon. . . .

In Everett, the Portland Winterhawks ran their winning streak to five games as they got past the Silvertips, 3-2. . . . Portland is 5-0-0 against Everett this season. . . . F Nic Petan’s 22nd goal gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at 7:34 of the second period and Everett wasn’t able to catch up. . . . Portland F Brendan Leipsic left with a charging major and game misdoncut at 15:32 of the second period. . . . The Winterhawks, who lead the WHL’s overall standings by three points over the Kamloops Blazers, visit the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday. . . . Portland F Paul Bittner shot wide on a third-period penalty shot against Everett G Austin Lotz, who stopped 28 shots. . . .

In Swift Current, G Landon Bow stopped 20 shots and F Adam Lowry scored the game’s last three goals as the Broncos dumped the Kootenay Ice, 4-0. . . . The shutout was the first of Bow’s WHL career. . . . Lowry, who has three hat tricks this season, was playing in his 200th career regular-season game. He now has 21 goals and is on an 11-game point streak. Last season,  . . . Ice G Mackenzie Skapski stopped 50 shots.
F Colin Jacobs, Prince George (double minor)

From former WHLer Spencer Asuchak (@Asuchak16): “@alexforsberg27 guaranteed me he would score the teddy bear goal. Even bet me a 24 pack of coke and 6 bags of chips. #greats @PGCougars”

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