F Colton Orr, a former WHLer now with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, has had 252 fights in his hockey career, according to hockeyfights.com.
The Globe and Mail delves into the Orr situation in an editorial right here.
The Portland Winterhawks, who have been banned from the first five rounds of the 2013 bantam draft, added a pair of eighth-round selections on Friday. They dealt the rights to D Troy Stecher, 18, to the Victoria Royals for two eighth-round picks in the 2013 draft. . . . Although it is well past the Jan. 10 trade deadline, WHL teams are allowed to move players who are on their protected lists but not on their rosters. . . . The Winterhawks acquired Victoria’s eighth-round selection and one that originally belonged to the Vancouver Giants. . . . Portland had selected Stecher with the 149th pick of the 2009 bantam draft. From Richmond, B.C., Stecher is in his third season with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees — he is the team captain — and went into the weekend with 36 points in 39 games.
John Blanchette, a columnist with the Spokane Spokesman-Review, writes right here about Travis Green and the Portland Winterhawks. Green once was a highly popular player with the Spokane Chiefs. Now, as the column’s headline reads, Gree is the “ringleader of Hawks’ jailbreak.”
In Moose Jaw, F Sam Fioretti’s PP goal with 0.1 second left in OT gave the Warriors a 3-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Warriors had lost 10 in a row. . . . Fioretti had forced OT with his 23rd goal at 3:09 of the third period. . . . F Sam Reinhart scored his 24th goal for the Ice. . . . The Warriors were without G Daniel Wapple, who suffered an undisclosed injury in a practice collision with Fioretti on Thursday. The Warriors brought in G Zach Sawchenko, who turned 15 on Dec. 30, from the midget AAA Notre Dame Argos to back up Justin Paulic. . . . Ice F Brock Montgomery, 20, made his final regular-season appearance in his hometown. A note from Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald: “Montgomery enjoyed a special moment during the first-period intermission when the Ice allowed him to take part in the Timbits hockey game with his five-year-old twin brothers Rylan and Blake. while their father, Rod, was also on the ice. . . .
In Swift Current, F Adam Lowry scored his 32nd goal on the PP at 4:34 of OT as the Broncos escaped with a 5-4 victory over the Regina Pats. . . . Broncos F Colby Cave had tied the game at 18:56 of the third with his 14th score. He also had two assists. . . . Swift Current has won seven in a row, while Regina has lost six straight. . . . The Pats erased a 3-2 deficit with two third-period goals. . . . F Chandler Stephenson scored his 10th goal at 7:16 to tie the score, and F Trent Ouellette, with his ninth, gave Regina the lead. . . . D Brycen Martin scored his first goal for the Broncos, pulling them into a 2-2 tie at 8:24 of the second period, via the PP. He also had two helpers. . . . Broncos F Chance Lund, playing in his 300th regular-season game, gave his side a 3-2 lead at 19:11 of the second, with his 11th goal. . . . Regina F Marc McCoy (knee) was back after missing nine games. . . .
In Lethbridge, the Hurricanes ereased a 2-0 first-period deficit with five straight goals and went on to beat the Calgary Hitmen, 6-4. . . . D Macoy Erkamps scored his fourth goal of the season to open the second period and also had three assists. . . . F Cody Sylvester scored twice for Calgary, giving him 25. . . . F Josh Derko, playing in his first game since Dec. 4 when he was with Swift Current, scored his fourth goal this season. . . .
In Red Deer, D Eric Roy’s goal 55 seconds into OT gave the Brandon Wheat Kings a 2-1 victory over the Rebels. . . . F Chad Robinson, who drew an assist on the winner, got his 11th goal at 15:04 of the first period to open the scoring. . . . Red Deer tied it 2:34 later when F Joel Hamilton scored shorthanded, his seventh goal this season. . . . Roy has eight goals. . . . Brandon D Ryan Pulock has been fitted with a playing cast to protect an injured wrist and he was back in the lineup after missing five games. . . . Brandon G Corbin Boes stopped 43 shots. . . .
In Kamloops, F Colin Smith had two goals and an assist as the Blazers dumped the Prince Albert Raiders, 4-1. . . . Smith’s linemates, JC Lipon and Tim Bozon, each had two points. Lipon scored once and set up another; Bozon had two assists. . . . Former Kamloops D Scott Niedermayer in a 40-minute pregame ceremony as his number (28) was retired. . . . Kamloops had 41 shots on goal, two nights after firing 69 at Everett G Austin Lotz in a 4-3 OT victory. . . .
In Prince George, G Austin Lotz stopped 40 shots to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 3-2 victory over the Cougars. . . . It was head coach Mark Holick’s first game behind the Cougars’ bench since his hiring was announced on Wednesday. . . . Everett trailed 2-1 until F Manraj Hayer tied it at 9:43 of the third period. . . . F Kohl Bauml scored his second goal of the game, and 17th this season, at 10:56 to win it. . . . Cougars D Rinalds Rosinskis, who leads the WHL in s’s, scored his first WHL goal to give his guys a 2-1 second-period lead. . . . Lotz was coming off a 65-save performance in a 4-3 OT loss in Kamloops on Wednesday. . . .
In Spokane, G Mac Carruth turned aside 36 shots to help the Portland Winterhawks to a 3-0 victory over the Chiefs. . . . Portland was 3-for-7 on the PP. . . . Carruth has five shutouts this season and eight in his career. He tied the franchise single-season record for shutouts and set the career record. He shares the single-season record with Lanny Ramage. . . . F Ty Rattie scored his 24th goal and added an assist, while F Nic Petan got his 32nd goal and also had an assist. . . . Portland D Seth Jones drew two helpers. . . . Petan leads the WHL with 83 points, five more than teammate Brendan Leipsic. . . . Spokane F Riley Whittingham came up dry on a third-period penalty shot with his side trailing 2-0. . . . D Troy Rutkowski became the Portland franchise leader in games played. This was his 327th regular-season game, one more than D Kevin Haupt. . . .
In Kennewick, Wash., the Medicine Hat Tigers came from behind three times and beat the Tri-City Americans, 6-5. . . . The Tigers trailed 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3, before they scored three straight third-period goals to take control. . . . F Logan McVeigh tied the score with his 14th at 7:32. F Curtis Valk got No. 28 to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead at 10:43 and F Boston Leier upped it to 6-4 at 14:44. He’s got nine goals. . . . F Jesse Mychan had two goals, giving him nine, and an assist for the Americans, while F Justin Feser had a goal, his 27th, and two assists. . . .
In Victoria, F Brandon Magee scored four times to lead the Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . The Giants held a 3-2 lead in the second period when Magee began a run of three straight goals. He had opened the game with his 20th goal at 3:52 of the first. . . . He scored PP goals at 8:05 and 13:38 of the second and added an even-strength marker 32 seconds into the third. . . . F Alex Gogolev assisted on all four of Magees goals. . . . F Brandon Fukishimi scored Victoria’s other two goals, meaning Brandon’s accounted for all six snipes. . . . The Royals were 3-for-5 on the PP in winning their sixth straight game. . . . F Jackson Houck had two goals, giving him 15, for Vancouver. His first goal, which gave Vancouver a 3-2 lead at 4:52 of the second, came via a penalty shot. . . . The Royals lost D Tyler Stahl to a checking-to-the-head major at 9:22 of the first period. . . .
In Kent, Wash., F Tyson Baillie scored at 3:38 of OT to give the Kelowna Rockets a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds (of Kent). . . . The Rockets overcame a 3-1 deficit to win their fifth straight game. . . . F Dylen McKinlay scored his 18th goal, shorthanded, at 7:55 of the second to get the visitors to within one. . . . F Zach Franko pulled Kelowna into a 3-3 tie with his 20th goal at 17:33 of the third. . . . Baillie has 16 goals. . . . Seattle has lost three in a row.
F Cole Ully, Kamloops
D Kolton Dixon, Victoria
F Mitch Elliot, Seattle
D Tyler Stahl, Victoria (major)
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