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Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Calgary Hitmen have released F Brendan Hurley, 19, apparently at his request. Hurley, from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., had 12 points in 31 games after joining the Hitmen from the MJHL’s Dauphin Kings in October.
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The Spokane Chiefs will be gunning for the franchise’s 1,000th victory when they meet the Blazers in Kamloops on Friday. . . . The Chiefs entered the WHL with a 6-3 loss to the host Blazers on Oct. 4, 1985. The Chiefs actually led that one 3-0 at 5:24 of the first period. . . . The Chiefs will play the 2,000th game in franchise history on Feb. 10 when the Victoria Royals pay a visit.
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Former WHL D Mike McBain (Red Deer, 1993-97) has been sentenced to four to 15 years in prison on Wednesday in Las Vegas for sexually assaulting a girl over a four-year period. . . . There’s more right here.
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WEDNESDAY’S GAMES:
In Edmonton, the Oil Kings scored the game’s first four goals and went on to beat the Kootenay Ice, 4-2. . . . The fourth annual Hockey Hooky game -- it began at 11:30 a.m. -- drew 9,975 fans. . . . Edmonton F Luke Bertolucci scored his second goal and added an assist. A 17-year-old from Montrose, B.C., he has five points in 32 games. . . . F Sam Reinhart scored his 26th goal for the Ice. . . . Kootenay G Wyatt Hoflin, who turns 18 today, stopped 39 shots. . . .

In Brandon, the Saskatoon Blades scored the game’s last four goals and beat the Wheat Kings, 5-1. . . . Saskatoon F Michael Ferland, who was acquired from Brandon at the trade deadline, broke a 1-1 tie at 2:10 of the second period. It was Ferland’s third goal of the season. . . .

In Regina, F Jordan Messier was the only one of eight circus shooters to score as the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the Pats, 3-2. . . . The Warriors scored twice in the first period; the Pats got two in the second. . . . Regina D Stephen Hak tied it with his second goal in 36 games at 18:43 of the second. . . . The Pats now have lost eight in a row. . . .

In Vancouver, the Giants unloaded a 57-shot barrage as they dumped the Prince Albert Raiders, 5-1. . . . F Jackson Houck scored twice for Vancouver, giving him 17, while F Brendan Rouse had a goal, his ninth, and two assists. . . . Vancouver D Arvin Atwal scored his first WHL goal and also earned his first assist. They came in his 16th game, 11 of which he has played this season. He also was plus-3. . . . Vancouver G Jared Rathjen stopped 22 shots, losing his shutout when F Mark McNeill scored his 20th goal, via the PP, at 6:08 of the third. . . . Raiders G Luke Siemens went the distance, stopping 52 shots. . . .

WHLIn Swift Current, F Ryon Moser scored at 19:59 of the third period – there was 0.8 left on the clock – to gave the Broncos a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. . . . F Adam Lowry led the Broncos with his 33rd goal and three assists. . . . Moser has 15 goals this season. . . . Broncos F Levi Bews, who hadn’t played since Dec. 30 because of a leg injury, scored his 15th goal in 39 games. . . . Calgary F Brady Brassart scored his 20th and 21st goals to give the Hitmen a 3-2 lead early in the second. . . . Lowry tied it at 12:30 of the second and D Richard Nedomlel gave the home side a 4-3 lead at 2:33 of the third. . . . Calgary D Alex Roach, with his second of the night and 13th of the season, put his side out front at 4:23. . . .

In Kennewick, Wash., Tri-City F Justin Feser had three assists as he played in his 300th consecutive regular-season game and the Americans beat the Prince George Cougars, 5-2. . . . Feser is riding the second-longest such streak in WHL history. The record (311) is held by D Dwayne Newman (Brandon, Victoria, 1987-92). . . . Feser drew assists on each of his club’s first three goals. . . . Tri-City G Luke Lee-Knight stopped 42 shots. . . . F Chase Witala scored both of Prince George’s goals, giving him 11. . . . The Americans lost F Tyson Dallman to an interference major and game misconduct at 10:08 of the first period. Prince George G Brett Zarowny was injured on the play and had to leave the game. . . .

In Portland, the Winterhawks gave up the game’s first two goals then roared back to beat the Kamloops Blazers, 5-2. . . . Earlier in the day, the Winterhawks appeared at No. 1 in the CHL’s weekly rankings, having unseated the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads by putting up three straight shutouts. . . . Portland F Nic Petan, the WHL’s leading scorer, broke a 2-2 tie at 5:20 of the third period. . . . Portland F Taylor Peters, in his 300th game, added insurance with a shorthanded goal at 15:20. . . . Petan had a goal, his 35th, and an assist, and was plus-3. He leads the WHL in assists (55) and points (90), and is tied for the goal lead with F Todd Fiddler of the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Portland F Brendan Leipsic is second in points (85), with Kamloops F Colin Smith third, at 80. . . . Leipsic had a goal, his 33rd, and two assists. . . . Smith scored his 34th goal to give Kamloops a 2-0 lead at 16:24 of the first. . . . Portland F Ty Rattie scored once, running his points streak to 15 games. . . . The Blazers lost D Joel Edmundson to a headshot major and game misconduct in the first period. Portland F Adam (Samuel) De Champlain, who was the victim, didn't return to the game and was watching in street clothes in the second period.
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CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
F Trent Ouellette, Regina
F Chase De Leo, Portland

CHECKING-TO-THE-HEAD COUNT:
D Joel Edmundson, Kamloops (major)
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From former Prince George Cougars captain Brock Hirsche (@bigsexytweet10), whose career is over due to shoulder problems: “Starting a new chapter in my life. Thank you so much Prince George for letting me live out my dream of playing in the Western Hockey League”

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