THE MacBETH REPORT:
D Vladimir Sicak (Medicine Hat, 1998-2000) signed a two-year contract extension with Sparta Prague (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He has four goals and 11 assists in 29 games with Sparta after starting the season with Pardubice (Czech Republic, Extraliga), where he had one assist in eight games. Sicak is now under contract to Sparta through the 2014-2015 season. . . .
D Dustin Kohn (Calgary, Brandon, 2003-07) was released by HC Energie Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He had one goal and two assists in 19 games for Karlovy Vary. . . .
G Garrett Zemlak (Saskatoon, Prince Albert, 2006-10) signed a contract for the rest of this season with the Belfast Giants (Northern Ireland, UK Elite). Zemlak was released last week by the Braehead Clan (Scotland, UK Elite), where he had a 3.95 GAA and an .883 save percentage in 30 games.
In Moose Jaw, F Graham Black scored the only goal of the circus to give the Swift Current Broncos a 4-3 victory over the Warriors. . . . The Broncos have won five in a row. . . . Moose Jaw F Sam Fioretti forced OT with his 20th goal, at 18:35 of the second period. . . . The Broncos, who held a 37-22 edge in shots, outshot their hoss 13-2 in the third period but came close to losing when Moose Jaw F Derek Eberle hit the crossbar late in the third period. . . . Swift Current F Adam Lowry moved into the WHL goal-scoring lead as he scored twice, giving him 31. . . . Lowry also ran his point streak to 21 games, the longest in the WHL this season. . . . Broncos F Chance Lund, a 20-year-old from Fairview, Alta., played in his 300th regular-season game. The first 258 of those were played with the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . .
In Saskatoon, F Collin Shirley scored in the circus to give the Kootenay Ice a 4-3 victory over the Blades. . . . The Ice has won eight of its last nine games, while the Blades have dropped three straight. . . . Shirley, who is a native of Saskatoon, was the 14th shooter in the shootout. . . . F Sam Reinhart scored his 20th goal of the season for the Ice, while F Michael Ferland got his first with the Blades since being acquired from Brandon on Thursday. Ferland’s goal, at 12:35 of the third period, forced OT. . . .
In Everett, F Justin Gutierrez and F Jesse Mychan each scored his second goal of the season as the Tri-City Americans dumped the Silvertips, 6-1. . . . Tri-City G Luke Lee-Knight stopped 32 shots. He’s the No. 1 guy now, with G Eric Comrie nursing an injury for a couple of weeks. . . . Gutierrez played his first 31 WHL games without scoring. He now has a goal in each of his last two games. . . . The Americans were 3-for-3 on the PP. . . .
In Victoria, the Royals scored five times in the third period, four of them on the PP, and beat the Kamloops Blazers, 6-4. . . . After a scoreless first period, the Blazers took a 3-1 lead into the third. . . . Kamloops F Colin Smith, who had gone four games without a point, scored his 28th goal. . . . F Stephen Hodges scored twice for the Royals, while F Alex Gogolev had a goal and two assists. They each have 14 goals. . . . Victoria F Austin Carroll scored his 10th goal — he has goals in three straight games — and Gogolev’s 14th, both via the PP, tied the game 3-3. . . . F Tim Bozon restored the Kamloops lead at 13:04, with his 27th goal. . . . But the Royals then scored three times in 1:49, with D Brett Cote, D Jack Walker and Hodges scoring. . . . Victoria D Joe Hicketts, who is from Kamloops, drew two assists. . . . The Royals went 4-for-7 on the PP. . . . The teams meet again tonight in Victoria and again Saturday in Kamloops. . . . Kamloops D Joel Edmundson took a boarding major and game misconduct for a hit on Gogolev at 16:05 of the third. . . . Gogolev wasn’t injured on the play. . . . Kamloops associate coach Dave Hunchak will be away from the Blazers until at least Saturday. He is in Saskatoon following the death of his mother, Irene, on Saturday. A funeral service will be held there on Thursday. . . . Kamloops has signed F Eric Krienke, 16, a ninth-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft. He plays for the midget AAA Calgary Northstars.
F Taylor Crunk, Victoria
From Trevor Crawley (@tcrawls), the sports editor of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman/Kimberley Daily Bulletin: “Nitros didn’t participate in warmup against the Rockies. Sit on the bench instead. I think they’re protesting something . . .”
The Nitros (aka the Kimberley Dynamiters) play in the junior B Kootenay International Junior League. They went through their second coaching change of the season this week. . . . The host Dynamiters dropped a 9-5 decision to the Columbia Valley Rockies.
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