Tuesday, February 19, 2013

F Cory Millette of the Red Deer Rebels, out with a concussion since Jan. 9, has been cleared to begin off-ice workouts. There is no timeline for a return to action, though.
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Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald reports that the Moose Jaw Warriors have sent home freshman D Spencer Morse, 17. In 40 games, he had five points and 70 penalty minutes.
“He’s been sent home for disciplinary reasons and we will re-evaluate as we go along,” Warriors head coach Mike Stothers told Gourlie.
Morse, from Calgary, was a second-round selection by the Warriors in the 2010 bantam draft.
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The Kelowna Rockets have revealed that neither F Carter Rigby nor D Mitchell Wheaton will play again this season. Both have shoulder injuries that will require surgery and are expected to be sidelined for up to five months. . . . Rigby, an 18-year-old from Penticton, B.C., had 20 points, including 12 goals, in 34 games. He hasn’t played since Jan. 31. . . . Wheaton, a 17-year-old freshman from Sherwood Park, Alta., had eight points in 39 games. Wheaton last played on Jan. 24.
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I meant to post this link earlier, and it slipped through the cracks.
Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province wrote Saturday about the Vancouver Giants having signed F Alec Baer, a 15-year-old who is rated as one of the best players in his age group in Minnesota.
That story is right here.
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The matchups, if the WHL playoffs opened today:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Edmonton vs. Kootenay
Saskatoon vs. Swift Current
Calgary vs. Medicine Hat
Prince Albert vs Red Deer

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Portland vs. Everett
Kelowna vs. Seattle
Kamloops vs. Victoria
Spokane vs. Tri-City
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MONDAY’S GAMES:
In Saskatoon, the Blades scored five straight goals in beating the Brandon Wheat Kings, 5-1. . . . Saskatoon now has won 12 in a row and holds a four-point lead atop the East Division. . . . F Josh Nicholls scored his 38th goal of the season for the Blades, while F Matej Stransky got his 32nd. . . . Saskatoon is one victory shy of the franchise record for consecutive records set by the 1987-88 team. The Blades are at home to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday. . . . Brandon had D Tyler Yaworski back in the lineup after he served a six-game suspension for a checking-to-the-head major. He took a checking-from-behind minor in the second period last night. . . .

WHLIn Swift Current, F Jaedon Descheneau scored three times to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 5-2 victory over the Broncos. . . . The victory lifted the Ice past the idle Lethbridge Hurricanes and into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. . . . Descheneau has 18 goals this season. . . . F Adam Lowry scored twice for the Broncos, giving him 39 goals. . . . Ice G Mackenzie Skapski, in his 54th appearance, stopped 23 shots as he won for the 28th time. Among goaltenders, only Lethbridge’s Ty Rimmer (55) has been in more games this season. . . .

In Edmonton, G Laurent Brossoit stopped 20 shots and F Michael St. Croix the career 300-point plateau as the Oil Kings beat the Prince George Cougars, 6-0. . . . Brossoit has 10 shutouts in his career, five of them this season. . . . F Henrik Samuelsson scored the game’s first goal, his 30th. . . . St. Croix had a goal, his 31st, and two assists. In his career, he has 302 points in 268 games. . . . F Curtis Lazar added two goals, giving him 32. . . .

In Portland, the line of Taylor Leier, Chase De Leo and Oliver Bjorkstand combined for 16 points as each enjoyed a career game in the Winterhawks’ 8-3 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Leier scored twice, giving him 25, and added four assists. . . . De Leo had five assists. . . . Bjorkstand, a 17-year-old freshman from Denmark, struck for four goals and added an assist. He has 27 goals this season, including two hat tricks. . . . Leier had the first six-point game by a Portland player since Chad Wolkowski on Dec. 1, 2002. He had four goals and two assists in a 6-1 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos. . . . Portland players have enjoyed four four-goal games this season. . . . The Winterhawks’ high-scoring line of Brendan Leipsic, Nic Petan and Ty Rattie didn’t pick up even one point.
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CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
D Tyler Yaworski, Brandon
D Colton Waltz, Brandon
F Taylor Cooper, Brandon

CHECKING-TO-THE-HEAD COUNT:
F Blake Gal, Spokane
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From former Swift Current Broncos F Sheldon Kennedy (@ShelKenn): “Feel very honored to drop puck at #swiftcurrent broncos hockey game today. In recognition of #SheldonKennedyDay. Thx to City and Broncos”


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

There was a checking to the head by Gal from spokane in Mondays game again the Winterhawks.

Gregg Drinnan said...

Tks for that. I remember typing it at one point but it seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.

gregg

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