Sunday, February 10, 2013

THE MacBETH REPORT:
KHLD Tomas Mojzis (Moose Jaw, Seattle, 2000-03) signed a one-year contract extension with Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL). Mojzis was acquired by Slovan in mid-January from Lev Prague (Czech Republic, KHL) and the contract extension keeps him with Slovan through the end
of the 2013-2014 season. He has one goal and two assists in eight games with Slovan. Mojzis had one assist in 10 games with Lev and had one goal and two assists in nine games on loan to Sparta Prague (Czech Republic, Extraliga).
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The Everett Silvertips held their first-ever Town Hall Meeting on Jan. 31.
And they have posted some notes from it right here.
If you are a WHL fan, this is an interesting read, including the part about a 20 per cent discount to season-ticket holders if the team finishes below sixth place next season.
Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald has a piece right here that focuses on the discount.
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The matchups if the playoffs opened today:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Edmonton vs. Medicine Hat
Prince Albert vs. Swift Current
Calgary vs. Lethbridge
Saskatoon vs Red Deer

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Portland vs. Seattle
Kelowna vs. Everett
Kamloops vs. Tri-City
Victoria vs. Spokane
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SATURDAY’S GAMES:
WHLIn Swift Current, G Eetu Laurikainen stopped 35 shots in recording his first WHL shutout as the Broncos dumped the Prince Albert Raiders, 3-0. . . . F Adam Lowry’s 34th goal, at 9:43 of the first period, stood up as the winner. . . . Broncos D Brett Lernout scored his first WHL goal in his 44th game, 24 of which have been played this season. . . . The Broncos closed to within two points of the sixth-place Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference. . . . 

In Cranbrook, G Mackenzie Skapski stopped 25 shots to lead the Kootenay Ice to a 4-0 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. . . . Skapski has five shutouts this season. . . . The Ice has won 10 in a row at home. . . . F Collin Shirley’s eighth goal, at 15:05 of the first period, was the winner. . . . He also had an assist. . . . Ice F Jaedon Descheneau assisted on the game’s first two goals. . . . The Ice now is within one point of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who hold won the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spot. . . .

In Brandon, the Regina Pats scored the game’s last six goals and beat the Wheat Kings, 7-3. . . . Regina F Dyson Stevenson broke a 3-3 tie at 7:02 of the third period. . . . Regina F Lane Scheidl had tied the game with goals at 15:27 and 19:39 of the second. He’s got 28. . . . Regina D Kyle Burroughs had one assist and was plus-4. . . . F Braden Christoffer also scored twice for Regina. . . . Brandon D Eric Roy scored twice, giving him 13 goals, including six in his last nine games. . . . Brandon F Jayce Hawryluk had two assists. He has had five straight multi-point games and has points in six in a row. . . . The Pats moved into 10th in the Eastern Conference, but they’re nine points out of a playoff spot. . . .

In Saskatoon, the Blades ran their winning streak to eight as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 in front of a record crowd. . . . They celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Credit Union Centre and drew 12,588 fans. The previous record (12,341) had stood since Nov. 16, 1990. . . . The victory lifted the Blades to within two points of the East Division-leading Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Saskatoon F Brenden Walker had two goals and an assist, while F Michael Ferland drew three assists. . . . Walker has reached 20 goals for a third straight season. . . . Saskatoon F Josh Nicholls drew two assists, giving him 291 career points. That moved him past Jason Christie and into ninth on Sasktoon’s all-time list. . . . The Hurricanes had F Kolten Olynek in their lineup for the weekend. He plays for the midget AAA Saskatoon Contacts and is the Saskatchewan league’s leading scorer, with 65 points in 34 games. A second-round pick in the 2011 bantam draft, he scored his first WHL goal last night. . . . The 50/50 winner went home with more than $68,000. . . .

In Kamloops, F JC Lipon scored twice and added two assists as the Blazers dumped the Red Deer Rebels, 5-3. . . . Lipon broke a 2-2 tie with his 30th goal of the season at 11:38 of the second period. . . . F Brendan Ranford added his 15th goal and two assists for Kamloops, which has won four in a row overall and six straight at home. . . . The Rebels went 2-1-0 on a road swing on which they played three games in four nights — in Prince George, Kent, Wash., and Kamloops, in that order. . . . “For the trip being the way it was for us . . . it was a tough trip as far as the travel,” Brent Sutter, the Rebels’ GM/head coach, said, “we were stil right there right to the end.” . . . The Rebels are fifth in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Saskatoon. . . . The Blazers, third in the Western Conference, are five points behind B.C. Division-leading Kelowna. The teams will play Friday in Kamloops and Saturday in Kelowna. . . .

In Kelowna, F  Nic Petan scored three second-period goals as the Portland Winterhawks dropped the Rockets, 5-1. . . . On Friday, the Winterhawks had beaten the Rockets 5-3 to end Kelowna’s home-ice winning streak at 23 games, one shy of the franchise record. . . . Portland now holds a six-point lead on the idle Edmonton Oil Kings atop the overall standings. . . . The Rockets went into the weekend within five points of the Winterhawks, who lead the overall standings. The Rockets now are nine points back and, at the same time, the B.C. Division leaders are only five points ahead of the Kamloops Blazers. The Rockets and Blazers go home-and-home on Friday and Saturday, starting in Kamloops. . . . Petan’s third goal made him the first WHLer to 40 this season. He also leads in points, with 98. . . . F Ty Rattie had a goal his 31st, and three assists for Portland, with F Brendan Leipsic adding his 39th goal and two helpers. Leipsic has 97 points. . . . Portland G Mac Carruth stoped 31 shots, losing his shutout when F Colton Sissons scored at 13:01 of the third. . . . The Rockets left after the game for Everett, where they’ll play the Silvertips tonight. . . .

In Prince George, F Jakob Stukel scored his first WHL goal in his fourth game and it stood as the winner as the Vancouver Giants beat the Cougars, 4-1. . . . Stukel, a second-round selection in the 2012 bantam draft, plays for the major midget Valley West Hawks. . . . His goal broke a 1-1 tie at 14:47 of the second period. . . . Vancouver F Jackson Houk was unsuccessful on a first-period penalty shot attempt with his side down 1-0. . . . Prince George G Mac Engel stopped 32 shots, nine more than Vancouver’s Payton Lee. . . . G Ty Edmonds, 16, picked up his first WHL victory on Friday when the Cougars beat the Giants, 6-4. He was a ninth-round selection in the 2011 bantam draft. According to the Cougars, he is the first 16-year-old goaltender to win a game for them since Chris Mason in 1993-94. . . . The Cougars are ninth in the Western Conference, two points behind the eighth-place Seattle Thunderbirds. . . .

In Kent, Wash., F Victor Rask’s PP goal just 46 seconds into OT gave the Calgary Hitmen a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds (of Kent). . . . The game was delayed in OT after a shot by Calgary D Alex Roach resulted in a broken pane of glass. Roach then drew an assist on the winner. . . . That was the only time all game that Calgary held a lead. . . . Calgary F Cody Sylvester, playing his 300th regular-season game, forced OT with his second goal, and 30th of the season, at 16:27 of the third. . . . Calgary’s Mike Williamson was behind the bench for his 800th game as a WHL head coach. . . . F Brooks Macek had a goal, his 26th, and two assists for Calgary. . . . Rask has seven goals this season. . . . F Adam Kambeitz had given Seattle a 3-2 lead with his 12th goal at 10:27 of the third on a PP. . . . Calgary appears destined for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. . . . The loser point moved Seattle to within three points of sixth-place Everett in the Western Conference. . . .

In Spokane, F Riley Whittingham scored twice to help the Chiefs to a 5-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . A 17-year-old freshman from Calgary, Whittingham has five goals in 42 games. He tied the game at 17:56 of the first period on a PP and gave his guys the lead at 15:34 of the second. . . . D Reid Gow and F Liam Stewart each had two assists for Spokane. . . . The Chiefs hold a 5-4 edge in the season series; the Americans had won the previous three games. . . . Tri-City G Luke Lee-Knight made his 14th straight start. . . . The Chiefs moved into a tie for fourth with the idle Victoria Royals in the Western Conference. They are one point ahead of the Americans.
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CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
None.

CHECKING-TO-THE-HEAD COUNT:
None
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From Swift Current G Eetu Laurikainen (@eetu41): “Well it was about the time. It took only 43 games to get the first whl shutout! #monkeyofftheback #happy”
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From TSN hockey analyst Craig Button (@CraigJButton): “Big weekend for Portland in Kelowna. Win both games against a very good Rockets team and show they are the undisputed #1 in the CHL.”

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