Sunday, March 31, 2013

It's over. The look on goaltender Troy Trombley's face tells you the news is
all bad for the Tri-City Americans, after Spokane's Alessio Bertaggia added
some insurance for his Chiefs on Saturday night. The fan over Trombley's left
shoulder also knows that it's all over.

(John Allen /
Les MacPherson, a veteran columnist with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, thinks that he knows what is wrong with the Saskatoon Blades. It all has to do with the star theory. . . . Check it out right here.

If you’re wondering how the Medicine Hat Tigers managed to take out the heavily favoured Saskatoon Blades, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has that story right here.

AHLThe AHL’s Texas Stars have signed F Brock Montgomery to a PTO. Montgomery completed his junior eligibility with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice on Thursday night. A native of Moose Jaw, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Montgomery had 48 points, including 31 goals, in 58 games this season. Montgomery was never selected in the NHL draft.

CHLF Mike Hellyer, the Central League’s rookie of the year, has had his season ended by a knee injury. Terry Ruskowski, the head coach of the Quad City Mallards, said Hellyer may need surgery. Hellyer (Prince Albert, 2003-07), had 61 points in 63 regular-season games. . . . Hellyer was injured in the first five minutes of a series-opening playoff game with the Fort Worth Brahmas on Friday. . . . The Mallards trail the best-of-seven series 2-0 with the next three games at home. . . . Ruskowski, on a post-game radio show after Game 2, said of Hellyer’s injury: "It's real bad. He may have to have surgery. The fact there are no repercussions possible for the other team really sits sour with me.'' . . . Ruskowski also said he is working to add a forward from the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings for the remainder of his club’s playoffs.
2013 Playoffs
 The WHL’s first-round situation:
Edmonton (1) vs. Kootenay (8)
(Edmonton wins 4-1)
Saskatoon (2) vs. Medicine Hat (7)
(Medicine Hat wins 4-0)
Calgary (3) vs. Swift Current (6)
(Calgary wins 4-1)
Red Deer (4) vs Prince Albert (5)
(Red Deer wins 4-0)
Edmonton (1) vs. Medicine Hat (7)
Calgary (3) vs. Red Deer (4)
Portland (1) vs. Everett (8)
(Portland leads series 3-2; Game 6 on Monday in Everett)
Kelowna (2) vs. Seattle (7)
(Seattle leads 3-2; Game 5 on Tuesday in Kent, Wash.)
Kamloops (3) vs. Victoria (6)
(Kamloops leads 3-2; Game 6 on Monday in Victoria)
Spokane (4) vs. Tri-City (5)
(Spokane wins 4-1)
In Kennewick, Wash., G Eric Williams stopped 36 shots as the Spokane Chiefs dropped the host Tri-City Americans, 3-1. . . . F Mike Aviani, at 14:04 of the first, and D Brenden Kichton, at 7:50 of the second, on the PP, gave Spokane a 2-0 lead. . . . F Malte Stromwall got Tri-City back in it at 10:38 of the third, but F Alessio Bertaggia iced it at 15:09. . . . Tri-City G Troy Trombley stopped 31 shots. G Luke Lee-Knight, who was injured in OT in Game 4, didn’t dress. . . . Bertaggia was unsuccessful on a penalty shot at 9:29 of the third. . . . A few notes from the Americans, on their captain, F Justin Feser, whose WHL career is over: “Feser will go down as one of the greatest players to ever put on an Americans jersey. He finishes his career with 351 regular-season games played, second on the Americans all-time list. That includes 321 consecutive games played, a WHL record. He tallied 155 goals, third on the Americans all-time list. He recorded 198 assists, which puts him at sixth on the Americans all-time list. Adding those two numbers together gives him 353 career points, fourth on the Americans all-time list. He is one of five Americans to achieve 350 career points. Feser ends his playoff career with 63 games played, third on the Americans all-time list. He finishes with 50 career playoff points (fifth all-time), 18 playoff goals (third all-time) and 32 playoff assists (fourth all-time). . . .

In Portland, G Austin Lotz stopped 43 shots and the Everett Silvertips surprised the Winterhawks, 3-2. . . . Lotz was pitching a shutout until the third period when Portland scored two PP goals. . . . F Josh Winquist, with his sixth goal of the series, F Logan Aasman, with his first, and F Reid Petryk, with his second, had Everett out front 3-0 by 13:26 of the second. . . . D Troy Rutkowski had two assists for Portland, while D Derrick Pouliot had a goal and an assist. . . . Everett D Ayrton Nikkel and Portland F Keegan Iverson, both of whom were in the middle of some late shenanigans in Portland’s 11-4 road victory on Friday, both were scratched from this one. . . .

In Kelowna, the Rockets scored the game’s first three goals and went on to a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Seattle scored twice in the last minute of the third period to get to within one. . . . F Myles Bell’s third goal of the series, at 13:49 of the third, stood up as the winner. . . . Seattle mustered only 17 shots at Kelowna G Jordon Cooke. . . . The Rockets scratched F J.T. Barnett (ill), F Rourke Chartier (undisclosed), D MacKenzie Johnston (shoulder), F Carter Rigby (shoulder, foot), F Colton Sissons (shoulder) and D Mitchell Wheaton (shoulder). . . . Kelowna had D Nick Merkley, a first-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft, in the lineup. . . . Seattle was without F Connor Honey, who has been suspended for a Game 4 hit on Johnston. . . . Here’s the scoop on Game 6, straight from the Thunderbirds: “The T-Birds will continue the popular 2-for-Tuesday promotion for Game 6. This means all tickets will be two-for-one and all beer, soda, popcorn and hot dogs will be $2. The 2-for-Tuesday group ticket special will also apply for Game 6. Fans that buy 20 tickets will get 20 tickets FREE for a total of 40 tickets.” . . .

In Kamloops, G Patrik Polivka stopped 47 shots to lead the Victoria Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Blazers. . . . Polivka stopped 36 of 37 shots over the last two periods. His save percentage in this series now is .920. . . . D Brett Cote scored twice for Victoria. He pulled Victoria into a 2-2 tie at 19:21 of the second period and then got the winner at 11:25 of the third period. . . . F Logan Nelson put it away with an empty-netter. . . . Victoria F Jamie Crooks had a goal and an assist, and was plus-4. . . . The Royals scratched six regulars — F Austin Carroll (ill), D Ryan Gagnon (concussion), F Alex Gogolev (leg) F Luke Harrison (concussion), F Brandon Magee (concussion) and D Tyler Stahl (undisclosed). . . . Magee was injured in a melee at the end of Game 3 in Victoria when Kamloops D Joel Edmundson drove him into the ice. . . . The Blazers lost F Tim Bozon (hand) in the same melee when he got into it with Victoria F Steven Hodges. Bozon has what the Blazers are calling a “long-term” injury.
F Logan Nelson, Victoria


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