Monday, March 18, 2013

DELIserlohn Roosters (Germany, DEL) announced that they won’t re-sign eight players for next season, including D Mark Ardelan (Brandon, Vancouver, Prince Albert, 1999-2004). Ardelan had seven goals and 15 assists in 51 games this season for the Roosters.

NHLD Darren Dietz of the Saskatoon Blades has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens. They selected him in the fifth round, 138th overall, of the 2011 NHL draft. Dietz put up 58 points, including 24 goals, in 72 games with the Blades this season. He led all WHL defenceman in goals.

AHL Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post reports that Regina Pats D Colton Jobke will be joining the Houston Aeros, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Jobke, who has used up his junior eligibility, signed with the Wild prior to this season. . . . Harder also reports that free-agent F Lane Scheidl and his agent are perusing a number of offers from AHL teams.

The WHL’s first-round playoff matchups:
Edmonton (1) vs. Kootenay (8)
Saskatoon (2) vs. Medicine Hat (7)
Calgary (3) vs. Swift Current (6)
Red Deer (4) vs Prince Albert (5)

Portland (1) vs. Everett (8)
Kelowna (2) vs. Seattle (7)
Kamloops (3) vs. Victoria (6)
Spokane (4) vs. Tri-City (5)
In Everett, F Tyler Sandhu scored three times to lead the Silvertips to a 7-5 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . Sandhu, who turned 17 on Jan. 7, finished with 19 goals. This was his first hat trick. . . . Everett F Joshua Winquist had three assists. . . . Everett led 5-1 after the first period. . . . F Matte Stromwall scored twice for Tri-City, giving him 21. . . . Tri-City F Justin Feser had three assists to finish with 106 points, including 62 assists, in 72 games. Feser played all 72 games in each of his last four WHL seasons, to go with 68 games in his first season. . . . Feser finished with 353 points in 351 regular-season games. . . . Tri-City F Jesse Mychan was hit with a charging major and game misconduct at 10:30 of the third period. . . .

In Portland, F Taylor Peters and F Ty Rattie each had a goal and two assists as the Winterhawks beat the Spokane Chiefs, 6-1. . . . The Winterhawks didn’t dress F Brendan Leipsic or F Nic Petan, meaning they tied for the WHL scoring title, each with 120 points. This is the first tie since 1987-88 when Joe Sakic of the Swift Current Broncos and Theo Fleury of the Moose Jaw Warriors each finished with 160 points. Sakic was declared the winner on the basis of more goals, 78-68. . . . Leipsic led the WHL with 49 goals, while Petan scored 46. . . . Rattie finished third in the scoring race, with 110 points. . . . Petan led in assists (74). . . . The Winterhawks finished with a WHL-leading and franchise-record 57 victories. They also led the league in points (117), which also is a franchise record. And they were No. 1 on offence and defence. They set a franchise record by allowing just 169 goals. . . . Portland G Mac Carruth skated Sunday morning but didn’t dress last night. It’s believed he will be ready for Friday’s playoff opener. . . . The Winterhawks also scratched D Derrick Pouliot, while included in the Chiefs’ scratches were F Mitch Holmberg, F Alessio Bertaggia, F Mike Aviani, D Brenden Kichton and D Reid Gow. . . . Portland F Oliver Bjorkstand scored his 31st goal, giving him the freshman goal-scoring title. He had been tied with Seattle F Roberts Lipsbergs. . . .
Paul Buker of The Oregonian was at the game and his report is right here.


From Portland freelancer Scott Sepich (@SSepich): “With all the resting players, there’s a definite preseason feel to this game despite a nice crowd. David Stern does not approve.”
From Sepich, again: “Most of the drama tonight surrounds how the crowd will react to WHL VP Richard Doerksen presenting the Hawks with the Scotty Munro Trophy.”
From Paul Buker (@Pnbuker): “Rich Doerksen did not get booed out of building when he awarded munro trophy. . . . Por fans take high road #thewhl”

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