Saturday, April 6, 2013

Adam Shaw and Rocky are reunited for the first time with the two young
sisters whose lives they saved on Sunday.

(Photo courtesy @EdmOilKings)
A rule of thumb around here is that The MacBeth Report leads off whenever there’s news from that source.
Today, however, The MacBeth Report is getting bumped down a notch and something tells me he won’t mind one bit.
The Edmonton Oil Kings had some special guests on hand prior to Friday’s second-round opener with the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers.
Adam Shaw and his dog, Rocky, took part in a ceremonial faceoff as they met up for the first time with two young sisters whom they rescued from the North Saskatchewan River on Sunday.
This is just a wonderful, wonderful story and you really should check out the story on the rescue. Brent Wittmeier of the Edmonton Journal has more right here.
SM-liigaF Tyler Redenbach Prince George, Swift Current, Lethbridge, 2001-05) signed a one-year contract with the Pelicans Lahti (Finland, SM-Liiga). Redenbach started the season with HIFK Helsinki (Finland, SM-Liiga), where he had three goals and nine assists in 23 games before being loaned to the Pelicans in mid-January. Redenbach had four goals and 11 assists in 20 games for the Pelicans and his plus/minus of +12 led the team. . . .

G Brett Jaeger (Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Saskatoon, 2000-04) signed a one-year contract extension with Fischtown Pinguins Bremerhaven (Germany, 2.Bundesliga). He had a 2.55 GAA in 35 games with the Pinguins this season.
Roy MacGregor of The Globe and Mail takes a look right here at hockey’s aversion to the ‘C’ word. Oh boy, does hockey need to get over this and figure out where it’s going. Because this really is getting embarrassing.
True North Sports and Entertainment kicked the tires of the Kootenay Ice earlier this season.
And now the owners of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets are asking current and former MTS Centre and Winnipeg Jets customers for NHLtheir thoughts on the value of bringing a WHL franchise for the Manitoba capital.
TNSE started conducting the survey on Friday and will continue through Tuesday. TNSE will be sending emails to the chosen few and asking them to participate.
Winnipeg has a spotty history, at best, with WHL franchises. The Winnipeg Warriors played out of the Winnipeg Arena from 1980-84 before relocating to Moose Jaw.
The Winnipeg Jr. Jets (1967-73) morphed into the Winnipeg Clubs/Monarchs, who became the Calgary Wranglers and now are the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
And if you’re wondering how much a relocation might cost TNSE, the buzz is that an established WHL franchise might carry a price tag as high as $9 million.
And, yes, Nanaimo remains in the picture. As has been mentioned many times before now, the minute Nanaimo has an arena that meets WHL requirements, the Vancouver Island city will have a WHL franchise.

D Richard Nedomlel of the Swift Current Broncos has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. From the Czech Republic, Nedomlel was a sxith-round selection in the NHL’s 2011 draft. He has played the last three seasons with the Broncos.
2013 Playoffs
The WHL’s playoff situation:
Edmonton (1) vs. Medicine Hat (7)
(Edmonton leads, 1-0; Game 2, Sunday, in Edmonton)
Calgary (3) vs. Red Deer (4)
(Calgary leads, 2-0; Game 3, Monday, in Red Deer)
Portland (1) vs. Spokane (4)
(Portland leads 1-0; Game 2, tonight, in Portland, Rose Garden)
Kelowna (2) vs. Kamloops (3)
(Game 1, tonight, in Kelowna)
In Edmonton, F Edgars Kulda had a goal and two assists as the Oil Kings dumped the Medicine Hat Tigers, 4-1. . . . When Kulda opened the scoring at 15:53 of the first period it marked the first time in these playoffs that the Tigers had trailed. They never once were behind in sweeping the Saskatoon Blades from the first round. . . . Kulda, a 17-year-old from Riga, Latvia, had a goal and two assists in five playoff games going into this one. . . . Rogan Dean, the Oil Kings’ head equipment manager, suffered a fractured elbow during what Chris O’Leary of the Edmonton Journal refers to as a “pre-game ritual with head athletic therapist Brian Cheeseman.” . . . O’Leary’s story is right here.

In Calgary, F Victor Rask broke a 1-1 tie at 16:43 of the second period as the Hitmen beat the Red Deer Rebels, 2-1. . . . F Elliott Peterson got the Hitmen on the board 47 seconds into the game. . . . F Jordan DePape tied it for Red Deer at 17:30 of the first. . . . Calgary G Chris Driedger stopped 29 shots, 11 fewer than Red Deer’s Patrik Bartosak. . . . Red Deer F Matt Bellerive was handed a kneeing major and game misconduct at 7:59 of the second for a neutral zone hit on F Pavlo Padakin, who left the game and didn’t return. . . . Red Deer GM/head coach Brent Sutter was livid over the Bellerive call and went so far as to slam a stick against the boards. “I’ll let the league deal with their own officials on that,” Sutter told Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald. “That’s not a five-minute major. He skates like three feet to him and it’s a bodycheck. It’s not a major penalty. This is playoffs and you get called on something like that. . . . I’ll let the league deal with their officials. You saw what I saw on the screen and that was no major penalty . . . it’s playoff time. You can’t make a suspect call like that.” . . . Odland’s story is right here.

In Portland, F Ty Rattie scored the game’s last three goals as the Winterhawks dropped the Spokane Chiefs, 7-2. . . . Rattie now leads the WHL with nine postseason goals. . . . He also became the top point-getter in Portland in franchise history, his 72 points moving him past F Randy Heath. . . . Portland G Mac Carruth stopped 38 shots as he posted his 38th career playoff victory, tying him with Cam Ward (Red Deer, 2001-04) for the WHL record. . . . Portland D Derrick Pouliot had a goal and three assists, while F Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals, giving him five, and an assist. . . . Pouliot has four goals in these playoffs. . . . Rattie and Pouliot each has 13 points, one fewer than Kamloops F JC Lipon, who leads the league. . . . D Brenden Kichton had two assists for Spokane. . . . Paul Buker of The Oregonian was there and his story is right here.

D Cole Wedman, Spokane

From Tri-City Americans F Malte Stromwall (@stroms15): “Så het nu . . . @VictorRask”
From Kelowna Rockets D Mitch Wheaton (@Mwheats2): “To whoever covered my car in mustard marshmallows Saran Wrap and brown sugar good for you . . . #gerth #sweet #gutless”

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