Sunday, September 8, 2013

Game called because of . . . fog!

A bear peeks over a ridge just off Shuswap Road east of Kamloops on Saturday evening.
Unfortunately, all I had with me was my BlackBerry Bold.
THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Robin Kovar (Vancouver, Regina, 2001-04) signed a one-year contract with the Manchester Phoenix (England, Premier). He had 26 goals and 17 assists in 49 games with Slovan Ustecti Lvi (Czech Republic, 1. Liga) last season. The English Premier League opens their regular season Saturday, Sept. 14.
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The Regina Pats are down to two goaltenders after releasing Adam Beukeboom, 19, on Saturday. . . . Beukeboom, from Sundre, Alta., played 19 games with Regina in 2011-12 and spent last season with the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons. . . . His release leaves Regina with Teagan Sacher and Dawson MacAuley, both 1994-born players, as its two goaltenders.
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The Medicine Hat Tigers were leading the visiting Swift Current Broncos 3-2 after one period on Saturday night when officials chose to call the game for, according to the WHL website, “player safety (fog).” . . .  The game was being played at the Kinplex in Medicine Hat. This was the only home game the Tigers scheduled for this exhibition season.
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F Adam Rossignol had three assists Saturday as the Portland Winterhawks, the WHL’s defending champions, wrapped up their exhibition season with a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Tri-City Americans’ tournament in Kennewick, Wash. . . . The Winterhawks finished the preseason at 3-2; the Thunderbirds are 4-1. . . . Portland opens its regular season at home on Sept. 20 when it hoists its championship banners before a game against the Prince George Cougars.
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F Rourke Chartier, who took a headshot from Kamloops Blazers F Devin Oakes on Friday night, had a goal and two assists Saturday as the host Kelowna Rockets beat the Vancouver Giants, 6-1. . . . Oakes drew one of those TBA suspensions from the WHL office so, for starters, he won’t play Sunday against the Giants in Burnaby’s Bill Copeland Arena. . . . Chartier played with a full cage to protect a small cut near his right eye. . . . Kelowna F Tyson Baillie also had a goal and two helpers. He’s got eight points in four games. . . . The Rockets finished the preseason at 3-1.
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In Prince George, the Cougars improved to 4-0 with a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Freshman F Jansen Harkins had an assist for the Cougars; he’s got nine points in four games and is tied with Everett F Manraj Hayer atop the preseason scoring leaderboard.
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In another game in Kennewick, the Everett Silvertips got past the Kootenay Ice 8-6 to improve to 5-0. . . . F Manraj Hayer had two goals and an assist for Everett. . . . The Silvertips have outscored the opposition, 27-15.
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Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that Barry Smith, who played more than four seasons (1975-80) for the AHL’s Rochester Americans “died on Saturday of an apparent heart attack in Tennessee, where he had made his home for two decades. He was 58.” . . . Smith was from Surrey, B.C., and played five seasons (1970-75) in the WHL, when it was the Western Canada Hockey League. He played one season with the Estevan Bruins, 71 games over two seasons with the Vancouver Nats, and 162 with the New Westminster Bruins over three seasons. . . . Oklobzija has more right here.
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From Elliott Pap (@ElliottPap) of the Vancouver Sun: “Jackson Houck, Oiler prospect and VanGiant, appears ok after being hit from behind and leaving prospects game vs Jets. Has 3 facial cuts.”
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From Regan Bartel (@Reganrant), the radio voice of the Kelowna Rockets: “Some fans here at Prospera Place in mid season form by leaving early. That ten minute trip back home is a killer.”
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From Medicine Hat Tigers F Chad Labelle (@chad_labelle): “Broken glass in warmy, o canada sung by the crowd, game fogged out after first #SeriesOfUnfortunateEvents”


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