THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Lukas Bohunicky (Kootenay, 2005-07) has been loaned to Ceske Budejovice by Mlada Boleslav (both Czech Republic, 1. Liga) for one month. He had three points, one of them a goal, in 23 games with Mlada Boleslav.
The Czech Republic’s national junior team will have at least five WHLers at its selection camp. G Marek Langhamer (Medicine Hat), F Richard Nejezchleb (Brandon), D David Nemecek (Saskatoon), D Michal Plutnar (Tri-City) and F Dominek Volek (Red Deer) all were invited on Wednesday. . . . The selection camp opens Dec. 13 in Rokycany, Czech Republic. . . . There’s more right here on the Czech team.
Meanwhile, Edmonton Oil Kings F Henrik Samuelsson is the only WHLer, and one of five CHL players, invited to the U.S. national junior team’s selection camp. Samuelsson (undisclosed injury) won’t play Friday when the Oil Kings are at home to the Portland Winterhawks. The U.S. team will gather in Minneapolis on Dec. 15. . . . Here’s SI.com on Samuelsson’s chances of making the team: “Henrik Samuelsson is one of just four first-round picks headed to camp, but he’s a good bet to be one of the two forwards cut loose. He’s proven to be a solid player with Edmonton of the WHL and would bring a rugged presence to the bottom six, but he’s struggled to make his mark in previous USA camps, and then there’s that CHL thing.”
Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post reports that Regina Pats LW Maximilian Kammerer is expected to attend the German national junior’s selection camp. . . . The World Junior Championship runs Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.
In Brandon, F Jayce Hawryluk broke a 4-4 tie with 28.9 seconds left in the third period and the Wheat Kings beat the Regina Pats, 5-4. . . . With the victory, Brandon (15-13-2) moved past Regina (15-13-1)and into a sixth-place tie with the Kootenay Ice (15-14-2) in the Eastern Conference. . . . Hawryluk, who has 13 goals, scored twice and added an assist. . . . The Pats pulled into a 4-4 tie with goals by F Braden Christoffer at 7:48 of the third period and D Griffin Mumby at 8:40. . . . Mumby scored his first WHL goal in his 73rd game. The 17-year-old from Calgary was scoreless in 51 games last season. . . . Regina lost D Kyle Burroughs after he absorbed a first-period hit from Hawryluk. Burroughs was wobbly and needed help to get off the ice. He didn’t return. Hawrulyk wasn’t penalized on the play. . . . G Jordan Papirny stopped 30 shots in his 14th straight start for Brandon as G Curtis Honey remains sidelined with an injury. . . . Brandon was 3-for-5 on the PP. . . . The Pats are without F Morgan Klimchuk (hip). . . .
In Swift Current, F Graham Black had a goal, his 16th, and two assists to help the Broncos to a 4-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . Black also was plus-4. . . . The Broncos (18-11-3) lead the Eastern Conference by two points over the idle Medicine Hat Tigers (17-8-3), who hold four games in hand. . . . Broncos F Colby Cave opened the scoring, with his 17th, at 1:53 of the first period. That was the Teddy Bear goal. . . . Broncos G Eetu Laurikainen stopped 35 shots. . . . The Hurricanes have lost seven in a row and have one victory in their last 18 outings. . . . Lethbridge had F Russell Maxwell (undisclosed injury) and F Tyler Cooper (concussion) back in its lineup. . . . The Hurricanes got their goal from F Carter Folk, a 17-year-old Reginan. It was his first WHL goal and came in his 22nd game, 15 of which have come this season. . . .
In Red Deer, the Rebels overcame a 3-1 deficit with four straight goals and beat the Prince Albert Raiders, 6-3. . . . The Raiders got goals from F Leon Draisaitl, his 16th, and F Mike Winther, his third, at 16:32 and 16:59 of the second to take a 3-1 lead. . . . But the Rebels tied it before period’s end as D Kayle Doetzel, with his first, and F Dominik Volek, with his 14th, counted 35 seconds apart. . . . Rebels D Haydn Fleury broke the 3-3 tie with his fifth goal 42 seconds into the third. . . . Volek had a goal and an assist, and was plus-3. . . .
In Spokane, F Mitch Holmberg, the WHL’s leading scorer, struck for two shorthanded goals in the first period and the Chiefs went on to a 2-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . With D Tyler King off for tripping, Holmberg scored at 17:51 and 19:29. . . . Chiefs G Eric Williams turned aside 27 shots, 10 fewer than Saskatoon’s Troy Trombley. . . . Saskatoon went 0-5 as it played five times in six nights on its U.S. Division swing. The Blades are 1-9-0 in its last 10. . . . The Chiefs were 0-for-4 on the PP; it has gone three games without a PP goal. . . . F Liam Stewart drew assists on both of Holmberg’s goals. Holmberg leads the WHL in goals (32) and points (66). . . . The Chiefs are without D Reid Gow, who has an undisclosed injury. He has yet to score this season, but has 33 assists in 28 games. . . . Saskatoon D David Nemecek took a charging major and game misconduct for a second-period hit on Spokane F Riley Whittingham. . . .
In Vancouver, G Jared Rathjen stopped 33 shots to lead the Giants to a 3-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Ice, which has lost three straight, outshot its hosts 8-4 and 14-5 in the last two periods. . . . Vancouver F Jackson Houck broke a 2-2 tie with a PP goal at 15:19 of the third period. . . . F Austin Vetterl had pulled the Ice into a 2-2 tie at 6:14, on the PP. Vetterl, who once played for the Giants, also had an assist. . . . The Giants (13-11-7), with points in 11 straight games (6-0-5), hold down the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot, seven points up on the Prince George Cougars (11-16-4). . . . Vancouver’s next three games all will be against the Victoria Royals. They’ll play Friday and Saturday in Victoria, then return for a game in Vancouver on Tuesday. The Royals (19-11-1) are fourth in the Western Conference, six points ahead of the Giants.
From Red Deer Rebels (@Rebelshockey): “Thanks again to all the fans who braved the roads and the windchill tonight. The support is appreciated! #reddeer”
From F Henrik Samuelsson (@Hsamuelsson1994) of the Edmonton Oil Kings: “After 1/2 a year I figured out what my password was for twitter. Exciting news thought I'd share that. #excitement”
More from Samuelsson: “And also thanks for all the congratulations! Even tho most of you will be rooting for canada...”
From Joe McFarland (@JoeMcFarland): “Lethbridge Hurricanes are 3-22-2-2. They were 28-34-3-7 last year. So just to match last year, they'd have to go 25-12-1-5 rest of way. #WHL”
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