Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lukowich: No hard feelings

Brian Costello of The Hockey News has a neat story right here about a one-game backup goaltender who was hoping that a particular AHL game would turn into a blowout. It didn't happen, but he still got to live a dream.
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The Kootenay Ice won their 30th game of the season on Saturday, the 16th straight season it has won at least that many games. . . . The Prince George Cougars have won six straight games for the first time since October 2005. Something will have to give today as the Cougars play host to the Portland Winterhawks, who have won 12 in a row. . . . The winning streak has the Cougars within two points of the Tri-City Americans, who hold down the Western Conference's last playoff spot. The Americans meet the Blazers in Kamloops this afternoon.
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MONDAY’S WHL GAMES (all times local):
Tri-City at Kamloops, 2 p.m.
Portland at Prince George, 2 p.m.
Victoria at Vancouver, 2 p.m.
Seattle at Kelowna, 2:05 p.m.
(NOTE: It’s a holiday in B.C., as we enjoy Family Day.)
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SUNDAY’S GAMES:
At Everett, F Josh Winquist scored twice to lead the Silvertips to a 3-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Winquist broke a 1-1 tie at 17:15 of the second period, then added his 36th goal of the season at 2:00 of the third. . . . He also drew an assist on F Matt Pufahl's goal, his 12th, on a first-period 5-on-3. . . . F Marcus Messier got the Chiefs to within 3-2 at 13:51 of the third, but the visitors couldn't beat G Austin Lotz for the equalizer. Lotz finished with 16 stops. . . . This was the eighth time these teams have met this season and it was the first time Spokane didn't open with G Eric Williams. Instead, Garret Hughson got the start and he finished with 23 saves. . . . Spokane F Mitch Holmberg, the WHL's leading scorer, was held pointless. . . . Winquist has career highs in goals, assists (40) and points (76), all in 51 games. Last season, in 51 games, he had 51 points, 24 of them goals. He now has 199 career regular-season points in 285 games. . . . . . . The Chiefs continue to be without F Liam Stewart (foot). . . . The Chiefs will play eight of their next 10 at home. . . . The Silvertips (27-21-8) are seventh in the Western Conference, one point behind the Vancouver Giants. . . . The Chiefs (32-19-5) are fifth, six points behind the Seattle Thunderbirds and six ahead of Vancouver. . . .

In Swift Current, G Eetu Laurikainen stopped 24 shots to help the Broncos to a 3-0 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . The Finnish sophomore has four shutouts this season and five in his career. . . . This was the first time this season that Brandon was blanked. . . . F Nathan Burns ended a scoreless game with a shorthanded goal at 1:47 of the second period. He's got 21 goals this season. . . . Broncos D Brycen Martin had two goals, giving him six. . . . Brandon was 0-for-8 on the PP; the Broncos were 1-for-3. . . . These teams have met four times since Jan. 17 and in each instance they were playing for first place in the East Division. They evenly split the four games. . . . The are scheduled to meet again March 2 in Swift Current. . . . The Broncos (28-21-8) now lead the East Division, by two points over the Wheat Kings (28-21-6). . . . How important is first place in the division? As the leader, the Broncos are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference at the moment. The Wheat Kings now are sixth, two points behind the Kootenay Ice and one ahead of the Regina Pats.
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From Vancouver freelancer Dickson Liong (@DLLiong): "Former Lethbridge assistant coach Brad Lukowich on his release: 'It's for the good of (both parties). There are no hard feelings.' "
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From Darren Steinke (@MHND_Steinke) of the Medicine Hat News: "The sister of #Medhat Tigers centre Markus Eisenschmid is @TEisenschmid #23 on Germany's women's Olympic team."

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