Monday, March 24, 2014

Ice rewrites record book, but Hitmen win game

Tim (left) and Kévin Bozon
F Tim Bozon of the Kootenay Ice turned 20 on Monday, which was his 24th day as a patient in Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital.
Bozon has been there since March 1, when he was diagnosed with Nesseria meningitis. He was placed in a medically induced coma on March 1, but has since been brought out of that state and is making good progress.
His brother, Kévin, 18, tweeted the above photo, along with “Just arrived in Saskatoon, happy birthday ❤ #fighter #TB20.”
In the photo, the brothers are sharing Kévin’s silver medal, won with Lugano’s U20 team that plays in Switzerland’s elite junior A league.
Here’s a Monday tweet from Colin Priestner (@colinpriestner), the Saskatoon Blades’ managing partner: “Unbelievable what a week can do. Just finished visit with @timbozon94, looks like a completely different person from last week. Happy bday!”
A trust fund has been established to assist the Bozon family with medical- and rehabilitation-related costs with which they now are faced.
You are able to make a donation at any BMO Bank of Montreal branch in Western Canada.
Should you live outside of that area and want to donate, please mail donations to:
Western Hockey League
c/o Tim Bozon
Father David Bauer Arena
2424 University Drive NW
Calgary AB
T2N 3Y9
D Daryl Boyle (Brandon, 2004-08) has signed a one-year deal with Red Bull Munich (Germany, DEL). This season, with the Augsburger Panther (Germany, DEL), he had 26 points, including four goals, in 52 games. He was Augsburg’s captain for the last two seasons. . . .
D Dave Sutter (Seattle, 2010-12) has signed a two-year contract with La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland, NL B). This season, with Red Ice Martigny (Switzerland, NL B), he had 14 points, three of them goals, in 45 games.
According to Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, “Tuesday is decision day when it comes to the job statuses of Saskatoon Blades head coach Dave Struch and general manager Lorne Molleken.”
Yes, that would be today.
Mike Priestner, the Blades’ owner, told Nugent-Bowman on Monday that “we will be coming forth with our plans at some point tomorrow for the future of the Blades.”
Molleken has two years left on his contract as the club’s general manager.
Struch just completed his first season as head coach, after seven seasons as an assistant. His contract expires in July.
The Blades, who sold everything in order to load up last season when they were the host team for the Memorial Cup, went 16-51-5 and missed the playoffs this season.
As usual, Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts is a solid read. This week’s package is right here.
The U of Alberta Golden Bears won their record 14th CIS championship on Sunday, beating the U of Saskatchewan Huskies, the host team, 3-1 in the championship game. . . . Alberta went in as the No. 1 seed and outshot the oppostion 131-57 over three games. . . . Of the 20 players dressed by Alberta for the final, 18 were products of the WHL. . . . Alberta head coach Ian Herbers won a national title in his second season with the Golden Bears. A defenceman, he, too, played in the WHL (Kelowna, Lethbridge, Spokane, Swift Current, 1984-88). . . . The final game, televised by Sportsnet, was terrific, with the turning point coming when Alberta’s Levko Koper (Spokane, 2006-11) gave his side a 2-0 lead with a shorthanded goal in the second period. . . . There’s more on the game right here.

G Daniel Wapple, who has been out for almost three weeks with an ankle injury, isn’t yet ready to return to the Regina Pats’ lineup. So it will be either Dawson MacAuley or Tyler Fuhr in goal when the Pats resume their first-round series with the host Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday. The Wheat Kings lead the best-of-seven affair, 2-0. . . . MacAuley has surrendered 12 goals on 54 shots as the Pats lost 6-3 and 8-4 on home ice on the weekend. . . . Fuhr, who played this season with the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves, was selected by Brandon in the fourth round of the 2010 bantam draft. Prior to joining the Pats after Wapple was injured, Fuhr’s WHL experience consisted of 15 appearances with the Vancouver Giants in 2012-13. . . . “The options right now would be Tyler or Dawson,” Pats head coach Malcolm Cameron told Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post. “I’ll make the ultimate call but all the voices will have a say. (Wapple) hasn’t practised in a couple weeks so it wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the team, nor him, to put that type of burden on him going into Game 3. We have the two guys here and one of them will get the start and win us a game.” . . .

The Wheat Kings didn’t have F Peter Quenneville or D Eric Roy in their lineup for Game 2 in Regina. Quenneville went the distance in Game 1, while Roy didn’t finish that one. . . . In the playoffs, WHL teams aren’t required to provide any information on injuries, thus there isn’t a weekly injury report like the one that goes up on the WHL website during the regular season. . . . When Brandon Sun sports editor James Shewaga asked Kelly McCrimmon, the Wheat Kings’ owner, GM and head coach, about Roy and Quenneville, the response was: “I understand you asking and I know you understand me not answering.” . . .
The Wheat Kings went into Regina and won the first two games against the Pats, who finished atop the East Division. Looking back, the Wheat Kings have won three straight playoff series from Regina. . . . Brandon also is on a five-game winning streak, with four of those victories against the Pats. . . . Apologies to Brandon D Rene Hunter. Last week, I wrote that he is from Roblin, Man. He’s actually from Ebb and Flow. . . . The Pats and Wheat Kings play Wednesday and Friday in Brandon. . . .

If you’re into statistics, you should know that a scoring change has been made to the Seattle Thunderbirds’ second goal in its 2-1 victory over the visiting Everett Silvertips in Game 1 of their first-round series. Originally credited to D Shea Theodore, the goal now belongs to F Ryan Gropp, with assists from Theodore and F Branden Troock. . . .

The Portland Winterhawks take a nine-game winning streak into Game 3 against the Giants in Vancouver tonight. Portland won it’s last seven regular-season games and then won the first two games of their first-round series on the weekend. . . . Portland has won 30 of its last 31 games. . . . In its first two games against Vancouver, Portland held an 88-31 edge in shots on goal in posting 4-3 and 3-0 victories. . . .
Portland D Derrick Pouliot has three points in the first two games of these playoffs. That gives him 44 career playoff points. He is four behind Glen Wesley, who holds the franchise record for career playoff points by a defenceman and one behind Troy Rutkowski, who holds down second spot. . . .

Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province reports that G Jared Rathjen “didn’t skate with the Giants on Monday.” Rathjen, who has been backing up Payton Lee, was struck in the face by a puck while on the bench during Game 2 in Portland on Saturday. According to Ewen, Rathjen took 15 stitches near an eye. . . . Cody Porter, a 16-year-old who played with the BCHL’s West Kelowna Warriors, was on the ice with the Giants on Monday. . . . The Giants also expect to have F Ty Ronning back for Game 3 tonight. He missed the first two games due to illness.

In  Cranbrook, F Greg Chase scored at 5:05 of OT to give the Calgary Hitmen a wild and crazy 7-6 victory over the Kootenay Ice. . . . The Hitmen lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 in Cranbrook tonight. . . . The teams had combined for 12 goals in splitting the first two games in Calgary. . . . Last night, they alternated goals, Calgary scoring first, until Ice F Jaedon Descheneau, who had six points, scored at 19:47 of the second period for a 5-4 lead. . . . Calgary D Trevor Sanheim tied it again at 5:17, only to have Ice D Jagger Dirk scored his second goal of the game at 11:23 to restore the lead. . . . Hitmen F Radel Fazleev, who had two goals and an assist, forced OT when he scored at 12:00. . . . Calgary F Landon Welykholowa scored twice in the game’s first 23 minutes. He was a healthy scratch in Game 1, got into Game 2 because of suspensions and scored twice, and now leads all playoff goal scorers, with four. The Calgarian, who turned 18 on Jan. 1, had one goal in 18 games with the Victoria Royals this season and none in 16 games with the Hitmen. . . . Calgary F Adam Tambellini had a goal and two assists, while F Mike Winther and F Pavel Padakin each drew two assists. . . . Descheneau added five assists to his goal, while F Sam Reinhart had a goal and four assists, and Dirk had two goals and two assists. . . . The Ice was 5-for-6 on the PP and only five points recorded points. . . . Calgary was 0-for-3 on the PP. . . . Calgary G Chris Driedger stopped 25 shots. Ice starter Mackenzie Skapski turned aside 21, while Wyatt Hoflin, who came on for the last 5:50 of the second period, was 2-for-2. . . . F Joe Mahon was back in Calgary’s lineup after serving a one-game WHL suspension, while F Linden Penner completed his two-game sentence. Both were suspended for Game 1 transgressions. . . . The Ice had veteran D Landon Cross back after he missed six games with an undisclosed injury. . . .
Jeff Chynoweth, the Ice’s president and general manager, has always loved statistics. Which is the main reason why you are able to find a 165-page franchise record book on the Ice’s website. So thanks to Chynoweth and K.C. Fisher, who compiled the record book, here are some of the records the Ice broke or tied last night.
Most goals, two teams (home) -- 13: The record had been 11 (Red Deer Rebels 4 at Ice 7, March 30, 2000).
Most assists -- 5: Descheneau broke a record that had been shared by Zdenek Blatny (vs. Moose Jaw, March 23, 2001); Bret DeCicco (at Moose Jaw, March 28, 2001); Duncan Milroy (vs. Kelowna, April 20, 2002); and Nigel Dawes (at Kamloops, March 29, 2003), each with 4.
Most points -- 6: Descheneau broke a record that had been shared by Blatny (1-4--5, vs. Moose Jaw, March 23, 2001) and Max Reinhart (five goals, vs. Medicine Hat, April 27, 2011).
Most points, defenceman -- 4: Dirk broke a record that had been shared by Scott Roles (1-2, at Calgary, March 24, 1999); Cole Fischer (0-3, vs. Moose Jaw, March 23, 2001); Gerard Dicaire (1-2, at Kamloops, March 29, 2003); Brayden McNabb (three times -- 1-2, vs. Moose Jaw, March 26, 2011; 1-2, vs. Saskatoon, April 12, 2011; 0-3, vs. Saskatoon, April 13, 2011); and Joey Leach (0-3, vs. Portland, May 11, 2011).
Most points, one period -- 4: With a goal and three assists in the second period, Descheneau broke a record that had been shared by Trevor Wasyluk (3-0, 2nd period, at Calgary, March 24, 1999); Nigel Dawes (0-3, 2nd period, at Kamloops, March 29, 2003); Martin Sagat (3-0, 3rd period, vs. Everett, April 9, 2005); Adam Taylor (0-3, 3rd period, vs. Everett, April 9, 2005); Andrew Bailey (2-1, 3rd period, at Lethbridge, April 5, 2008); and Max Reinhart (3-0, 1st period, vs. Medicine Hat, April 27, 2011).
Most goals, two teams (overall) -- 13: Ice 6 at Kamloops Blazers 7, March 29, 2003.
Most power-play goals by Ice (overall, home) -- 5: Red Deer 4 at Ice 7, March 30, 2000.
Most goals, one game, defenceman -- 2: Dirk tied Matt Walker, who did it against Red Deer on March 31, 2000.
Most assists in one period -- 3: Descheneau tied a record shared by Nigel Dawes (2nd period, at Kamloops, March 29, 2003) and Adam Taylor (3rd period, vs. Everett, April 9, 2005).
A tweet from Alan Caldwell (@smallatlarge): “PP goals in this series: Kootenay 8, Calgary 1. ES goals: Calgary 13, Kootenay 3. Hitmen dominating at ES, but need to avoid penalties.”
THE FIRST ROUND (best-of-seven; all times local):
(x - if necessary)
WHL team logo EDMONTON (1) vs. PRINCE ALBERT (8)
Season series: Edmonton, 2-1-1; Prince Albert, 2-2-0.
Saturday: Prince Albert 3 at Edmonton 5 (6,534)
Sunday: Prince Albert 1 at Edmonton 3 (6,584)
Tuesday: Edmonton at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Edmonton at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
x-Saturday: Prince Albert at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
x-Sunday: Edmonton at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
x-Tuesday, April 1: Prince Albert at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Edmonton: F Brandon Baddock, 3-5 weeks; D Blake Orban, indefinite.
Prince Albert: D Graeme Craig, indefinite.
WHL team logo
REGINA (2) vs. BRANDON (7)
Season series: Brandon, 5-3-0; Regina, 3-3-2.
Saturday: Brandon 6 at Regina 3 (6,200)
Sunday: Brandon 8 at Regina 4 (5,014)
Wednesday: Regina at Brandon, 7 p.m.
Friday: Regina at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
x-Saturday: Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.
x-Monday: Regina vs. Brandon, at Dauphin, Man., 7 p.m.
x-Wednesday, April 2: Brandon at Regina, 7 p.m.
Brandon: F Peter Quenneville, day-to-day; D Eric Roy, day-to-day.
Regina: D Tye Hand, indefinite; G Daniel Wapple, day-to-day.
WHL team logo
Season series: Calgary, 4-4-0; Kootenay, 4-2-2.
Thursday: Kootenay 5 at Calgary 2 (6,649)
Saturday: Kootenay 0 at Calgary 5 (9,019)
Monday: Calgary 7 at Kootenay 6 (OT) (1,992)
Tuesday: Calgary at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Kootenay at Calgary, 7 p.m.
x-Saturday: Calgary at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
x-Monday: Kootenay at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Calgary: F Cal Babych, day-to-day; F Connor Rankin, day-to-day.
Kootenay: F Tim Bozon, indefinite; F Ryan Chynoweth, indefinite; D Tyler King, day-to-day; D Tanner Faith, 3-5 months.
WHL team logo
Season series: Medicine Hat, 2-2-0; Swift Current, 2-2-0.
Friday: Swift Current 1 at Medicine Hat 2 (3,512)
Saturday: Swift Current 2 at Medicine Hat 4 (3743)
Tuesday: Medicine Hat at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Medicine Hat at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
x-Saturday: Swift Current at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
x-Sunday: Medicine Hat at Swift Current, 7 p.m.
x-Tuesday, April 1: Swift Current at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat: F Anthony Ast, indefinite; F Gavin Broadhead, day-to-day; F Steve Owre, day-to-day; F Hunter Shinkaruk, indefinite.
Swift Current: None.
WHL team logo
KELOWNA (1) vs. TRI-CITY (8)
Season series: Kelowna, 4-4-0; Tri-City, 0-3-1.
Saturday: Tri-City 1 at Kelowna 3 (5,827)
Sunday: Tri-City 1 at Kelowna 3 (5,041)
Tuesday: Kelowna at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday: Kelowna at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m.
x-Friday: Tri-City at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
x-Saturday: Kelowna at Tri-City, 7:05 p.m.
x-Tuesday, April 1: Tri-City at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
(NOTE: Tri-City plays home games in Kennewick, Wash.)
Kelowna: D Jesse Lees, indefinite.
Tri-City: F Taylor Vickerman, indefinite.
WHL team logo
Season series: Portland, 4-0-0; Vancouver, 0-3-1.
Friday: Vancouver 3 at Portland 4 (9,756)
Saturday: Vancouver 0 at Portland 3 (10,947)
Tuesday: Portland at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Portland at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
x-Friday: Vancouver at Portland, 7 p.m.
x-Sunday: Portland at Vancouver, 2 p.m.
x-Tuesday, April 1: Vancouver at Portland, 7 p.m.
Portland: None.
Vancouver: F Tyler Benson, indefinite; F Jakob Stukel, indefinite; D Dalton Thrower, indefinite; F Ty Ronning, day-to-day.
WHL team logo
Season series: Victoria, 1-3-0; Spokane, 3-1-0.
Saturday: Spokane 1 at Victoria 2 (OT) (6,615)
Sunday: Spokane 3 at Victoria 4 (OT) (4,629)
Wednesday: Victoria at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday: Victoria at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
x-Saturday: Spokane at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
x-Monday: Victoria at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
x-Wednesday, April 2: Spokane at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Victoria: None.
Spokane: D Colton Bobyk, week-to-week; F Adam Hascic, day-to-day; F Blair Oneschuk, week-to-week.
WHL team logo
Season series: Seattle, 5-4-1; Everett, 5-4-1.
Saturday: Everett 1 at Seattle 2 (4,650)
Sunday: Seattle 3 at Everett 1 (4,150)
Tuesday: Everett at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
Friday: Seattle at Everett, 7:35 p.m.
x-Saturday: Everett at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
x-Monday: Seattle at Everett, 7:05 p.m.
x-Wednesday, April 2: Everett at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
(NOTE: Seattle plays home games in Kent, Wash.)
Seattle: F Connor Honey, indefinite.
Everett: F Kohl Baum, indefinite; F Tyler Sandhu, day-to-day.

From Kootenay Ice F Tim Bozon (@timbozon94): “Thanks everyone for the bday wishes.”

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