Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lipsbergs wins it for Seattle

SELF Erik Christensen (Kamloops, Brandon, 1999-2004) has signed a two-year extension with HV71 Jönköping (Sweden, SHL). This season, Christensen had two points, one of them a goal, in 12 games with Lev Prague (Czech Republic, KHL). He was released on Oct. 17 and signed with HV71 on Oct. 22. There, he had 27 points, including 13 goals, in 38 games.
Eastern Conference
Edmonton (1) vs. Red Deer (8)
Regina (2) vs. Prince Albert (7)
Calgary (3) vs. Swift Current (6)
Medicine Hat (4) vs. Kootenay (5)
(NOTE: Prince Albert, Red Deer and Brandon are tied for eighth, each with 71 points. Prince Albert has four games remaining; the other two have three games left.)
Western Conference
Kelowna (1) vs. Tri-City (8)
Portland (2) vs. Vancouver (7)
Victoria (3) vs. Everett (6)
Seattle (4) vs. Spokane (5)
MONDAY’s WHL GAMES (all times local):
No games scheduled.
TUESDAY’S WHL GAMES (all times local):
Saskatoon at Brandon, 7 p.m.
Lethbridge at Calgary, 7 p.m.
Kootenay at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Prince Albert at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.
Tri-City at Portland, 7 p.m.
Victoria at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Spokane at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
In Kent, Wash., F Roberts Lipsbergs scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Seattle Thunderbirds a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Giants. . . . F Cain Franson, Vancouver’s first shooter, scored the first goal of the shootout. . . . D Shea Theodore, Seattle’s third shooter, tied it. . . . The Thunderbirds had taken a 3-1 lead into the third period. . . . Vancouver D Mason Geertsen scoed his fourth goal at 10:01, via the PP, and Franson tied it, with his 30th goal, just five seconds later. . . . Theodore had three assists for Seattle. . . . F Alexander Delnov scored his 28th goal for Seattle. . . . Vancouver G Payton Lee stopped 43 shots through OT, 11 more than Seattle’s Danny Mumaugh. . . . The Thunderbirds (40-22-6), who snapped a three-game losing skid, are fourth in the Western Conference, four points ahead of the Spokane Chiefs. Each team has four games remaining. . . . The Giants (31-27-11) lead the WHL in loser points. They are locked into seventh in the conference and almost certainly will face the Portland Winterhawks in a first-round playoff series.

From Lee-Gaye Hicketts (@lhicketts), the mother of Victoria Royals D Joe Hicketts: “@HeleneBozon from our family in Kamloops we are praying for Tim. Hockey Mom's from all teams are thinking of you all.”

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