THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Colin Long (Kelowna, 2005-09) signed a two-year deal with Krefeld Pinguine (Germany DEL). This season with Düsseldorf (Germany, DEL), he had 31 points, including eight goals, in 39 games. . . .
F Brodie Dupont (Calgary, 2003-07) signed a one-year extension with the Iserlohn Roosters (Germany, DEL). He started this season with Hartford (AHL), picking up six points, five of them assists, in 26 games. He signed with Iserlohn on Jan. 17 and had eight points, including two goals, in 13 games.
For the second time in these playoffs, the WHL has announced that a game may be decided in a shootout.
The Brandon Wheat Kings and host Edmonton Oil Kings are to play Game 2 of their second-round series this afternoon at Rexall Place. Game time is noon, with the National Lacrosse League's Edmonton Rush scheduled to play host to the Colorado Mammoth at 8 p.m.
Therefore, according to the WHL, the game "may require a shootout to determine the winning club should the game still be tied after two overtime periods."
Earlier in the playoffs, the Oil Kings played host to the Prince Albert Raiders on a day on which the NHL's Oilers had a game scheduled that evening. The WHL ruled that had the Raiders-Oil Kings game been tied after one OT period, the game would have been decided in a shootout. The Oil Kings won that game 5-3, but it wasn't decided until F Curtis Lazar scored an empty-netter tat 19:08 of the third period.
Tweet from Bruce Luebke (@wheatkingsvoice), the play-by-play voice of the Brandon Wheat Kings: "Unable to confirm if @bdnwheatkings proposal of deciding game alphabetically was seriously considered. #bdnmb"
THE SECOND ROUND (best-of-seven; all times local):
(x - if necessary)
EDMONTON (1) vs. BRANDON (7)
(Edmonton leads, 1-0)
Season series: Edmonton, 3-1-0; Brandon, 1-2-1.
Thursday: Brandon 0at Edmonton 5 (5,899)
Saturday: Brandon at Edmonton, noon
Tuesday: Edmonton at Brandon, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Edmonton at Brandon, 7 p.m.
x-Friday: Brandon at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
x-Monday, April 14: Edmonton at Brandon, 7 p.m.
x-Wednesday, April 16: Brandon at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Edmonton: F Brandon Baddock, day-to-day; D Blake Orban, day-to-day.
Brandon: G Curtis Honey, day-to-day.
MEDICINE HAT (4) vs. KOOTENAY (6)
Season series: Medicine Hat, 3-3-0; Kootenay, 3-3-0.
Saturday: Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
x-Saturday, April 12: Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7:30 p.m.
x-Monday, April 14: Medicine Hat at Kootenay, 7 p.m.
x-Wednesday, April 16: Kootenay at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.
(NOTE: Kootenay plays home games in Cranbrook, B.C.)
Medicine Hat: F Anthony Ast, indefinite; F Gavin Broadhead, day-to-day; F Hunter Shinkaruk, indefinite.
Kootenay: F Tim Bozon, indefinite; F Ryan Chynoweth, indefinite; D Tyler King, day-to-day; D Tanner Faith, 3-5 months.
KELOWNA (1) vs. SEATTLE (4)
(Kelowna leads, 1-0)
Season series: Kelowna, 2-1-1; Seattle, 2-1-1.
Thursday: Seattle 2 at Kelowna 6 (4,581)
Saturday: Seattle at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday: Kelowna at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday: Kelowna at Seattle, 7:05 p.m.
x-Friday: Seattle at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
x-Sunday, April 13: Kelowna at Seattle, 5:05 p.m.
x-Tuesday, April 15: Seattle at Kelowna, 7:05 p.m.
(NOTE: Seattle plays home games in Kent, Wash.)
Kelowna: F Myles Bell, day-to-day.
Seattle: F Connor Honey, indefinite.
PORTLAND (2) vs. VICTORIA (3)
(Portland leads, 1-0)
(Series televised by Shaw-TV in Canada;
Games 2, 4, 6 and 7 on Comcast SportsNet in Portland area)
Season series: Portland, 1-1-2; Victoria, 3-1-0.
Friday: Victoria 2 at Portland 8 (6,152)
Saturday: Victoria at Portland (Moda Center), 7 p.m.
Monday: Portland at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday: Portland at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
x-Thursday: Victoria at Portland (Moda Center), 7, p.m.
x-Saturday, April 12: Portland at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
x-Monday, April 14: Victoria at Portland (Veterans Memorial Coliseum), 7 p.m.
FRIDAY’S GAME:In Portland, F Nic Petan had a goal and three assists as the Winterhawks whipped the Victoria Royals 8-2 in Game 1 of a second-round series. . . . They'll play again tonight in Portland. . . . Going back to the regular season, Portland has won 12 straight games and 33 of 34. . . . The Winterhawks scored eight goals in four regular-season games with the Royals. . . . Portland led this one 3-0 at 3:11 of the second period, the third goal, from Petan, driving Victoria starter Patrick Polivka to the bench. He gave up three goals on 12 shots. . . . D Mathew Dumba and F Oliver Bjorkstrand each had two goals and an assist for Portland, while F Brendan Leipsic and D Derrick Pouliot each had a goal and two assists. F Taylor Leier chipped in three assists. . . . Portland G Brendan Burke stopped 25 shots. . . . Royals reliever Coleman Vollrath turned aside 18 of 23 shots. . . . The Winterhawks were 3-for-10 on the PP; the Royals were 1-for-6. . . . Victoria D Brett Cote may heard from the WHL office after taking a slashing major and game misconduct 11:04 of the third period. . . . The Royals took 74 of 117 penalty minutes. . . . Earlier on the day, Comcast SportsNet announced that it will televise Games 2, 4, 6 and 7, the latter two if necessary, in the Portland area. Comcast will simulcast the Shaw TV telecasts that feature Dan Russell calling the play and Bill Wilms providing analysis.
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