Monday, April 28, 2014

Wheat Kings prospect ends marathon midget AAA final

G Barry Brust (Spokane, Calgary, 2000-04) has signed a two-year extension with Medveščak Zagreb (Croatia, KHL). This season, in 28 games, he was 2.06 and .930.

1. Elliotte Friedman has posted his weekly 30 Thoughts and, as usual, it’s a must-read for hockey fans. This week’s entry is right here.

2. Surely it is only a coincidence that the Portland Winterhawks have F Nic Petan, and the Portland Trail Blazers have small forward Nic Batum. . . . Petan is a sniper for the Winterhawks; Batum has 51 points in the last two games of a first-round NBA series in which the Trail Blazers have a 3-1 lead on the Houston Rockets.

3. The Edmonton Oil Kings have done a lot of winning since Derek Laxdal signed on as their head coach. Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal takes a look right here at Laxdal and his staff.

Telus Cup4. Interesting times on TSN on Sunday afternoon, when the championship gave at the Telus Cup, the national midget AAA championship, ran into triple OT. That meant that TSN had to bump an NHL playoff game between the Anaheim Ducks and host Dallas Stars to its Internet platforms, at least for a while. . . . The way some people reacted on Twitter you might have thought the apocalypse was upon us.

Telus Cup-PA Mintos5. In that Telus Cup final, F Dakota Boutin scored in the third OT period to give the Prince Albert Mintos a 4-3 victory over the Grenadiers de Chateauguay in Moose Jaw. . . . The Mintos went 5-0-2 in winning the city’s third championship in the past nine seasons. In fact, the Mintos, who play in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League, are unbeaten in their last 21 games in the national tournament. . . . Boutin, a third-round selection by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2012 WHL bantam draft, scored at 18:36 of the third extra period. . . . Mintos head coach Ken Morrison thought it was only fitting that Boutin get the winner that late into the game. As Morrison told Dave Leaderhouse of the Prince Albert Daily Herald: “Good for him. Dakota is always late. He’s late for the bus, he’s late for meals and he had a chance to end it earlier. We’re going to have to bug him about that.” . . . Leaderhouse’s story is right here.

6. Hayden Fleury of the Red Deer Rebels was named the tournament’s top defenceman as Canada finished third at the IIHF U-18 world championship in Finland. Canada beat Sweden 3-1 on Sunday in the bronze-medal game. . . . The U.S. dumped Czech Republic 5-2 to win the gold medal. The U.S. has won this event eight times since its birth in 1999. . . . U.S. F Auston Matthews, who is from Scottsdale, Arizona, had a goal and two assists. He was selected by the Everett Silvertips in the third round of the WHL’s 2012 bantam draft, but has opted for the U.S. National Team Development Program.

THE THIRD ROUND (best-of-seven):
(Edmonton wins, 4-1)
Season series: Edmonton, 5-0-1; Medicine Hat, 1-5-0.
Friday: Medicine Hat 3 at Edmonton 8 (7,694)
Sunday: Medicine Hat 1 at Edmonton 3 (5,763)
Tuesday: Edmonton 1 at Medicine Hat 2 (3,189)
Wednesday: Edmonton 4 at Medicine Hat 1 (3,832)
Saturday: Medicine Hat 3 at Edmonton 4 (8,408)
(Portland wins, 4-1)
Season series: Kelowna, 4-0-0; Portland, 0-4-0.
Friday: Portland 4 at Kelowna 5 (6,218)
Saturday: Portland 5 at Kelowna 3 (6,341)
Tuesday: Kelowna 3 at Portland 4 (OT) (9,259)
Wednesday: Kelowna 1 at Portland 5 (9,744)
Friday: Portland 7 at Kelowna 3 (6,331)

THE FOURTH ROUND (best-of-seven; all times local):
WHL final, for the Ed Chynoweth Cup
(x - if necessary)
(all games televised by Shaw)
PORTLAND (2, West) vs. Edmonton (1, East)
Season series: Portland, 0-0-1; Edmonton, 1-0-0.
Saturday: Edmonton at Portland, 7 p.m. (Moda Center)
Sunday: Edmonton at Portland, 5 p.m. (Moda Center)
Tuesday, May 6: Portland at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7: Portland at Edmonton, 7 p.m.
x-Friday, May 9: Edmonton at Portland, 7 p.m. (TBA)
x-Sunday, May 11: Portland at Edmonton, 4 p.m.
x-Monday, May 12: Edmonton at Portland, 7 p.m. (TBA)
Portland: None.
Edmonton: None.
No games scheduled.

From Strombone (@strombone1), who spent part of his Sunday working at TSN: “Tonight was my greatest playoff performance ever....... #tsnpanel"

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