Saturday, November 8, 2014

Paging Bob Strumm . . . Winterhawks release goaltender . . . Cave quiets Hurricanes








F Sean Ringrose (Medicine Hat, 2007-09) has been released by Villach (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). He had two goals and four assists in 16 games.
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A note from sports columnist Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post:
“The Regina Pats' biggest opponent continues to be the Roughriders, even though relations between the two organizations are amicable.
The Pats have won three consecutive games to improve their record to 8-8-1-0, but most of the sporting-related chatter in the greater Regina area pertains to the Roughriders.
“Such is life at this time of year, but the Pats - who provide a consistently entertaining product - should not be overlooked.”
One more note from Vanstone:
“Promotion-wise, though, WHL teams do not do themselves any favours. Rivalries have been sanitized. Nobody utters anything that will add to the intrigue that surrounds a game. Instead, there is the usual, eyeglazing hockey-speak about ‘compete level’ and ‘getting pucks deep.' Where have you gone, Bob Strumm?”
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G Bolton Pouliot’s stay with the Portland Winterhawks was brief, indeed. Pouliot’s name disappeared from Portland’s roster sometime on Friday. In six games there, the 20-year-old Calgarian was 2-2-0/3.90/.872. . . . He had been gifted to the Winterhawks by Kamloops last month, after going 4-2-0/3.04/.899 with the Blazers. . . . The Winterhawks still have three goaltenders on that roster, in Brendan Burke, Aden Hill and Michael Bullion. . . . Bullion came up from the NAHL’s Wenatchee, Wash., Wild with Burke and Hill both injured. Last night, Bullion went the distance in a 5-4 loss to the visiting Red Deer Rebels. Burke was on the bench in a backup role. . . . Meanwhile, the Winterhawks also have released F Colton Veloso from the roster. The 17-year-old Winnipegger had one goal in eight games.
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When you have a minute or two, visit the website of the Saskatoon Express right here and find the Oct. 20 issue. Flip forward to Page 3 and check out Ned Powers’ story on Jim McIntyre, who has had a lengthy involvement with the midget AAA Saskatoon Contacts. He is 75 years of age and still is the organization’s president. These are the kind of people who are so important to minor hockey today. . . . The 2004-05 Contacts, the national champions, were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 1.
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FRIDAY’S GAMES:

In Regina, D Michael Zipp broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and the Calgary Hitmen went on to a 5-3 victory over the Pats. . . . Zipp, who has two goals, scored at 9:51, just 1:38 after F Austin Wagner had pulled the Pats even with his fourth goal. . . . F Radel Fazleev had a goal, his eighth, and three assists for Calgary, which got two goals from F Connor Rankin, who doubled his output for this season. . . . Calgary D Ben Thomas had three assists, while F Jake Virtanen earned two. . . . Calgary F Pavel Kamaukhov scored his 10th goal on a first-period PP. . . . Calgary was 2-for-2 on the PP. . . . The Hitmen (10-8-1) have won three straight. . . . The Pats (8-9-1) had a three-game winning streak snapped. . . . Regina D James Hilsendager took a puck in the face in the first period and didn’t return. . . .

In Prince Albert, the Seattle Thunderbirds scored the game’s first five goals en route to a 6-2 victory over the Raiders. . . . The visitors, opening an East Division swing, struck for three goals in a span of 2:18 early in the first period to take control. . . . F Ryan Gropp led the Thunderbirds with his eighth goal and two assists. . . . D Evan Wardley and F Scott Eansor each had two assists for the winners. . . . G Taran Kozun stopped 33 shots for Seattle (8-6-3). . . . The Raiders (8-11-0) took 57 of the game’s 80 minutes in penalties. . . . Seattle scratched F Mathew Barzal with an undisclosed injury. Apparently, he could be out for two weeks or so. . . .

In Moose Jaw, D Ty Stanton scored at 4:20 of OT to give the Medicine Hat Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Warriors. . . . Stanton is the younger brother of former Warriors D Ryan Stanton, who now plays with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. . . . Moose Jaw led 2-0 by the 7:27-mark of the first period and also led 3-2 eaerly in the third period. . . . Medicine Hat F Chad Butcher scored his 11th goal at 7:07 of the third to force extra time. . . . Stanton’s third goal won it for the Tigers (13-3-1). . . . F Jack Rodewald scored twice, giving him 10 goals, for Moose Jaw (7-9-2). He’s got 17 points, including eight goals, in his last 12 games. . . . Warriors F Brayden Point had two assists, giving him 14 points over his last 11 games. . . . Medicine Hat was able to dress only 16 skaters, two under the maximum. . . . The same teams play again tonight, this time in Medicine Hat where the Warriors have lost 11 in a row. . . .

In Brandon, G Jordan Papirny turned aside 46 shots to lead the Wheat Kings to a 6-2 victory over the Saskatoon Blades. . . . Brandon (15-3-1) scored four times in the game’s opening 15 minutes as it won for the fifth straight game. . . . F Reid Duke had three assists for Brandon. . . . Wheat Kings F Jayce Hawryluk scored his 12th goal, while F Jesse Gabrielle got his 11th. . . . Brandon’s imports, F Rihards Bukarts and D Ivan Provorov, each had two assists. . . . Saskatoon’s Brett Stovin, a forward pressed into duty on the back end because of injuries, scored his second goal and added an assist. . . . The Blades (5-13-0) have lost four in a row. . . . Among Saskatoon’s scratches were G Nik Amundrud, D Adam Henry and D Jordan Thomson, all of whom have concussions. . . .

In Cranbrook, F Sam Reinhart scored 32 seconds into his first game and the Kootenay Ice went on to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Reinhart, who turned 19 on Thursday, was playing his first game after being returned by the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. He was the second overall selection in the 2014 draft. . . . He also scored 21 seconds into the second period, giving the home side a 2-1 lead. . . . F Tim Bozon helped the Ice with his first goal of the season and an assist. He was playing his first game since re-aggravating an injury on Oct. 25. . . . D Rinat Valiev had three assists for the Ice (5-13-0), which has won two in a row for the first time this season. . . . F Austin Vetterl’s second goal of the season, on a PP at 3:53 of the third period, gave the Ice a 4-2 lead. . . . The Ice had a 30-22 edge in shots. . . . The Oil Kings (9-8-2), who were again without F Edgars Kulda, are 0-5-1 in their last six. . . . Kootenay D Tyler King returned after a four-game absence with an undisclosed injury. . . .

In Lethbridge, F Colby Cave scored the game’s last three goals to give the Swift Current Broncos a 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes. . . . The home side actually led this one 3-0 with 15 minutes to play in the third period. . . . F Tyler Steenbergen got the Broncos on the board at 5:53 of the third period. He’s got three goals. . . . Cave scored seven seconds later, then tied it at 8:11. . . . Cave’s seventh goal of the season won it for the Broncos (11-8-2) at 3:10 of OT. . . . Broncos G Travis Child stopped 27 shots, 15 fewer than Zac Robidoux of the Hurricanes. . . . Lethbridge (5-9-4) has points in its last four (1-0-3). . . .

In Prince George, F Chance Braid had a goal and an assist before being ejected as the Cougars edged the Victoria Royals, 3-2. . . . Braid scored his fifth goal to give his guys a 2-0 lead at 13:19 of the first period. He had assisted on Jari Erricson’s 11th at 8:41. . . . Braid took a charging-from-behind major and game misconduct at 12:11 of the third period so may not be eligible for tonight’s rematch. . . . Cougars F Jansen Harkins scored his fifth goal, on a PP at 5:31 of the third, for a 3-1 lead. . . . The Royals got goals from F Brandon Magee, his fifth, and F Austin Carroll, his 12th. . . . Royals G Jayden Sittler stopped 21 shots in his first WHL start. . . . Victoria (9-9-2) was 2-for-6 on the PP; the Cougars were 1-for-5. . . . The Cougars (11-8-0) have won four in a row. They also swept their last two home-ice doubleheaders, from Vancouver and Kamloops. . . . Prince George was without D Mark McNulty, who suffered an undisclosed injury in practice this week. . . .

In Portland, F Wyatt Johnson broke a 4-4 tie with 10.8 seconds left in the third period as the Red Deer Rebels dropped the Winterhawks, 5-4. . . . Johnson had two goals, giving him nine, and added an assist. . . . The Winterhawks trailed 4-2 in the second period before F Dominic Turgeon, with his fifth, and F Chase De Leo, with his 11th, scored at 15:36 and 16:51. . . . G Tylan Toth stopped 44 shots for Red Deer (9-8-2), including all 15 that were fired his way in the third period. . . . The Winterhawks (7-11-2) had won their previous two games. . . . The Rebels are 3-1-1 on a swing that wraps up tonight against the host Tri-City Americans. . . .

In Kelowna, F Rourke Chartier scored twice to help the Rockets to a 4-2 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. . . . Chartier leads the WHL with 17 goals in 17 games. Last season, he scored 24 times in 72 games. He went into this season with 37 goals in 130 games. . . . F Nick Merkley, the WHL points leader, scored his seventh goal and added an assist. He leads in assists (25) and points (32). . . . The Rockets (16-1-1) scored the game’s first three goals, before the Chiefs (7-5-3) got back in it on goals from F Liam Stewart, his seventh, at 17:52 of the second period and F Adam Helewka, on a penalty shot, 18 seconds into the third. . . . The Rockets are 6-0-1 in their last seven. . . . Kelowna was without F Tyrell Goulbourne, who served a one-game suspension he received for instigating a fight late in a Wednesday game. . . .

In Kennewick, Wash., linemates Parker Bowles and Richard Nejezchleb each had a goal and three assists to help the Tri-City Americans to a 5-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . The Americans, who got 36 stops from G Eric Comrie, scored the game’s first three goals and its last two. . . . Bowles has seven this season. . . . Nejezchleb, a 20-year-old Czech who has two goals, was playing his second game with the Americans since being acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . The Americans (11-8-0) had F Brian Williams and F Justin Gutierrez back from injuries, while F Cole Ully returned to the Blazers’ lineup after an illness-induced absence. . . . Gutierrez scored his third goal, while Ully had an assist. . . . Tri-City D Parker Wotherspoon scored his fifth goal and added two assists. . . . The Blazers (9-9-2) are 0-3-1 in their last four. . . . The Americans were 3-for-6 on the PP, while Kamloops was 0-for-5. . . .

In Vancouver, the Everett Silvertips scored three first-period goals and went on to dump the Giants, 5-1. . . . F Patrick Bajkov scored twice for Everett (12-1-3), which has won six in a row. . . . He’s got five goals. . . . F Graham Millar helped out with his seventh goal and two assists. . . . F Matt Fonteyne and F Logan Aasman each scored his first goal of the season for the Silvertips. . . . Everett G Carter Hart stopped 30 shots, losing his shutout when F Dalton Sward scored his fourth goal at 11:26 of the second period. . . . The Giants are 7-10-0. . . . Each team was given four minor penalties.
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