Friday, December 12, 2014

Gaglardi, company fined . . . Raiders honour quintet . . . Chiefs, Cougars stage comebacks

Tom Gaglardi's summer home near Savona, B.C., known as Tom's Shack,
was front and centre in a court case that wrapped up Friday in Kamloops.

(Photo: Kent Simmonds - CFJC-TV)
Tom Gaglardi arrives at the Kamloops
Law Courts on Jan. 15, 2014, during his
trial on environmental charges.
(Photo: Dave Eagles, Kamloops This Week)

Tom Gaglardi, the owner of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and the majority owner of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, appeared in a Kamloops courtroom on Friday for sentencing on environmental-related charges.
Kamloops provincial court Judge Stephen Harrison ordered Gaglardi and Northland Properties to pay $20,000 in fines and another $120,000 to the B.C. Conservation Foundation.
The Crown had asked for a fine of $300,000, while the defence suggested $50,000 to $75,000 would be more appropriate.
The charges stemmed from unauthorized alterations made to the shoreline near a summer home Gaglardi owns on Kamloops Lake, near Savona, B.C.
Tim Petruk of Kamloops This Week was in the courtroom and has a story right here.

The Prince Albert Raiders will install three players two builders on their Wall of Honour before they meet the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Jan. 17.
The three players are:
Mark Odnokon, a former stickboy who played for the SJHL Raiders (1979-82) and later (1990-92) worked as an assistant coach;
Jeff Nelson, who put up 87 points in his freshman season (1988-89), finished with 295 points over four seasons, holds the WHL record for longest scoring streak (56 games) and twice was saluted as the CHL’s scholastic player of the year; and,
Denis Pederson, who recorded 239 points over three seasons (1992-95).
The two builders are:
Milt Fisher, a scout whose finger prints are all over the Raiders’ junior A Centennial Cup titles and the Memorial Cup championship; and,
Nestor Hryciuk, who was active behind the scenes for many years and did a stint as president of the Raiders’ board (1986-88).
The complete news release is right here.
On Dec. 12, 1978, the Brandon Wheat Kings were riding a 29-game season-opening unbeaten streak.
That night, they played an exhibition game against the Moscow Selects, a touring team from the then-Soviet Union. The Wheat Kings were beaten 9-3 and left immediately after the game for Edmonton, where they would meet the Oil Kings the very next night.
On Dec. 13, 1978, the Oil Kings scored nine power-play goals -- that’s right, nine PP goals -- and beat the Wheat Kings, 9-4.
It seems that Brandon head coach Dunc McCallum felt the Oil Kings were taking liberties with Wheat Kings sniper Brian Propp. So . . . McCallum addressed that subject in the second intermission.
And so it was that the third period began with a brawl. No, the teams didn’t dump the benches, but it was a disturbance that took about 25 minutes to quell.
The decision left Brandon with a 25-1-4 record, the 4 representing ties.
One night later, the Wheat Kings beat the host Oil Kings, 9-5.
Brandon, a team that included Kelly McCrimmon, the present-day owner, general manager and head coach of the Wheat Kings, went on to finish that season at 58-5-9, before winning the playoff title with an 18-4 run.
Elliotte Friedman deals with the Babwatch in the latest edition of 30 Thoughts, and it’s all right here.

The Moose Jaw Warriors have added F Braden Oleksyn, 18, to their roster. They’ve got some injures and F Brayden Point is at the Canadian national junior team’s selection camp. . . . Oleksyn, from Saskatoon, was a third-round pick by the Calgary Hitmen in the 2011 bantam draft. He has been with the SJHL’s Kindersley Klippers. . . . Oleksyn has played 19 WHL games -- seven with the Hitmen and 12 with the Victoria Royals, including two this season. . . .
The Regina Pats have recalled D Nathyn Mortlock, 18, from the SJHL’s Melville Millionaires. He has one assist in 20 games with the moneymen. . . . On Thursday, the Pats added F Jacob Elmer, 15, from the EDGE School in Calgary and D Ryan Krushen, 16, from the midget AAA Sherwood Park Kings. . . . All three players skated with the Pats on Friday. The Pats are scheduled to meet the Blades in Saskatoon on Saturday. . . .
Prior to last night’s games, Portland freelancer Scott Sepich pointed out via Twitter that the Winterhawks’ next 10 games will comprise four against the Spokane Chiefs, four against the Seattle Thunderbirds and two against the Tri-City Americans. . . . As well, Sepich pointed out that the Winterhawks have just three games left in Canada this season.
In Saskatoon, G Justin Paulic stopped 25 shots as the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the Blades, 3-0. . . . It was Paulic’s first shutout this season and the second of his career. . . . The Warriors scored two empty-net goals. . . . F Jiri Smejkal’s third goal of the season, at 10:01 of the first period, stood up as the winner . . . . Saskatoon G Nik Amundrud stopped 29 shots. . . . The Warriors (15-14-3) have won two in a row. . . . It was the Blades’ ninth straight loss (0-7-2), but the first time they have been blanked this season. They now are 7-23-3 but have won just twice in their last 19 outings. . . . Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has a game story right here. . . . Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald has more right here. . . . The Warriors are at home to the Red Deer Rebels tonight, while the Blades will entertain the Regina Pats. . . .

In Brandon, F Tim McGauley ran his point streak to 10 games in leading the Wheat Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . McGauley scored his 18th goal shorthanded at 10:37 of the second period to give Brandon a 2-0 lead. He also had an assist. He has 10 goals and nine assists during his streak. . . . The Wheat Kings scored the game’s first four goals and then watched as Swift Current scored twice in the last four minutes. . . . Freshman F Duncan Campbell, who is from Brandon, scored the Teddy Bear goal at 1:59 of the first period. It was his seventh goal of the season. . . . Attendance was 4,941, the Wheat Kings’ largest crowd this season. . . . Brandon F Nolan Patrick, another freshman, ran his goal streak to four games. He has five goals in those four games and 13 for the season. . . . Wheat Kings D Macoy Erkamps had two assists. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 29 shots in becoming the first WHL goaltender to 20 victories this season. . . . Brandon F Rihards Bukarts was back after six-game absence with an undisclosed injury, but the Wheaties scratched F Jayce Hawryluk with a UI. . . . Brandon (23-7-3) has points in its last three games (2-0-1). . . . The Broncos are 16-14-4. . . .

In Cranbrook, F Zak Zborosky scored with 55.5 seconds left in OT to give the Kootenay Ice a 3-2 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . Zborosky’s eighth goal of the season, at 12:53 of the second period on the PP, had tied the game at 2. He had his first two-goal game. . . . The winner was credited to Zborosky, then changed to F Matt Alfaro and then given back to Zborosky. . . . The Raiders (15-17-1) had lost their previous three games -- 1-0, 1-0 and 3-0. . . . The Ice (16-17-0) had lost its previous two games. . . . Ice G Wyatt Hoflin stopped 25 shots, three fewer than the Raiders’ Rylan Parenteau. . . . The Ice was 2-for-9 on the PP; the Raiders were 0-for-2. . . . F Tim Bozon had two assists for Kootenay. . . . Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has a game story right here. . . . The Ice will meet the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings tonight, while the Raiders wrap up a seven-game road swing in Medicine Hat. . . .

In Medicine Hat, F Gage Quinney, playing his first game with Kelowna, scored the winning goal as the Rockets beat the Tigers, 4-2. . . . Quinney and D Josh Morrissey were acquired by Kelowna from the Prince Albert Raiders for D Jesse Lees, F Austin Glover and a couple of bantam draft picks. . . . Quinney’s seventh goal of the season, at 13:25 of the third period, gave the Rockets a 3-1 lead. . . . Kelowna F Tyson Baillie scored twice, giving him 21 for the season. . . . F Mark Rassell scored the Teddy Bear goal, giving him four this season. . . . The Tigers had F Markus Eisenschmid back in the lineup. He hadn’t played since Oct. 28. . . . Peter Anholt, the new GM/head coach of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, was in the stands, along with assistant coach Bryan Maxwell. . . . The Rockets (26-4-3) have won three in a row. . . . The Tigers, who entertain Prince Albert tonight, are 22-8-2 and three points behind the Eastern Conference-leading Brandon Wheat Kings. . . .

In Portland, the Spokane Chiefs unleashed a 53-shot barrage and overcame a 3-1 deficit in beating the Winterhawks, 4-3. . . . Including exhibition, regular-season and playoff games, Portland had beaten Spokane in 18 straight games. . . . Last season, the Winterhawks won the season series, 8-0-0. . . . The Winterhawks and Chiefs will meet eight times this season; this was game No. 1. In contrast, the Chiefs and Seattle Thunderbirds already have played each other seven times. . . . The Winterhawks took a 3-1 lead into the third period. . . . Spokane F Kailer Yamamoto scored his seventh goal at 5:24, F Adam Helewka equalized with his 15th goal at 7:06 and F Keanu Yamamoto won it with his sixth goal at 14:58. . . . F Dominic Turgeon scored his 10th goal and drew two assists for the Winterhawks. . . . Portland G Adan Hill stopped 49 shots, 20 more than Spokane’s Garret Hughson. . . . The Chiefs (15-12-3) snapped a five-game losing streak. . . . The Winterhawks (17-14-3) had won their previous two games. . . . Portland travels to Kent, Wash., to meet the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight. . . . The Chiefs are at home to Prince George tonight. . . .

In Kennewick, Wash., G Evan Sarthou turned aside 17 shots to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 3-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Sarthou, the starter while Eric Comrie is with the Canadian national junior team, has two shutouts this season. . . . F Richard Nejezchleb scored the only goal the Americans would need, on a PP at 7:31 of the first period. It also was a Teddy Bear goal. . . . The Americans were 2-for-3 on the PP; Seattle was 0-for-3. . . . Attendance was 5,227. . . . The Americans (17-13-1) have points in three straight (2-0-1). . . . The Thunderbirds are 13-14-4. . . . The Americans travel to Everett tonight, while the Thunderbirds play host to Portland in Kent, Wash. . . .

In Victoria, the Vancouver Giants took control with three straight second-period goals and went on to beat the Royals, 6-3. . . . Vancouver F Thomas Foster broke a 1-1 tie with a PP goal at 6:10 of the second period. He’s got seven goals. . . . Giants F Jakob Stukel followed with his second goal, at 9:21, and F Jesse Roach got his second at 13:22 via the PP. . . . The Royals were never able to catch up. . . . Victoria F Brandon Magee scored his 10th goal of the season and 100th of his career in the third period. . . . F Axel Blomqvist scored the Teddy Bear goal, tying the game at 2:33 of the second period. . . . The Giants (14-18-0) have won five straight. They  are just one point behind the ninth-place Kamloops Blazers and eight in arrears of eighth-place Seattle in the Western Conference. . . . The Royals (17-15-2) had won their previous two games. . . . The same two teams meet tonight in Vancouver. . . .

In Everett, the Prince George Cougars scored three third-period goals and beat the Silvertips, 3-1. . . . Everett F Kohl Bauml, with his 11th goal, gave his side a 1-0 lead on the PP at 18:00 of the first period. . . . Cougars F Jansen Harkins tied it with his 10th at 1:30 of the third and D Tate Olson gave the visitors the lead, with his fourth, at 14:55. . . . F Chase Witala scored his 17th into an empty net. . . . Cougars G Ty Edmonds stopped 26 shots. . . . Everett F Dawson Leedahl (knee) returned to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 18, but F Nikita Scherbak (ill) sat out, as did D Ben Betker (concussion). . . . The Cougars (17-15-0) have won four in a row. . . . The Silvertips now are 18-8-4. . . . The Cougars are in Spokane tonight, while the Tri-City Americans visit Everett.

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