Saturday, December 13, 2014

Some Christmas viewing . . . Blades' boss talking changes . . . Happy Noel in Vancouver

In the spirit of the season, some WHL teams are getting out the video equipment and having some fun, all for the viewing pleasure of their fans.
The Tri-City Americans provide us with some Christmas Cheer right here.
Meanwhile, the Calgary Hitmen do some Jingle Bell rocking right here.
Enjoy!
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SATURDAY’S GAMES:

In Moose Jaw, the Red Deer Rebels scored three first-period goals en route to a 4-1 victory over the Warriors. . . . F Meyer Nell, with his seventh, F Riley Sheen, with No. 6, and D Brett Cote, with his seventh, got the Rebels off to that lead. . . . Red Deer (18-11-4) has won four straight and plays in Brandon this afternoon. . . . The Warriors (15-15-3) had won their previous two games. . . .

In Saskatoon, F Braden Christoffer scored with 3.3 seconds left in the third period to give the Regina Pats a 5-4 victory over the Blades. . . . F Cameron Hebig’s seventh goal, 18 seconds into the third period, gave Saskatoon a 4-3 lead. . . . Regina F Carter Harrison scored his second goal of the season at 6:02 to tie the game. . . . Christoffer won it with his 11th goal. . . . F Sam Steel had a goal, his ninth, and two assists for the Pats. The goal was a shorthanded effort. . . . Blades F Brett Stovin scored the Teddy Bear goal, his 10th, at 2:21 of the first period. . . . Saskatoon D Jordan Thomson was back in the lineup after missing 16 games with a concussion. . . . Regina improved to 19-11-1, while the Blades (7-24-3) lost their 10th straight (0-8-2). . . . After the game, Bob Woods, the Blades’ GM and head coach, was talking change. “There are going to be changes. End of story. I don’t care,” Woods told Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. “I’ll play with 16- and 17-year-olds because they’re supposed to make those types of mistakes. Eighteen, 19-, 20-year-olds aren’t supposed to make those types of mistakes. They’re not setting a good example right now. That just says that they’re not the right types of leaders.” . . . Nugent-Bowman’s game story is right here. . . .

In Calgary, the Hitmen erased a 1-0 deficit with three straight goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers. . . . F Cole Ully gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead when he scored his 15th goal at 8:29 of the first period. . . . Calgary F Connor Rankin tied it with his 15th at 10:25, via the PP, and the Hitmen took the lead on second-period goals by D Loch Morrison, his third, and F Chase Lang, his 14th, also via the PP. . . . F Adam Tambellini later got his 18th goal for Calgary. . . . The Blazers had D Nolan Kneen, the third overall pick in the 2014 bantam draft, in their lineup. . . . Calgary D Keegan Kanzig was a healthy scratch -- Scott Fisher of the Calgary Sun tweeted that it was for “team discipline” -- by a team that was missing three other defencemen. Travis Sanheim is at the Canadian national junior team’s selection camp, while Ben Thomas and Colby Harmsworth have undisclosed injuries. . . . Attendance was 10,012. . . . The Hitmen (18-11-3) have won four in a row. . . . The Blazers (12-18-5) have lost five straight and now are in the basement of the 10-team Western Conference, one point behind the Vancouver Giants. . . . The Hitmen entertain the Kelowna Rockets this afternoon, while the Blazers are in Lethbridge where Peter Anholt makes his debut as the Hurricanes’ head coach. . . .

In Cranbrook, F Matt Alfaro broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and the Kootenay Ice went on to a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Alfaro scored his fifth goal at 8:01. . . . The Ice took a 3-1 lead into the third period, only to have the Oil Kings tie it on goals from D Blake Orban, his sixth, 25 seconds in, and F Brandon Ralph, his second, at 5:46. . . . The Ice later got insurance from D Bryan Albee, his third, at 16:27, and F Ryan Chynoweth, his first, an empty-netter at 19:25. . . . The Ice (17-17-0) has won two in a row. . . . The Oil Kings now are 15-13-5. . . . Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman has more right here. . . .

In Medicine Hat, F Cole Sanford and F Trevor Cox each had two goals and three assists to help the Tigers to a 7-4 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders. . . . F Steve Owre, the third member of that line, had a goal and an assist. . . . Owre and Cox were plus-5; Sanford was plus-4. . . . Sanford is up to 23 goals, while Cox and Owre each has 11. . . . The Tigers improved to 23-8-2. . . . The Raiders (15-18-1) have lost five in a row (0-4-1). . . .

In Vancouver, G Cody Porter stopped 27 shots to lead the Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Victoria Royals. . . . Porter has two shutouts in his freshman season. . . . D Mason Geertsen scored twice, giving him four, and added an assist. . . . Vancouver was 3-for-5 on the PP; Victoria was 0-for-5. . . . The Giants, who are 5-0-0 under head coach Claude Noel, held a 51-27 edge in shots. . . . Victoria scratched F Brandon Magee with an undisclosed injury. . . . Vancouver (15-18-0) has won six in a row and vacated the Western Conference basement in the process. The Giants now are ninth, one point ahead of the Kamloops Blazers. . . . The Royals (17-16-2) have lost two in a row. They were beaten 6-3 at home by the Giants on Friday night. . . . Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province has more right here. . . .

In Spokane, F Liam Stewart broke a 3-3 tie late in the third period as the Chiefs beat the Prince George Cougars, 3-2. . . . Stewart scored his 11th goal at 15:56. . . . The Chiefs took a 2-0 lead in the first period. . . . F Hudson Elynuik scored his first goal, a Teddy Bear goal, at 9:16 and F Adam Helewka got No. 16 at 14:22. . . . D Marc McNulty scored both Prince George goals, at 18:45 of the first and 7:18 of the second. . . . He’s got six goals this season. . . . Attendance was 8,038. . . . The Chiefs (16-12-3), who visit Prince George on Tuesday and Wednesday, have won two in a row. . . . The Cougars (17-16-0) had a four-game winning streak end. . . .

In Kent, Wash., F Miles Koules broke a 1-1 tie at 12:39 of the third period to give the Portland Winterhawks a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . Koules has 13 goals. . . . D Blake Heinrich drew assists on both Portland goals. . . . F Chase De Leo scored his 17th goal for Portland at 3:30 of the second, on a PP. . . . Seattle tied it on F Keegan Kolesar’s 10th goal at 6:15 of the second. . . . Portland G Brendan Burke stopped 34 shots, 11 more than Seattle’s Taran Kozun. . . . The Winterhawks now are 18-14-3, while Seattle slipped to 13-15-4. . . . Portland is in Kennewick, Wash., for a game with the Tri-City Americans tonight. . . .

In Everett, F Remi Laurencelle broke a 2-2 tie in the second period and that goal stood up as the winner as the Silvertips got past the Tri-City Americans, 4-2. . . . Laurencelle, who has seven goals, scored at 10:36 of the second. . . . F Kohl Bauml added insurance with his 12th at 13:45. . . . The third period was scoreless. . . . Each team scored twice on the PP. . . . Everett G Carter Hart turned aside 21 shots, 14 fewer than Tri-City’s Evan Sarthou. . . . D Noah Juulsen drew two assists for Everett (19-8-4). . . . D Brandon Carlo had two assists for the Americans (17-14-1), who are at home to Portland tonight. . . . Everett F Nikita Scherbak returned after a one-game absence due to the flu. But F Jake Mykitiuk (flu) sat this one out. Everett continues to be without D Ben Betker (concussion).

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