Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Broncos tie Bow on Wheaties . . . Missing d-men no problem for Tigers . . . Bowey wins it for Rockets





It seems that the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers attempted to purchase the OHL’s Erie Otters in order to move the franchise to Hamilton, which would have led to the Oilers getting a lease at what was then Copps Coliseum in Hamilton. . . . Dave Shoalts of The Globe and Mail takes an intriguing look at that entire situation right here.
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Meanwhile, Jennifer Saltman of the Vancouver Province reports that “a one-year peace bond has been issued for a Vancouver Island junior-league hockey team owner who got into a series of heated confrontations with the owners of another team and their coaching staff.” . . . Saltman’s complete story is right here.
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Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet filed his weekly 30 Thoughts piece on Tuesday. As usual, it’s a must read for hockey fans, and it’s right here.
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TUESDAY’S GAMES:

WHL team logoIn Brandon, G Landon Bow stopped 52 shots through OT and D Max Lajoie scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Swift Current Broncos a 3-2 victory over the Wheat Kings. . . . F Carter Rigby of the Broncos scored the game’s first goal, via the PP, at 10:53 of the first period. He was back in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 11 when he suffered an undisclosed injury. . . . Rigby, who has 14 goals, also had an assist. . . . Broncos F Jake DeBrusk got his 26th at 1:08 of the second for a 2-0 lead. . . . Brandon F Tim McGauley scored his 30th of the season at 11:55 to get his guys on the board. . . . F Morgan Klimchuk tied it with his 18th at 6:28 of the third. . . . Brandon G Jordan Papirny stopped 26 shots as he went for his 30th victory. . . . The Wheat Kings continue to be without F Jayce Hawryluk and D Kyle Clague with undisclosed injuries. They also scratched F John Quenneville from this one. . . . Swift Current is without D Dillon Heatherington for up to six weeks with an undisclosed injury. . . . The Wheat Kings (35-9-5) now are two points behind Kelowna in the race for first overall. Brandon had won its previous six games. . . . The Broncos (22-22-5) had lost three in a row. They are third in the East Division, five points ahead of idle Moose Jaw. . . . In their next five games, the Broncos will play Prince Albert twice and Saskatoon three times. . . .

In Medicine Hat, the Tigers scored the game’s last four goals as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes, 6-3. . . . The visitors took a 3-2 lead into the second period. . . . Tigers D Tyler Lewington tied it at 7:43 of the second and gave his guys the lead at 19:52. He’s got eight goals. . . . F Trevor Cox, who leads the WHL in points, got his 21st goal at 2:49 of the third and F Chad Butcher scored No. 15 at 7:11 on a PP. . . . Cox also had two assists. . . . F Markus Eisenschmid had two goals, giving him 15, and added an assist for Medicine Hat. . . . Tigers F Cole Sanford had three assists, as did freshman D David Quenneville, who enjoyed his first three-point game. . . . Medicine Hat F Dryden Hunt didn’t get a point, thus ending his point streak at 19 games, the longest in the WHL this season. He had 10 goals and 19 assists during his streak. . . . The longest active point streak in the WHL now belongs to Cox, at nine games. . . . Cox has 83 points in 48 games; last season, he finished with 82 in 70 games. He leads the scoring race by eight points over Sanford. . . . Lethbridge F Tyler Wong scored his 20th goal of the season, while F Brayden Burke had two assists. . . . With seven regulars out — including D Tommy Vannelli, Ty Stanton, Kyle Burroughs and Kyle Becker— the Tigers had D Brad Forrest of Calgary and F Ryan Jevne of Edmonton in their lineup. Forrest was an eighth-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft; he plays for the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs. Jevne, who plays for the AJHL’s Drumheller Dragons, was taken in the second round of the 2013 bantam draft. . . . F Zane Franklin, the 43rd overall selection in the 2014 bantam draft, made his debut with the Hurricanes. Franklin, from Marwayne, Alta., is playing for the midget AAA Lloydminster Bobcats. He has 31 points, including 11 goals, in 26 games. . . . The Tigers (34-12-2) have won five in a row. . . . The Hurricanes (11-29-6) entertain the Kootenay Ice tonight. . . .

In Red Deer, D Madison Bowey scored in the fourth round of a shootout to give the Kelowna Rockets a 4-3 victory over the Rebels. . . . Red Deer F Conner Bleackley forced OT with his 23rd goal at 5:29 of the third period. . . . The Rebels took a 2-0 lead with a pair of second-period goals 13 seconds part. . . . F Austin Adamson scored his fourth goal at 3:40 and F Wyatt Johnson added his 20th at 3:53. . . . The Rockets then took the lead with three goals in 2:02. D Madison Bowey got his 12th at 11:55 of the second, with F Justin Kirkland getting his 17th at 13:29 and F Tyson Baillie notching his 30th at 13:57. . . . Kelowna G Jackson Whistler stopped 24 shots through OT and was perfect in the shootout. . . . Red Deer G Rylan Toth turned aside 36 shots. . . . Red Deer was 0-for-4 on the PP, including a 5-on-3 for 1:54 in the second period as it was leading 2-0. . . . Kelowna was 0-for-3. . . . Red Deer won’t have F Evan Polei in its lineup for up to two months. He suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday against visiting Vancouver. . . . The Rockets (37-8-3), who are in Edmonton tonight, have won three straight. . . . The Rebels (27-14-7) are 7-0-2 in their last nine games. They are second in the Central Division, two points ahead of idle Calgary.
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