Thursday, January 1, 2015

Tigers forward has surgery . . . Shmyr, Patrick lead Wheaties . . . The real winter classic



The Medicine Hat Tigers will be without F Steve Owre for up to six weeks, according to Bob Ridley, the team’s radio voice. Ridley tweeted Thursday that Owre “had jaw surgery today.” . . . Owre, an 18-year-old from Rocklin, Calif., is in his third season with the Tigers. He has career highs in goals (13), assists (21) and points (34) in 36 games this season. Last season, he finished with 32 points, including 12 goals, in 70 games.
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Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province reports that Vancouver Giants F Ty Ronning (collarbone) won’t play for another “7-10 days.” Ronning was injured during the exhibition season. . . . Ewen also reported that Giants GM Scott Bonner told him that D Shaun Dosanjh will be out “at least four weeks” and D Clayton Kirichenko “is out three more weeks.” Both have undisclosed injuries. . . . Ewen has more right here.
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The Everett Silvertips open an East Division swing against the Prince Albert Raiders tonight. Everett lost defencemen Kevin Davis and Tristen Pfeifer during a 4-2 loss to the host Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday. If they can’t play tonight, the Silvertips could use Jantzen Leslie, their first-round selection in the 2014 bantam draft. Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald reports that Jantzen, who is from Lloydminster, Alta., has joined the Silvertips for the games in the East Division. He plays for the midget AAA Lloydminster Bobcats.
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The Kamloops Blazers, who haven’t played at home since Dec. 6, entertain the Kelowna Rockets tonight. The Blazers had a road-heavy schedule in the season’s first half and now will play 20 of their last 32 games at home. . . . D Brady Gaudet’s playing status with the Blazers isn’t known. He was just back from missing 18 games with a shoulder injury when he took a hit from Kelowna’s Rourke Chartier in a Saturday game. Gaudet didn’t return.
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Pour a cup of coffee, or whatever your choice of beverage is, and read this superb feature from Los Angeles Magazine on Darryl Sutter, the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. Written by Paul Brownfield, it is right here.
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Richard Sandomir, the TV sports columnist for The New York Times, has a listing of his top 10 sports movies and that list is right here. No, it doesn’t include Slap Shot.
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THURSDAY’S GAME:

In Saskatoon, the Brandon Wheat Kings scored the game’s last four goals to beat the Blades, 5-2. . . . F Braylon Shmyr, who enjoyed the first two-goal game of his WHL career, broke a 2-2 tie with a PP goal 9:24 of the second period. He’s got eight goals this season. . . . Freshman F Nolan Patrick added two insurance goals, at 18:42 of the second and 11:15 of the third. . . . Patrick has 16 goals. . . . Saskatoon F Wyatt Sloboshan scored the game’s first goal, his fourth of the season. It was his first goal in his fourth game since returning from a broken jaw. . . . Brandon G Alex Moodie, who was acquired earlier in the season from the Blades, stopped 30 shots. . . . Brandon F Tyler Coulter had three assists, with F Jayce Hawryluk adding two. . . . According to Les Lazaruk, the radio voice of the Blades, Saskatoon went into the game “17-10-1 all-time on New Year's Day, 12-4-0 at home and 4-0-0 against @bdnwheatkings...all in Saskatoon.” . . . The Wheat Kings (28-7-4) have won four in a row since the Christmas break and are 7-0-2 in their last nine. . . . The Blades (9-27-3) have lost two in a row. . . . Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has a game story right here.
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