Sunday, March 1, 2015

Broncos defenceman gets NHL deal . . . Pollock sparks Oil Kings . . . Pats clinch playoff spot








D Dylan Yeo (Prince George, Calgary, 2003-07) has signed a one-year extension with the Straubing Tigers (Germany, DEL). This season, in 49 games, he has seven goals and 16 assists.
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A couple of old friends reunited on the weekend as the Moose Jaw Warriors  held a 30th anniversary celebration. Tim Hunter, the Warriors’ head coach, and former Warriors captain Theo Fleury were teammates and roommates with the NHL’s Calgary Flames back in the day. . . . Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald has more right here.
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D Dillon Heatherington of the Swift Current Broncos has signed with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. The 50th overall selection in the NHL’s 2013 draft, Heatherington signed a three-year entry-level deal. This season, he has 12 points, including 11 assists, in 38 games. He returned this weekend from an injury that kept him out of action from Jan. 23 until Feb. 28. . . . Heatherington played for Canada as it won gold at the 2015 World Junior Championship.
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THE PLAYOFF PICTURE:

EAST DIVISION: Brandon (9 games remaining) will finish atop the Eastern Conference standings and now trails Kelowna by one point in the race for first place overall. . . . Regina (9) will finish second in the division. The Pats clinched a playoff spot on Sunday. . . . Swift Current (9) is third, eight points ahead of Moose Jaw (9), which lost in Regina and now is seven points behind Edmonton (9), which holds down the conference’s second wild-card berth.
CENTRAL DIVISION: Calgary (9) is atop the division, two points ahead of Medicine Hat (9). . . . Red Deer (10) is third, seven points behind Medicine Hat and five ahead of Kootenay (8), which is in possession of the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot. . . . Edmonton (9) won at home on Sunday and is five points behind Kootenay.
B.C. DIVISION: Kelowna (9) has clinched first place in the Western Conference and holds a one-point lead over Brandon atop the overall standings. . . . Victoria (10) will finish second. . . . Prince George (9) has won three straight and moved back into third place, one point ahead of Vancouver (10) and two up on Kamloops (9). . . . Vancouver is two points behind Tri-City (9), which holds down the conference’s second wild-card berth.
U.S. DIVISION: Everett (9) sits atop the division, but is only two points ahead of Portland (10). . . . Seattle (10) is third, nine points behind Portland and six ahead of Spokane (11). . . . Spokane holds the conference’s first wild-card spot. . . . Spokane is seven points ahead of Tri-City (9), which is 2-8-0 in its last 10 and clinging to that second wild-card spot.
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IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY:

Eastern Conference
Brandon vs. Edmonton
Calgary vs. Kootenay
Regina vs. Swift Current
Medicine Hat vs. Red Deer
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Western Conference
Kelowna vs. Tri-City
Everett vs. Spokane
Victoria vs. Prince George
Portland vs. Seattle
(NOTE: Team with home-ice advantage shown first.)
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SUNDAY’S GAMES:

In Edmonton, F Brett Pollock scored two goals and added two assists as the Oil Kings beat the Prince Albert Raiders, 5-3. . . . Pollock was in on the game’s first three goals, drawing an assist on F Edgar Kulda’s 10th goal at 4:54 of the first period and then scoring twice, at 7:59 and 12:28 of the first. . . . Pollock has 29 goals. . . . The Oil Kings led 3-1 and 5-2 at the intermissions. . . . Edmonton F Lane Bauer scored his 21st goal and added two assists. . . . F Reid Gardiner and F Simon Stransky each had a goal and an assist for the Raiders. Gardiner has 29 goals; Stransky has 11. . . . Each team was 0-for-4 on the PP. . . . The Oil Kings (29-28-6) have won two in a row. . . . The Raiders (24-35-3) have lost three straight. . . .

In Regina, the Pats dropped the Moose Jaw Warriors 6-2 in a game that featured seven goals in the third period. . . . Regina F Pavel Padakin scored the game’s first goal, on a penalty shot, at 16:29 of the first period. . . . Warriors F Brett Howden tied the game with his 16th goal at 1:29 of the third. . . . Regina F Rykr Cole restored the one-goal lead at 2:15. He’s got eight goals. . . . Moose Jaw F Torrin White scored his 12th goal at 4:01. . . . After that, it was all Regina, with F Braden Christoffer getting his 21st at 9:55 and Padakin opening up a two-goal lead with No. 23 at 13:35. . . . F Jesse Gabrielle iced it with his 21st, on a PP, at 16:39 and F Adam Brooks added is 26th, shorthanded, into an empty net. . . . The Warriors scratched three of their top six forwards -- Axel Blomqvist, Tanner Eberle and Jaimen Yakubowski, as well as D Tyler Brown. . . . They listed D Connor Clouston and F Jayden Halbgewachs as their fourth line. . . . The Pats (34-20-9) had been 0-1-2 in their last three. . . . The Warriors (26-32-5) had won their previous two games. . . . Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald has a game story right here. . . .

In Saskatoon, F Brett Stovin’s 28th goal of the season gave the Blades a 2-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos. . . . Stovin, the Blades’ captain, broke a 1-1 tie on a PP at 8:33 of the second period. . . . D Schael Higson gave the Blades a 1-0 lead with his third goal at 4:26 of the first period. . . . F Zac Mackay scored his fifth goal for the Broncos at 5:50 of the second. . . . Blades D Amil Krupic had two assists. . . . Saskatoon G Brock Hamm stopped 39 shots, eight more than Travis Child of the Broncos. . . . It was the second time in four days that the Blades had beaten the Broncos. Saskatoon won 6-2 at home on Wednesday. . . . The Blades (19-40-4) are within four points of Lethbridge, which is only five points behind Prince Albert. . . . The Broncos (30-28-5) have dropped three straight. . . . Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has a game story right here.
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MONDAY’S GAME

(all times local)
Seattle at Victoria, 7 p.m.
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TUESDAY’S GAMES

(all times local)
Edmonton at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Red Deer at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m.
Calgary at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
Seattle at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Kelowna at Everett, 7:05 p.m.
Vancouver at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.


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