Friday, April 3, 2015

Ice stays alive . . . Everett showing Hart . . . Broncos captain gets NHL deal








F Jamie Lundmark (Moose Jaw, Seattle, 1998-2001) has signed a two-year extension with Klagenfurt (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). In 54 games, Lundmark had 24 goals and 25 assists. He led his team in goals, assists and points, and was eighth in the league’s scoring race.
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FRIDAY’S GAMES:

In Calgary, F Levi Cable was credited with the OT goal that gave the Kootenay Ice a 5-4 victory over the Hitmen. . . . Calgary leads the series 3-2 as they head back to Cranbrook for Game 6 tonight. . . . It was the third time in five games that the teams needed OT to settle things. . . . Calgary F Adam Tambellini scored the winner in both of those games and he came close early in OT last night, only to be thwarted by G Wyatt Hoflin. . . . Moments later, at 6:05, Ice F Luke Philp took a shot that ended up in the Calgary goal to win the game. Cable, who had scored earlier in the game, doesn’t think he touched the puck, so the goal likely will be changed to Philp, who already had a goal and three assists. . . . The teams combined for two first-period goals, six in the second and none in the third. . . . Ice F Sam Reinhart tied the game 4-4 with his fourth goal of the series, on a PP, at 19:51 of the second. . . . The Hitmen had taken a 4-2 lead when F Kenton Helgesen got his fourth goal, via a PP, at 12:51. . . . The Ice cut the deficit to one on Philp’s shorthanded goal at 17:48. . . . Philp and Tambellini, who had two assists, lead the playoff scoring race, each with 11 points. Tambellini has five goals; Philp has three, or maybe four. . . . Reinhart, who took 10 minor penalties in 47 regular-season games, took two minors for the second straight game. He was in the penalty box for Helgesen’s PP goal and for Philp’s shorthanded score. . . . Ice F Tim Bozon had two assists. . . . F Radel Fazleev scored twice for Calgary. . . . Hoflin finished with 24 saves, seven fewer than Calgary’s Brendan Burke. . . . The Ice was 2-for-8 on the PP; the Hitmen were 2-for-3. . . . Attendance was 9,121. . . . A post-game tweet from the Ice: “DID YOU KNOW: tonight marked the 1st playoff OT win for the ICE vs. Calgary since 04/29/00 (KTN 6 @ 5 CGY). Zdenek Blatny had the OT winner. . . . Scott Fisher of the Calgary Sun has a game story right here.

In Spokane, the Everett Silvertips scored the game’s first three goals and went on to a 3-1 victory over the Chiefs. . . . Everett goes home for tonight’s fifth game with a 3-1 lead in the series. . . . F Logan Aasman got Everett on the board at 2:21 of the second period and F Nikita Scherbak made it 2-0 at 11:54. . . . F Brayden Low upped the lead to 3-0 at 6:48 of the third. . . . F Kailer Yamamoto scored for the Chiefs, on a PP, at 10:53 of the third. . . . Everett G Carter Hart stopped 31 shots, 12 more than Garret Hughson of the Chiefs. . . . Everett F Dawson Leedahl skated in the warmup but was scratched. With him out, Everett dressed D Jantzen Leslie, a first-round pick from the 2014 bantam draft. D Jordan Wharrie saw time as a forward. . . . Attendance was 5,130. . . . The Chiefs were 1-for-7 on the PP; the Silvertips were 0-for-5. . . . Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald has a game story right here. . . .
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There weren’t any embellishment penalties handed out in the Everett-Spokane game, despite both coaches having complained about the opposition’s diving tactics. . . . If you missed it, Everett head coach Kevin Constantine filled in Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald on Thursday:
“Their diving and their flopping to me has almost turned into an Olympic sport. It was very evident, it was epidemic in the game (Wednesday) night.
“I think a couple players on our team over the course of the season gave us a false team reputation of going down easy. Our team has never promoted that or done that, even though there's a couple players who have done it a little. It's nothing compared to what Spokane has done in the first three games."
With Spokane’s special teams having been better in the regular season, Constantine told Patterson that the Chiefs “as a team, conspired to turn this into a flopping contest. You could pick out 10 times before what happened with Scherbak in overtime — 10 times — where they just purposely dropped to the ice. I don't debate that Scherbak, in the case of the overtime penalty, might have tried to encourage the ref to make a call the other way and got called for it. But that call that was made on Scherbak should have been called on Spokane 10 times prior to that call being made. I could show you the 10 times (on video) right now.
“To me it's a bit comical and a bit frustrating how much Spokane is just flopping all over the ice. I think it's a travesty to the game, I think it's bad for the game that they're doing that, and I hope the officiating can stay on top of them doing that.”
Patterson’s complete story is right here.
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F Colby Cave of the Swift Current Broncos has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Cave, who just completed his 20-year-old season with the Broncos, was an undrafted unrestricted free agent. . . . From Battleford, Sask., Cave had career highs in goals (35), assists (40) and points (75) this season. He played all 72 regular-season games for a third straight season. . . . In 287 career games, he had 202 points, 95 of the goals.
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The Brandon Wheat Kings and Regina Pats will be well-rested by the time they begin their second-round series on Friday. Both teams completed first-round sweeps on Wednesday. . . . “It’s uncommon to have breaks this long,” Kelly McCrimmon, the Wheat Kings’ owner/GM/head coach, told Rob Henderson of the Brandon Sun. “(The Pats) swept their series so they were done on Wednesday night. We had a real compressed schedule so by playing five games in seven nights were done on Wednesday, and it’s going to give both teams a lot of opportunity to be ready for Round 2.” . . . McCrimmon gave his players a couple of days off, while he was in Winnipeg on Friday scouting the Western Canadian bantam championship.
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The NHL’s Montreal Canadiens have assigned Swift Current Broncos D Brett Lernout to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Lernout was selected by Montreal in the third round of the 2014 NHL draft and signed a three-year contract with the Habs on Dec. 19. . . . This sesason, Lernout, 19, had 42 points, including 14 goals, in 72 games with the Broncos, whose season ended this week with a first-round loss to the Regina Pats. . . . The Bulldogs are at home to the Utica Comets tonight.
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F Mads Eller of the Edmonton Oil Kings played hurt as his squad lost to the Brandon Wheat Kings in five games. Chris O’Leary of the Edmonton Journal has more right here on Eller and his broken mastoid process.
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The Everett Silvertips have signed F Spencer Gerth, 16, a list player who was in their training camp prior to this season. Gerth spent the season with the junior B Golden Rockets of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Ty Davidson, who was the Rockets’ GM/head coach, is the son of Everett GM Garry Davidson. . . . Gerth had 22 points, including eight goals, in 52 games with Golden.
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KABOOM! . . . The Kimberley Dynamiters opened the Cyclone Taylor Cup — B.C.’s junior B championship tournament — with a 2-1 victory over the host Mission Outlaws on Friday night. . . . F Braden Saretsky, who turns 19 on April 16, scored the Nitros’ first goal, to continue his amazing playoff run. The West Kelowna native now has 19 goals in 23 playoff games; he scored 19 goals in 44 regular-season games. He played the first 19 games of the season with the KIJHL’s Summerland Steam and the last 25 with the Dynamiters. . . . Kimberley faces the Campbell River Storm today at 2 p.m. Pacific.
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