Saturday, May 2, 2015

Lots for MacBeth to report . . . Rockets lose forward indefinitely . . . Virtanen off to AHL

F Sebastian Svendsen (Vancouver, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, 2009-12) has signed a one-year contract with Frederikshavn (Denmark, Metal Ligaen). This season, with Herlev (Denmark, Metal Ligaen), he had seven goals and two assists in 34 games. He was an alternate captain. . . .
D Tomáš Voráček (Prince Albert, 2007-09) has been assigned on loan by Libbers to Mladá Boleslav (both Czech Republic, Extraliga) for next season. This season, he had five assists in 39 games with Liberec. . . .
D Tomáš Andrlik (Prince Albert, Prince George, 2013-15) has signed a tryout contract with Plzeň (Czech Republic, Extraliga). This season, with Prince Albert and Prince George, he had four goals and four assists in 62 games. . . .
D Renat Mamashev (Moose Jaw, 2000-01) has signed a one-year contract with Sochi (Russia, KHL). This season, with Sibir Novosibirsk (Russia, KHL), he had two goals and 11 assists in 33 games. . . .
F Ned Lukacevic (Spokane, Swift Current, 2001-06) has signed a one-year contract with the Coventry Blaze (England, UK Elite). This season, with the Fife Flyers (Scotland, UK Elite), he had a team-high 65 points, including 27 goals, in 60 games. . . .
F Kris Schmidli (Kelowna, Prince Albert, 2013-15) has signed a one-year contract with the GCK Lions Zurich (Switzerland, NL B). This season, with Kelowna and Prince Albert, he had 12 goals and 22 assists in 50 games. . . .
F Kris Foucault (Swift Current, Kootenay, Calgary, 2006-11) has signed a one-year contract with the GCK Lions Zurich (Switzerland, NL B). This season, with the Vienna Capitals (Austria, Erste Bank Liga), he had 22 goals and 25 assists in 54 games. He led the Capitals in goals, assists and points. . . .
F Lukáš Vantuch (Calgary, Lethbridge, 2005-07) has signed a one-year extension with Hradec Králové (Czech Republic, Extraliga). This season, with Landshut (Germany, DEL2), he had three assists in six games; and five goals and one assist in 25 games with Hradec Králové. . . .
F Cody Sylvester (Calgary, 2008-13) has signed a one-year extension with the Iserlohn Roosters (Germany, DEL). This season, with the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL), he had seven goals and 10 assists in 25 games. With Iserlohn, with whom he signed on Jan. 26, he had a goal and two assists in eight games.


No Games Scheduled.


The Kelowna Rockets will be without F Tyrell Goulbourne tonight when they meet the Winterhawks in Portland in Game 6 of the WHL’s Western Conference final. . . . Goulbourne, 21, underwent surgery after Game 5 on Friday night to repair damage to his left leg. He suffered a skate cut to his calf muscle in the second period after he initiated contact with Portland F Keegan Iverson. According to a tweet from the Rockets, their doctors “say it was successful surgery, he will make a full recovery. To be re-evaluated on week to week basis.” . . . The Rockets report that he is out indefinitely. . . . Goulbourne, who has signed with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, is the leader of Kelowna’s physical game. He had 45 points, 22 of them goals, in 62 regular-season games. In 12 playoff games, he has one goal and one assist.
The Kelowna Rockets lead the Western Conference final 3-2 going into tonight’s game against the Winterhawks in Portland. The Winterhawks are trying to reach the WHL’s championship final for a fifth straight season. . . . Four of the first five games have been decided by one goal; the exception was Game 3, which was won 7-3 by host Portland.
The WHL’s championship final, for the Ed Chynoweth Cup, will begin with games in Brandon on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets for those games will go on sale in Brandon on Monday morning. . . . The series will follow a 2-3-2 format. . . . The Wheat Kings last met the Kelowna Rockets in the final in the spring of 2005. The Rockets won that series in five games. . . . The last time Brandon and Portland met in the final, in 1998, the Winterhawks won, 4-0.
Dave Anderson, who covered many a boxing match, has taken a look back at how things worked when he covered the big fights, and how things are now. In between, he tells some stories. This right here is good stuff.

AHLF Jake Virtanen of the Calgary Hitmen is expected to report to the AHL’s Utica Comets on Monday. The Comets are the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, who selected Virtanen in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2014 NHL draft. The Comets, who are coached by former Portland Winterhawks assistant GM/assistant coach Travis Green, defeated the visiting Chicago Wolves 4-2 last night to take that best-of-five first-round series, 3-2.
In the OHL, F Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists to lead the Erie Otters to a 7-3 victory over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The Otters won the Western Conference final, 4-2. . . . The game was 2-2 in the second period when Soo F Hayden Verbeek was given a match penalty for slewfooting Erie G Devin Williams. The Otters scored twice on the PP. . . . McDavid has 42 points, including 19 goals, in 15 games in these playoffs. . . . The Oshawa Generals lead the Eastern Conference final 3-2 with Game 6 scheduled for today in North Bay.

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