Sunday, December 18, 2016

Holick enjoying Italy . . . Hitmen ice Ice again . . . Rockets end red-hot road trip


MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TAKING NOTE

We are into the stretch drive with the big day less than a week away. Right here is Johnny Mathis, the man with the voice, with . . . When A Child Is Born.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. Safe travels if you are on the byways and highways, and please slow down and enjoy the season. Taking Note will be here through the holidays just in case you need shelter from the storm. Besides, there still are more Christmas tunes to be played.
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F Tomáš Kopecký (Lethbridge, 2000-02) has been released by Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia, KHL). He had one assist in 15 games. He had started season with Dukla Trenčín (Slovakia, Extraliga), recording two assists in five games.
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A year ago, Mark Holick was the head coach of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars. Today, he’s coaching a team in Italy that plays in an open-air arena -- well, it does have a roof -- and having the time of his life. . . . There is more with Holick right here from The Coaches Site.
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F Tyler Ward of the BCHL’s Merritt Centennials has committed to the U of Denver where he will play for the Pioneers. Ward, 17, is from Kamloops. He was an 11th-round pick of the Blazers in the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft. This season, he has 12 points, seven of them goals, in 16 games with the Centennials. Last season, he finished with 17 goals and 10 assists in 52 games.
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SUNDAY’S GAMES:


At Calgary, F Jordy Stallard broke a 2-2 tie at 13:41 of the third period and the Hitmen went on to beat the
JORDY STALLARD
Kootenay Ice, 3-2. . . . Stallard has six goals. . . . D Ryan Pouliot had given the Ice a 1-0 lead with his first goal, at 1:07 of the first period. . . . The Hitmen tied it when F Andrei Grishakov (3) scored at 18:21. . . . F Jakob Stukel’s ninth goal gave the home side a 2-1 lead, at 8:18 of the second period. . . . F Austin Wellsby (2) pulled Kootenay into a 2-2 tie at 10:23 of the second. . . . Stallard also had an assist. . . . G Cody Porter had a big game with 33 saves to earn the victory. . . . G Payton Lee stopped 25 shots for the Ice. . . . Kootenay was 1-3 on the PP; Calgary was 0-1. . . . Calgary improved to 13-16-2, while the Ice (6-22-8) lists its sixth straight game (0-5-1). . . . This was an important victory for the Hitmen, who are six points behind the Brandon Wheat Kings, who hold down the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot and hold two games in hand. . . . Announced attendance: 6,562.
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At Edmonton, F Jake Kryski scored the only goal of a three-round shootout to give the Kelowna Rockets
MICHAEL HERRINGER
a 2-1 victory over the Oil Kings. . . . Neither team was able to score through 40 minutes of regulation time. . . . F Nick Bowman gave the Oil Kings a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal, at 1:50 of the third period. . . . Kelowna tied it at 8:45 when F Jack Cowell scored his second goal of the season. . . . Rockets F Kole Lind had a 13-game point streak come to an end. . . . Edmonton held a 7-1 edge in shots in OT but wasn’t able to solve Rockets G Michael Herringer. He finished with 28 saves through OT, then was perfect on three shootout attempts. . . . Edmonton G Patrick Dea turned aside 29 shots. . . . Each team was 0-5 on the PP. . . . The Rockets (22-12-2) are 3-0-1 in their last four games and are second in the B.C. Division. They went 5-1-1 on a seven-game trek that started with a 3-2 OT victory over the Tri-City Americans on Dec. 9 and included six stops in the Central Division. All told, the Rockets played the seven games in 10 days. . . . The Oil Kings (16-15-4) have points in four straight games (2-0-2). They hold down the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot, but are just two points behind the Red Deer Rebels, who are third in the Central Division. . . . The Rockets are 2-0-0 in Edmonton this season. They won 1-0 on Oct. 7. . . . Announced attendance: 8,657.
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DEC. 19-26:

No Games Scheduled.
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TEDDY BEAR, TOQUE AND MITTEN TOSS GAMES:

Saturday, Jan. 21: Vancouver vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 26: D Micheal Zipp, 19:47 1st period, Lethbridge 4 at Calgary 2.
Dec. 2: D Artyom Minulin, 13:24 1st period, Calgary 1 at Swift Current 5.
Dec. 2: F Jordy Bellerive, 14:00 1st period, Red Deer 3 at Lethbridge 5.
Dec. 3: F Adam Musil, 14:27 1st period, Lethbridge 2 at Red Deer 3 (OT).
Dec. 3: D Ondrej Vala, 10:38 1st period, Vancouver 2 at Kamloops 5.
Dec. 3: F Nick Merkley, 6:54 2nd period, Brandon 1 at Kelowna 3.
Dec. 9: F Austin Glover, 0:32 2nd period, Moose Jaw 7 at Prince Albert 3. 
Dec. 9: F Riley Woods, 11:45 1st period, Swift Current 1 at Regina 8.
Dec. 9: F Keanu Yamamoto, 4:01 1st period, Kootenay 3 at Spokane 4.
Dec. 10: D Josh Thrower, 12:13 1st period, Prince Albert 4 at Moose Jaw 5 (SO).
Dec. 10: F Nick Bowman, 13:38 2nd period, Kamloops 3 at Edmonton 2.
Dec. 10: D Troy Murray, 1:51 2nd, Kelowna 7 at Kootenay 3.
Dec. 10: F Max Gerlach, 5:26 1st period, Calgary 4 at Medicine Hat 7.
Dec. 10: F Skyler McKenzie 2:21 1st, Everett 2 at Portland 5.
Dec. 10: F Josh Curtis, 6:02 2nd period, Seattle 4 at Prince George 6.
Dec. 10: F Tyler Sandhu, 0:36 1st period, Victoria 3 at Tri-City 4.
Dec. 16: F Linden McCorrister, 17:47 1st period, Saskatoon 2 at Brandon 3 (SO).
Dec. 16: F James Malm, 3:34 1st period, Portland 4 vs. Vancouver 6, at Langley, B.C.
Dec. 17: F Braylon Shmyr, 2:13 2nd period, Brandon 3 at Saskatoon 2.
Dec. 17: F Eetu Tuulola, 19:29 2nd period, Portland 2 at Everett 4.
Dec. 17: F Eric Florchuk, 15:57 1st period, Vancouver 5 at Victoria 4 (OT).

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