Sunday, May 7, 2017

To suspend, or not to suspend? Nah ... Otters in control in OHL ... RBC Cup field set


F Mikhail Fisenko (Vancouver, Calgary, 2008-11) has signed a one-year extension with Admiral Vladivostok (Russia, KHL). This season, he had six goals and five assists in 32 games. . . . 
F Ty Morris (Swift Current, Vancouver, Red Deer, 2003-05) has signed a one-year extension with Peiting (Germany, Oberliga). This season, in 44 games, he had 19 goals and 52 assists. An alternate captain, he led his team in assists and points; he was fifth in Oberliga in assists. . . .
F Spencer Machacek (Vancouver, 2005-08) has signed a one-year contract with Düsseldorf (Germany, DEL). This season, with Eisbären Berlin (Germany, DEL), he had six goals and 10 assists in 51 games.
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The second game of the WHL’s championship final was decided on a PP in OT, with D Josh Mahura’s goal giving the host Regina Pats a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The series is tied 1-1 with the next three games in Kent, Wash., starting on Tuesday night.
If you haven’t seen video of the play on which Seattle F Keegan Kolesar was given a kneeing penalty in OT, it’s right here:

Kolesar was playing in his first game since serving a one-game suspension for a checking-from-behind major he incurred in the last game of the Western Conference final with the Kelowna Rockets.
Now there are some observers who feel that Kolesar should be suspended again, this time for the knee to Regina D Connor Hobbs.
That could happen, of course, but somehow I don’t think it will. After all, having the game-winning goal scored while you are in the penalty box after taking an awfully poor penalty likely was punishment enough.
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In the OHL, the Erie Otters hold a 2-0 lead after beating the visiting Mississauga Steelheads, 3-2, on Sunday, behind two goals from F Alex DeBrincat, the league’s most outstanding player during the regular season. DeBrincat had gone four games without a goal. . . . F Warren Foegele broke a 1-1 tie at 18:03 of the third period. . . . Erie, under head coach Kris Knoblauch, a former WHL player and coach, takes a five-game winning streak into Game 3 tonight (Monday) in Mississauga.
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The field for the junior A national championship tournament — the RBC Cup — was finalized on Sunday when the host Penticton Vees beat the Chilliwack Chiefs, 3-2, in a one-game showdown between two BCHL teams for the final berth. The AJHL’s Brooks Bandits had won the Western Canada Cup in Penticton on Saturday night, so also will be in Cobourg, Ont., for the RBC Cup. Also there will be the host Cougars, the Trenton, Ont., Golden Hawks, and the Terrebonne, Que., Cobras. . . . The tournament runs May 13-21.
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SUNDAY’S GAME:

No Game Scheduled.
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MONDAY’S GAME:

No Game Scheduled.
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TUESDAY’S GAME (all times local):

Regina vs. Seattle, at Kent, Wash., 7:05 p.m. (Series tied, 1-1)


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