Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wednesday is over

The Vancouver Giants had two new faces at practice on Wednesday, with Adam Basford and Travis Gorman, a pair of 18-year-old forwards from the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles, in camp on a tryout basis. Basford has 50 points in 44 games with Surrey, while Gorman has nine points in 11 games. Gorman is a grinder who began the season with the Tri-City Americans — he had an early-season scrap with Giants superpest Garet Hunt — and joined Surrey after being dealt to the Kootenay Ice. . . . RW Michal Repik, out with a concussion since Dec. 1, skated Tuesday but a medical appointment kept him away Wednesday. He plans on playing Jan. 30 against the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes.


In Prince George, Everett G Leland Irving moved to within one of tying the WHL record for career shutouts as the Silvertips dumped the Cougars, 6-0. . . . Irving made 18 saves for his third shutout this season and the 20th of his career. The WHL career record of 21 is held by Bryan Bridges (Seattle-Kootenay, 2001-06). Bridges played in 213 games; Irving made his 179th career appearance in this one. . . . Everett (28-20-0-2) has won five in a row and nine of 11. The Silvertips are eight points behind the fourth-place Kelowna Rockets in the Western Conference and seven points ahead of the Seattle Thunderbirds. . . . The Cougars (14-33-1-1) have lost five in a row. . . . RW Dan Gendur, who was traded by Prince George to Everett last season, had two goals, giving him 20, and three assists. He finished plus-5. . . . In his last 12 games, Gendur has 25 points, including 12 goals. . . . Prince George Citizen sports editor Jim Swanson summed up this one: “If this game was a political race, it would be said the Silvertips ran unopposed, and there was a very low voter turnout.” . . . Prince George is 5-24-1-1 since Nov. 4. . . . Prince George D Kalvin Sagert was minus-2. Sagert, 20, is a league-worst minus-33. . . . LW Clayton Bauer had two goals for Everett. He has 22 on the season. . . . The line of Bauer, Gendur and Zach Hamill, who had a goal and three assists, totalled 12 points. . . .

In Kamloops, the Seattle Thunderbirds scored the game’s last two goals and beat the Blazers 4-2. . . . Seattle (22-16-5-2) has won three in a row and is sixth in Western Conference, three points ahead of the Chilliwack Bruins and four up on Kamloops. . . . The Blazers (22-24-1-2) had won five in row at home. . . .

In Kelowna, the hottest line in the league led the Rockets to a 9-2 victory over the Portland Winter Hawks. . . . Jamie Benn, Colin Long and Brady Leavold combined for 14 points for the Rockets. . . . Long had five assists and now holds a 10-point lead atop the points derby. He has 79 points; LW Mark Santorelli of the Chilliwack Bruins has 69. . . . Long also was plus-5. . . . Leavold had two goals and three helpers and also was plus-5. . . . Benn scored twice, set up two others and was plus-4. . . . The Rockets (30-14-2-4) have won three straight and 10 of 11. They are fourth in the Western Conference, three points behind the Tri-City Americans and just four points out of first-place overall. . . . The Winter Hawks (9-38-1-1) have lost four in a row. . . . The Rockets were without D Tyler Myers, D Luke Schenn and F Brandon McMillan, all of whom were at the Top Prospects Game. . . . Portland was without play-by-play voice Andy Kemper who is on a business trip to the eastern seaboard. . . . The Rockets added D/F Curt Gogol for the game. An eighth-round pick in the 2006 draft, Gogol, 16, plays for the midget Calgary Flames. . . . Former Rockets radio analyst David Michaud called the play in Kemper’s place. Michaud now is a semi-regular on Kamloops Blazers’ broadcasts. . . .

In Lethbridge, the Hurricanes gave up the game’s first goal and then scored three in a row en route to a 4-3 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. . . . The Hurricanes (29-14-2-3) had lost two of three going into this one. . . . Lethbridge won the season series 3-1, but this was the first time the home team won. . . . Lethbridge is third in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Kootenay Ice. . . . C Matt Lowry scored twice for Brandon, giving him 20 on the season. . . . Lowry’s game-opening goal was followed by three Lethbridge scores, including C Match Fadden’s 23rd. . . . RW Nick Hotson had two goals for Lethbridge, giving him nine. His second one, a shorthanded effort at 12:36 of the third period, stood up as the winner. It gave Lethbridge a 4-2 lead before Lowry scored at 19:27. . . . Brandon was 0-for-3 on the PP; Lethbridge was 1-for-5. . . . Brandon’s PP is 3-for-38 over its last eight games. . . . Brandon rookie Brayden Schenn got his 19th goal of the season. . . . Brandon D Daryl Boyle (shoulder) returned after a seven-game absence. . . . Lethbridge G Mike Maniago stopped 33 shots for the victory.

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