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Thursday, November 22, 2012

F Shane McColgan of the Saskatoon Blades returned home Wednesday after suffering a suspected concussion on Tuesday night during the Blades 5-2 loss to the Royals in Victoria. . . . McColgan was injured when he fell and struck his head on the ice after colliding with Victoria F Luke Harrison in the second period. . . . McColgan won’t play Friday in Kamoops or Saturday in Kelowna. . . . The Blades also have lost F Nick Zajac, who took a hit from behind from Victoria D Tyler Stahl. Zajac is day-to-day with — wait for it — an upper body injury. Stahl has drawn one of those tbd suspensions. . . . Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix also reports that D Matthew Pufahl is skating but his status for Friday is up in the air. Pufahl suffered an undisclosed injury Friday in Prince George. Cougars F Caleb Belter drew a three-game suspension for the hit on Pufahl. . . .
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WEDNESDAY’S GAMES:
In Moose Jaw, F Mark McNeill broke a 2-2 tie at 15:57 of the third period as the Prince Albert Raiders beat the Warriors, 3-2. . . .The Raiders led 2-0 late in the second period when the Warriors got back in it on F Sam Fioretti’s 16th goal at 19:07 on the PP. . . . F Jordan Messier tied it 45 seconds into the third period. He’s got three goals. . . . Raiders G Luke Siemens, who was sent north by the Warriors over the summer, stopped 29 shots. . . . In their last nine games, the Warriors have lost six times by one goal. But four of those losses came in OT or the circus, so they picked up four loser points. . . . Moose Jaw now heads out o a seven-game road trip. . . .

In Calgary, F Jake Virtanen, the first overall pick in the WHL’s 2011 bantam draft, scored with 27 seconds left to give the Hitmen a 3-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . The Hitmen have won three in a row and eight of nine. . . . The Hurricanes are 1-5 in their last six. . . . On Tuesday, the Hitmen were outshot 44-20 in Lethbridge and won 3-2. Last night, Calgary held a 49-16 edge in shots. . . .

In Kamloops, G Teagan Sacher made 40 saves and F Lane Scheidl scored twice as the Regina Pats got past the Blazers, 2-1, in overtime. . . . Kamloops held a 41-13 edge in shots and, by the Blazers’ count, a 28-9 edge in scoring chances. . . . F Tim Bozon got a PP goal for the Blazers at 6:25 of the third, with Scheidl equalizing, on the PP, five minutes later. . . . In OT, the Blazers turned over the puck in the neutral zone, Kamloops F Colin Smith and D Tyler Hansen collided and fell down, and Scheidl found room on the left side to blast a shot past G Taran Kozun, who finished with 11 saves. . . . In a game that featured more holding than a high school dance, eight of the game’s 13 minors were for roughing. . . .

In Spokane, F Todd Fiddler scored twice to help the Chiefs to a 3-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips. . . . The Chiefs are 11-2-0 at home. . . . Spokane broke a 1-1 tie with two third-period goals. . . . D Reid Gow broke a 1-1 tie at 4:41 of the third, with Fiddler later adding an empty-netter. . . .

In Portland, G Brendan Burke recorded his first WHL shutout as the Winterhawks beat the Vancouver Giants, 3-0. . . . Burke stopped 18 shots in putting up Portland’s four shutout in 23 games this season. Three different goaltenders have shutout with Portland, as Mac Carruth has two and Cam Lanigan one. The latter now is with the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . Portland F Brendan Leipsic had three assists as he ran his point streak to 11 games. He also has 11 straight multi-point games. . . . F Ty Rattie scored Portland’s first goal, his 15th, while F Nic Petan got the other two, giving him 13. . . .

In Kent, Wash., F Alex Delnov and and F Riley Sheen each had a goal and three assists as the Seattle Thunderbirds dumped the Kootenay Ice, 7-4. . . . F Roberts Lipsbergs scored his sixth goal for Seattle, running his goal streak to four games. . . . The Ice trailed 3-2 early in the third period when Seattle F Luke Lockhart scored twice, at 7:20 and 8:34, to all but put it away.
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CHECKING-FROM-BEHIND COUNT:
F Dawson Leedahl, Everett

CHECKING-TO-THE-HEAD COUNT:
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