It’s been one of those weeks. My son graduates this year so its college paper work, getting announcements and etc., and then there’s the all-night senior party. We won’t go there. I’m there and no one should have to join me. I’m glad to be here tonight and get all of that out of my head.
I have to have my NCAA bracket filled out by 9 a.m. Thursday. I need to do a little homework on this first. We usually have a pool at the office, but I guess no one wanted to take that on.
In the WHL this week, Vancouver coach Don Hay has thrown his hat in the ring for a coaching position with Team Canada. Hay last coached Team Canada at the 1994-95 world junior tourney and won gold while going a perfect 7-0-0. This is the first time he has applied since that season.“Yes, I have put in my application,” Hay told the Vancouver Sun. “Now Hockey Canada will go through the process (of making a short list). I’m hoping to be able to help them in some way, whether it’s with the under-18s or world juniors.”I happen to think Coach Hay would be a great candidate for any level. Good luck with this, Don.
In this week’s CHL poll, the Saskatoon Blades are second behind the Saint John Sea Dogs (56-6-1-2). The Red Deer Rebels are fifth, while the Portland Winterhawks are seventh. The Spokane Chiefs are on the honorable mention list.
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Moose Jaw defenseman Dylan McIlrath, 18, signed with the New York Rangers today. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native was selected as the Rangers’ first-round choice, 10th overall, in the 2010 NHL entry draft.
The Everett Silvertips are here tonight. Winger Tyler Maxwell is on the verge of breaking a couple of club records (goals in a season and for a career), both currently held by former Tip Shane Harper. Harper holds the record for goals in a season with 42 — Maxwell has 41. Harper has 100 career goals — Maxwell has 96. Maxwell has four games remaining — including tonight — to surpass Harper.
The fans were given noisemakers when the came in. They look like fans, but when you hit them against your hand or leg, they are loud and quite annoying. I first encountered these at Calgary last year. I think they should have saved these evil devices for Spokane on Saturday. I guess everyone will have to bring them back.
With goalie Kent Simpson out with an ankle injury, Luke Siemens is in goal tonight. On the injured list are Landon Ferraro (hip), Chad Suer (knee) and Simpson.
Drew Owsley is in goal for the Americans. He has 34 wins this season. Mason Wilgosh took part in the pregame skate, but is scratched for the game, as are Adam Hughesman (knee) and Neal Prokop (leg). Riley Guenther has joined the team as an affiliate player from the Calgary Northstars (AMHL). He is wearing No. 26 tonight. Justin Hamonic also will join the team, but he's not on the roster tonight.
Of note, Carter Ashton has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 4 games vs. Everett this year. Everett's Parker Stanfield has four goals vs. the Ams this year.
Fans are starting to fill in the stands. It is a school night and they have been administering the WASL tests this week. Glad my kid has passed all parts and doesn't have to stress about it.
Puck drops soon. Back soon.
Everett is 0-5-2-0 in its last seven games and with three games left after tonight, needs to make sure it can stay one step ahead of Kamloops, which is just two points back.
There is no scoring here in the second, but not for lack of trying. Carter Ashton had a couple at the posts, but was just off the mark. Everett had one off the right post, a breakaway stopped by Tyler Schmidt and Scott MacDonald thought he had a beauty of a goal, but Owsley was able to get in position and the puck hit him in the chest for a nice save.
It's a bit rough out there. I'm sure we are going to have a battle to the end.
Patrick Holland gave the Ams a 1-0 lead at 6:34, only to see Everett's Josh Winquist tie the score a 11:43.
The end is near. Don't go away.
Three minutes left in the game, the Ams are down by one and the fourth line is out. Not to say any line has done well tonight, but really.
Last minute of the game and it doesn't look good. Drew is out and the Ams can't even keep puck in the zone. Everett wins 2-1.
Big Mess and Markus McCrea throw a few at the end of the game. Big Mess has the upper hand in this one.
Until next time.