The Western Hockey League finally handed down punishment to Everett's Ryan Harrison for his hit on Tri-City Americans forward Marcus Messier in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series. Harrison was suspended 4 games, which he will serve next season — if he returns to the league as an overage player. Harrison, an NHL free agent, is finishing up the season with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, who are affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche.
I would have thought the punishment would have been more harsh. Harrison had just served one game for a hit on Jesse Mychan in Game 2, then his first game back, he blindsides Messier, who's now out with a concussion for an undetermined amount of time. Same irresponsible play in two different games.
Everett had two players suspended for a total of 8 games in a four-game series. And, one player cost his team $500 for posting derogatory tweets after Game 2. The WHL should have handed out a fine to Everett for lack of control of its players.
With a sweep of Everett, the Americans move on to play Spokane. That series starts Friday at Toyota Center.
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Playoff leaders: Americans goalie Ty Rimmer leads the playoffs with a 1.39 goals against average and is second with a .941 save percentage behind Medicine Hat's Tyler Bunz (.944). Rimmer and four others have one shutout in the playoffs.
Portland's Ty Rattie leads the postseason scoring with 10 goals and 13 points. Tri-City's Brendan Shinnimin, the regular-season scoring leader, is 10th in scoring with 3 goals and 8 points.
Canada's U-18 Team: Hockey Canada announced its roster that will comprise Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World U18 Championship, set for April 12-22 in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic.
Seven of the players are from the WHL: D Damon Severson of Kelowna, D Josh Morrissey of Prince Albert, D Mathew Dumba of Red Deer, F Branden Troock of Seattle, F Mike Winther of Prince Albert, F Troy Bourke of Prince George and F Sam Reinhart of Kootenay.
2012 Subway Super Series: The Victoria Royals and Vancouver Giants will host the two WHL games of the 2012 Super Series against Team Russia on Nov. 14-15. Victoria will host the first game on Nov. 14, while Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver will be the site of the Nov. 15 game.
The Series marks the 10th consecutive year that CHL All-Stars will compete against the Russian National Junior Team as part of a six-game series. The first two games of the series will be hosted by the QMJHL beginning Nov. 5, followed by two games in the OHL, and the series wrapping up with two games in the WHL.