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Kootenay Ice forward Curtis Billsten is the WHL Player of the Week.

Billsten, a 20-year-old free agent, registered four goals, nine points and a plus-6 rating in four games for Kootenay this week, which ended Feb. 11. The Ice went 3-0-1 during that stretch.

In the first game, Billsten had a goal and an assist in Kootenay’s 5-1 victory against visiting Lethbridge. Two nights later, Billsten netted a goal and added two assists as the Ice beat Lethbridge again, this time by an 8-1 score. Billsten was the second star of that game.

In the best game of the stretch, Billsten had two power-play goals, including the game-winner, and added two assists in a 4-1 victory over visiting Moose Jaw, earning first-star honors in the process.

Billsten, from Calgary, is in his fourth full season of WHL action, has 18 goals and 28 assists in 56 games. Kootenay is Billsten’s fourth team since breaking into the league with Red deer back in 2002-03. In his second year with Kooteney, Billsten has also played for Everett and Lethbridge.

In other award news, the league has nominated Tyson Sexsmith of the Vancouver Giants for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week award.

-- Ryan Reaves, property of the St. Louis Blues, was named Brandon’s Player of the Month for January.

-- Chilliwack’s Josh Aspenlind has three of the four Bruins shorthanded goals this season.

-- This week’s home loss to rival Seattle marked just the second time all season Everett has lost in regulation at the Everett Events Center. The team has lost three home games overall.

-- Kelowna goalie Kris Westbloom, property of the Minnesota Wild, is out approximately three months after suffering a serious knee injury in a win last week against Vancouver. Westbloom, who injured his MCL and PCL, will not need surgery.

-- Medicine Hat is enjoying a 14-game winning streak heading into this week’s action.

-- Moose Jaw, at the foot of the East Division standings with a 20-32-3 record, fired coach Steve Young this week.

-- Portland was shut out for three-straight games last week, outscored 21-0 during the stretch.
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