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T-Birds Fall to Americans in Shootout

Seattle October 6, 2006 - The Tri-City Americans beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 in a shootout Friday night in front of 3,104 at the KeyArena.

Colton Yellow Horn and Shaun Vey both scored in the shootout to give the Americans (4-1-0-0) the victory. Seattle falls to 1-1-0-2, but gain a point in the standings.

The Thunderbirds got on the board first at 3:04 of the opening period on a power-play goal from Bretton Stamler. Aaron Gagnon slid a pass through the Americans defense from behind the net to Stamler stationed at the point. Stamler fired a one-timer that beat Americans goalie Carey Price low at the left post. The goal was Stamler's 2nd on the season and increased his point-streak to three games. Thomas Hickey had the second assist.

The Americans made it a 1-1 game at 4:26 of the first with a goal from Erik Felde. Assists went to Tanner Gillies and Colton Yellow Horn.

The Ams made it 2-1 at 10:26 of the first with a goal from Tyler Schmidt. Taylor Procyshen and Alex Aldred had the assists.

Tri-City outshot Seattle 9-8 in the first.

The T-Birds outshot the Americans 12-8 in a scoreless second period. The Thunderbirds led in shots on goal, 20-17, through two periods.

Thomas Hickey tied the game 2-2 with a power-play goal at 4:08 of the third period. Gagnon and Stamler swung the puck around the net from right to left and found Hickey waiting at the point. Hickey unloaded a slap shot that sailed off the left post, past Price's shoulder for his 1st goal of the year.

The T-Birds took a 3-1 lead at 12:34 of the third on a power-play goal from Radek Meidl. Gagnon ripped a shot from the left face off dot that ricocheted off the pads of Price and fell to the skates of Bud Holloway stationed above the left crease. Holloway's attempt missed and trickled over to Meidl, who banged it in between Price and the right post for his 1st goal of the year.

The Americans made it 3-3 at 14:41 of the third on the second goal of the night from Felde. Aaron Boogaard and Nicolaus Knudsen had the assists.

Seattle outshot Tri-City 13-10 in the third and 33-27 through regulation.

Seattle outshot Tri-City 6-3 in the overtime period and 40-32 on the night.

Jacob De Serres stopped 28 of 31 as his record goes to 0-0-1.

Price finished the night stopping 37-40 and improved his record to 2-0-0.

The T-Birds travel north to divisional rival Everett on Saturday, October 7 for the first of nine meetings between the T-Birds and Tips. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. at the Everett Event Center.

Thunderbird tickets are currently on sale for all regular 2006-07 regular season home games. Tickets are priced at $20, $16 & $12 Tickets may be purchased by calling 206 628-0888 or 206 448 PUCK (7825) or online at Tickets may also be purchased at all TicketMaster Outlets, the KeyArena's West Box Office Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and The Hockey Store located at 14326 124th Ave NE in Kirkland. For additional ticket information on Season Tickets and Group Rates please call 206 448 PUCK.


First period - 1, Seattle, Stamler 2 (Gagnon, Hickey), 3:04 (pp). 2, Tri-City, Felde 2 (Gillies, Yellow Horn), 4:26. 3, Tri-City, Schmidt 2 (Procyshen, Aldred), 10:26. Penalties - Mestery, Tri (interference), 1:10. Knudsen, Tri (kneeing), 1:54.Stamler, Sea (holding), 8:46. Vey, Tri (holding), 11:16. Olson, Sea (major-fighting), 14:06. Boogaard, Tri (major-fighting), 14:06. Richard, Sea (boarding), 14:15.

Second period - No scoring. Penalties - Olson, Sea (interference), 4:48. Knudsen, Tri (charging), 7:59. Cornish, Tri (charging), 8:51. Schmidt, Tri (tripping), 11:19. Richard, Sea (tripping), 15:16. Gagnon, Sea (goaltender interference), 19:18.

Third period - 4, Seattle, Hickey 1 (Stamler, Gagnon), 4:08 (pp). 5, Seattle, Meidl 1 (Holloway, Gagnon), 12:34 (pp). 6, Tri-City, Felde 3 (Boogaard, Knudsen), 14:41. Penalties - Felde, Tri (hooking), 2:14. Pess, Sea (interference), 5:35. Valach, Tri (hooking), 10:34. Yellow Horn, Tri (holding), 12:02. Yellow Horn, Tri (tripping), 15:47.

Overtime - No scoring. Penalties - Cornish, Tri (tripping), :09. Yellow Horn, Tri (roughing), 4:42. Holloway, Sea (roughing), 4:42.

Shootout - Seattle 0 (Bud Holloway NG, David Richard NG); Tri-City 2 (Colton Yellow Horn G, Ladislav Scurko NG, Shaun Vey G).

Shots on goal - Seattle 8-12-13-6 40. Tri- City 9-8-10-3 32. Goalies - Seattle, De Serres 31 shots-28 saves (0-0-0-1);Tri-City, Price 40-37 (2-0-0-0). Power plays - Seattle 3- 11; Tri-City 1-6. A - 3,104. Referee - Andy Thiessen. Linesmen - Zach Brooks, Tony Leonetti.
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Everett Falls to Spokane 2-1 after Shootout

Tonight the Everett Silvertips earned their first loss of the season to division rivals, the Spokane Chiefs. After a shootout, the Silvertips lost to the Chiefs by a final score of 2-1. Everett remains in the number one spot in the US Division with 9 points and a 4-0-1 record. Spokane moves up one spot to fourth with 5 points and a 2-1-1 record.

After two scoreless periods Peter Mueller put the Silvertips on the board early in the third stanza on an Everett power play. Mueller, who caught the puck off of a face off, one timed it from center point and sent the puck sailing through traffic and into the back of the net. Jason Fransoo and Zach Hamill earned the assists on the goal. Spokane tied it up with four minutes left in the game on a Spokane power play when Dan Mercer's shot hit the right post and ricocheted into the net behind Leland Irving.

After a scoreless overtime period the game progressed to a shootout. Michael Grabner earned the game winning shootout goal for Spokane to win the game.

In net Leland Irving made 20 saves on 21 shots and falls to 4-0-1. Dustin Tokarski, the Chiefs' netminder, stopped 19 shots of 20 and earns his first win of the season. On the power play both teams converted once with Everett having seven chances and Spokane having four. The Chiefs out shot the Silvertips by a margin of 21-20.

The Everett Silvertips battle the Seattle Thunderbirds tomorrow night, Saturday October 7th, at home at the Everett Events Center. The puck drops between these two rival clubs at 7:05pm.

Silvertips Box Scores

Peter Mueller (1) 1 G

Jason Fransoo 1 A

Zach Hamill 1 A

Leland Irving (4-0-1): 20/21 saves

Power Play: Everett 1/7, Spokane 1/4

Shots on Goal: Everett 20, Spokane 21

Attendance: 5,120

3 Stars of the Game

1. Dustin Tokarski (SPO)

2. Leland Irving (EVT)

3. Peter Mueller (EVT)
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Payback on tap tonight

Another banner raising.

Another fired-up home crowd.

And, the Calgary Flames hope, another victory for the hosts in Round 2 of this season's Battle of Alberta.

But it's not just another game. Tonight's rematch following Calgary and Edmonton's season opener Thursday -- a 3-1 victory for the Oilers -- couldn't come quickly enough for the Flames.

"It didn't go our way in the first game, we don't have to wait too long to play them again," said captain Jarome Iginla yesterday.

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Hitmen hit sour note

Defenceman Dylan Yeo sang the national anthem.

The rest of the Calgary Hitmen sung the blues.

Yeo's rendition of O Canada was the highlight of the night for the home squad, which fell behind 5-0 as Ryan Russell scored a natural hat-trick in a span of 3:27 en route to an 8-4 loss to the Kootenay Ice.

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Rhett's back to practice

Stepping off the ice after his first practice with the Calgary Flames since suffering a pre-season knee injury, Rhett Warrener wasn't concerned about the healing joint.

"I can't feel anything except my lungs right now," said the puffing defenceman, who put in extra work after his teammates had left the Saddledome surface.

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Giants flex their muscles

It’s a bit early for the Vancouver Giants to start thinking about the London Knights and their Canadian Hockey League-record 31-game unbeaten streak two seasons ago.

But it’s been so long since these Giants last came out on the short end of the stick, you’ve got to wonder.

Winning never gets boring, and if you’re a Giant, it can be habit-forming. They spanked the Prince George Cougars 6-0 Friday at CN Centre for their 19th-straight Western Hockey League win, dating back to last year’s playoffs. The WHL record for the longest winning streak including playoffs is 27, set in 1981 by the Victoria Cougars.

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Silvertips take 1st loss of season

Michael Grabner scored the game-winner in a shootout to help the Spokane Chiefs hand the Everett Silvertips their first loss of the Western Hockey League season, 2-1 at the Everett Everett Center.

Everett (4-0-0-1) remains first in the U.S. Division with nine points. Spokane moved up one spot to fourth with five points and a 2-1-1-0 record.

After two scoreless periods, Peter Mueller got the Silvertips on the board with a power-play goal less than four minutes into the third period. Jason Fransoo and Zach Hamill earned the assists on the goal.

Spokane tied the score with four minutes left in regulation when Dan Mercer's shot hit the right post and ricocheted into the net behind Leland Irving.

Irving made 20 saves, and Chiefs netminder Dustin Tokarski stopped 19 shots. Both teams converted once on the power play, with Everett having seven chances and Spokane four.

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Warriors Wheelin' and Dealin' on the Weekend

The Moose Jaw Warriors shopping for some new talent on the weekend. The Tribe traded Dylan Chapman and a future draft pick for two new faces.

The Moose Jaw Warriors shipped third year Warrior defenseman Dylan Chapman to the Chilliwack Bruins in exchange for Bruins left winger Keith Voytechek on Sunday afternoon.

Following that, the Warriors made another move picking up 20 year old Matt Isbister of the Calgary Hitmen for a 3rd round draft pick in the 2008 Bantam Draft. Isbister joins 20 year old Warriors Jesse Zetariuk and Steven Gillen to solidify all three 20 year old positions on the team.

Voytechek will dress as a Warrior for the first time tomorrow night at the Civic Centre when the Warriors host the Prince Albert Raiders.
T-birds can't find the net in shootout

After six shootout opportunities, the Seattle Thunderbirds are still looking for their first shootout goal.

Tri-City goaltender Carey Price stopped 37 shots in regulation and overtime and both shots in a shootout to lift the Americans to a 4-3 Western Hockey League win over the T-birds.

Colton Yellow Horn and Shaun Vey each scored goals in the shootout for Tri-City while Price stopped both Bud Holloway and David Richard for Seattle.

Price, the first-round draft choice of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens, attacked both Seattle shooters and made easy stick saves on both.

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T-Birds fall to Tri-City in shootout

It was déjà vu for the Thunderbirds at KeyArena on Friday night, as they battled back from a first-period deficit to tie the score only to lose their second consecutive home Western Hockey League contest in a shootout.

Seattle fell behind 2-1 after breaking onto the scoreboard first and even took a 3-2 lead in the third period, but they couldn't hold on as the Tri-City Americans left KeyArena with a 4-3 win in front of 3,104.

Colton Yellow Horn opened the shootout with a quick move to beat Seattle goaltender Jacob De Serres. After two Seattle misses, Shaun Vey capped the win with a low shot for a 2-0 score.

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Watt's hat trick helps Giants slam Cougars

J.D. Watt collected his first Western Hockey League hat trick, scoring his third goal with less than a second left in the game to lift the Vancouver Giants to a 6-0 win over the Prince George Cougars Friday.

Watt, a 19-year-old winger from Cremona, Alta., took a faceoff pass from centre Jason Reese and ripped a shot high into the net behind Cougars goalie Real Cyr to cap the scoring.

The win improved the Giants' WHL-leading record to 7-0-0-0, while the Cougars drop to 2-3-0-1.

Dustin Slade (4-0) picked up his second shutout of the season, stopped all 14 shots he faced. The Giants fired 32 shots at Cyr.

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Kootenay Ice struggle out of the gate

For a team that autumn is usually very kind to, the Kootenay Ice find themselves in very unfamiliar territory. Back-to-back losses at the hands of the Lethbridge Hurricanes have pushed the club to a 1-3 start, good for two points and last place in the division. Blowing a 3-0 lead at home a week ago to lose 6-3 and then clocking in a sub-par effort in a 6-1 loss Friday in the windy city reasons for the losses, which stand at three straight, can be located squarely in one location: the penalty box. "Friday (Lethbridge) scored a couple of quick goals and we never recovered," offered Ice head coach Cory Clouston. "Wednesday we started well and had a 3-0 lead. A couple of 5-on-3's later it changed the whole momentum of the game and then in the third period we were in the box."

"The referees are learning like we are with the rules and some of those calls were, well, we're still looking to see where the penalties are on the video."

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Hogg shows who's boss

ris Hogg is making a bid to be the new Mr. October as he continued to boost his Cy Young credentials Friday night at the Enmax Centre.
With Sam Huston pitching a shutout in net, Hogg snapped home another two goals to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 4-0 Western Hockey League shutout of the Kelowna Rockets.
“I don’t know (what’s going on), not since minor hockey, I don’t think (I’ve had a stretch like this),” Hogg said after notching his eighth and ninth goals of the season to go along with zero assists for a 9-0, baseball-like stat line.
“Everything that’s coming off my stick is going in the goal right now so I’m just going to enjoy it.”
A lacklustre first period, over which the Rockets had the better of the play, produced a 1-0 Hurricane lead thanks to Tomas Kudelka’s one-time snapshot just after 10 minutes.
Kelowna (1-5-0-1) came in with poor credentials but deserved better after a 12-shot opening 20 minutes. Their problem came when the Hurricanes (4-1-1-1) dialed it up a notch in the speed department in periods two and three and the Rockets failed to respond.

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Wheaties end Tigers’ streak

A hot hand finally got the upper hand on the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night as Brandon goaltender Tyler Plante backstopped his Wheat Kings to a 4-3 home ice win at the Keystone Centre in Brandon.
“We had lots of chances again,” said Tigers head coach Willie Desjardins after the game via telephone.
“Our guys played hard and that’s why they were taking penalties on us. It was disappointing, but that’ll happen.”
Wheat King left-winger Mark Derlago scored a pair of power play goals and goaltender Plante stood tall despite being outshot 48-26 as Brandon evened its record at 3-3-0-0.
The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the Tigers (5-2-0-0), four of which started the current six-game, eight-day road trip.
The Tigers will end the Eastern Division swing with a game tonight at 7 p.m. against the Moose Jaw Warriors (2-3-0-0). Medicine Hat will then have a few days off before preparations begin for Friday’s home contest against the Prince George Cougars.

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Ams beat Seattle in shootout

Colton Yellow Horn and Shaun Vey each scored in the shootout to help the Tri-City Americans to a 4-3 victory Friday over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League play at KeyArena.

Tied at 3 after regulation, neither team could manage a goal in overtime, sending the game to the shootout.

Yellow Horn connected first for the Americans, sliding the puck between Seattle goalie Jacob DeSerres' pads.

Bud Holloway came up first for Seattle (1-1-0-2), but Carey Price turned him away with a left pad save.

Ladislav Scurko failed to get the puck past DeSerres, and David Richard had no luck against Price, giving Vey the chance to put the game away.

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Silvertips battle the Thunderbirds in the first of 10 games this year

Everett, WA - The Everett Silvertips have started off right with a 4- 0-0-1 record to begin the 2006-2007 season. This weekend will be a big test for the hockey club, as they will begin US Division play at the Everett Events Center. Tonight, Everett will face off against their I- 5 rival, Seattle Thunderbirds at the E.E.C. with the game time starting at 7:05 p.m. Last season the Silvertips won the US Division regular season title and produced a record of 25-13-1-3 against US Division foes.

Tonight will be the second game that Peter Mueller has played this year. Mueller was recently re- assigned to Everett by the Phoenix Coyotes, who drafted him, #8 overall in the 2006 NHL Draft. Last night Mueller scored the lone goal for Everett who lost to the Spokane Chiefs 2-1 in a shootout.

Tonight is also First Patriot Mortgage Thunderstick Night; the first 2000 fans will get Thundersticks courtesy of First Patriot Mortgage.

There are still about 1500 tickets left for tonights game. You can order tickets by calling 866-EEC- TIXX, or by visiting the Everett Events Center Box Office. You can also log onto to order tickets. The EEC Box Office is open at 10:00 a.m. and will remain open until the end of the second intermission. Fans can also call the Silvertips Office at 425-252- 5100 until 4:30 p.m to order tickets.

Ticket prices are $27, $22, $19, $17, $15, $13, and $10.
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Overage deadline could benefit Bruins

The Western Hockey League transaction wire is heating up like a light bulb filament, and the moves figure to keep coming fast and furious with the league's overage cutdown day looming.

Next Thursday is the deadline for WHL squads to trim down their rosters to include only three 20-year-old players, and the Chilliwack Bruins are well-positioned to take advantage. As an expansion club, the Bruins can dress five overagers, rather than the standard three, and they've only got four 20-year-olds on the roster at the moment.

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