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Americans beat T-Birds in shootout

Kennewick, WA., October 11, 2006 - The Tri-City Americans defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in a shootout Wednesday night at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington.

The game was tied 2-2 going into the shootout.

Seattle sent out Thomas Hickey, Aaron Gagnon and Jan Eberle for the shootout. All three did not convert on their chances. Seattle's record is now 1-2-0-3 and they are in fourth place in the US Division.

Seattle goalie Derek Yeomans stopped the first two Tri-City shooters, Colton Yellow Horn and Alex Aldred. The Americans third shooter, Shaun Vey, beat Yeomans to give Tri-City the win.

Kyle Pess scored a power-play goal at 5:45 of the first period to give the T-Birds a 1-0 lead. On a five- on-three power play Pess fired a rebound past Tri- City goalie Carey Price from on top of the right crease. Thomas Hickey and Radek Meidl had the assists on the second goal of the year by Pess.

Gagnon put the T-Birds up 2-0 with 50 seconds left in the first period. Scott Jackson controlled the puck at the right point and put a slap shot on goal. Price stopped Jackson's shot but Gagnon was in front of the net and put the rebound through Price for his third goal of the year.

Seattle outshot Tri-City 9-4 in the first period.

Tri-City (6-0-0-1) scored at 12:12 of the second period on a goal by Taylor Procyshen to cut the Seattle lead to one goal. Michael Kaye and Alex Aldred had the assists.

The Americans outshot the T-Birds 12-6 in the second period and led 16-15 in shots going into the second intermission.

Tri-City tied the game 2-2 on a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in the game by Procyshen. Colton Yellow Horn and Erik Felde had the assists.

Seattle outshot Tri-City 14-7 in the third period.

The T-Birds outshot the Americans 2-1 in the overtime period.

Yeomans made 22 saves on 24 shots and his record fell to 1-2-2.

Price made 29 saves on 31 shots and his record is now 4-0-0.

Up next for the T-Birds is a home-and-home series with the Vancouver Giants. The T-Birds are in Vancouver on Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. game. The two teams meet again Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at KeyArena. Seattle finishes out the weekend with a Sunday game against the Spokane Chiefs at KeyArena at 5:05 p.m.

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 www.seattlethunderbirds.com. 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.
 

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Waste Management and WHL Partner to support Waste Reduction Week and Minor Hockey

CALGARY, AB - Waste Management of Canada (WM) and the Western Hockey League (WHL) are encouraging hockey fans to participate in a recycling drive by bringing cans, bottles and tetra packs to WHL games in support of Waste Reduction Week.

WM is partnering with WHL teams across Western Canada to raise money for minor hockey while encouraging recycling during Waste Reduction Week (WRW), October 16 to 22. WM is a national sponsor of WRW, a program aimed at educating the public about waste reduction. All proceeds raised from the drives will be donated to support minor hockey in local communities. Recycling donations will be deposited into Waste Management bins at the arenas throughout the WHL prior to the game.

"The recycling drive is a great opportunity for Waste Management to partner with the WHL to promote both of our passions - recycling and hockey. The drive will encourage recycling and in return, local minor hockey programs will benefit from this campaign," Cam Hantiuk, WM's Director of Public Affairs for Western Canada, said.

"Our WHL Clubs are very pleased to partner on this recycling fundraising initiative with Waste Management," commented Ron Robison, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League. "It is an excellent way to protect our environment while providing further support for minor hockey in WHL centres throughout Western Canada."
 

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Americans Shoot Down T-Birds for Sixth Straight Win

After mounting a comeback from a 2-0 deficit, and setting up yet another shootout situation against the Seattle Thunderbirds, Vey would slip the game-winner past Seattle goaltender, Derek Yeomans, to down the Thunderbirds 3-2 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

It was a game that was indicative of both teams' start to the 2006-07 season. Tri-City is off to its best start in franchise history (6-1-0-0) while Seattle (1-2-0-3) lost its third shootout contest in six games.

Despite Seattle jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period with goals from Kyle Pess and Aaron Gagnon, the 2,909 fans at the Toyota Center sensed that this game was far from over.

Tri-City began their comeback with just under 8 minutes remaining in the second period. Taylor Procyshen fired a shot past Yeomans, for his fifth goal of the season, cutting Seattle's lead to 2-1 by the end of the second period. The Americans, however, would save the best for last.

In spite of several attempts to penetrate the Seattle defense, Tri-City could not find the equalizer. However, with only a 1:10 remaining in regulation, Seattle's Radek Meidl would get called for a hooking penalty. It would be only the third penalty on the night for the T'birds, but it proved to be a very costly one as the Americans now had their opportunity and took full advantage. With 42 seconds remaining in the game, Colton Yellow Horn fired a bullet to Procyshen, who then beat Yeomans for the second time on the night, to knot the game at 2-apiece.

Seattle had two opportunities to get their elusive second win of the season, but Americans goaltender Carey Price would make two sensational glove saves in the overtime period to send the game into a shootout. Tri-City and Seattle each held serve through the first two rounds, but, in the third round, Price would stop Seattle's Jan Eberle, setting up Vey's game-winner.

The Americans will now prepare to face the Chilliwack Bruins, who will come into town for the first time ever on Saturday, October 14. Game time is 7:05 PM at the Toyota Center. You can catch all the action, live on NewsTalk 870, starting with the Budweiser Warm-Up Show at 6:45 PM. You can also listen live through the Americans website by visiting the Internet Radio Broadcast page under Fanzone or by visiting the individual game summary page.

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With six straight victories and 12 points, Tri-City sits alone in first place in the U.S. Division for the first time since leading up to the final week of the 2003-04 season...After collecting 29 saves on 31 chances, Price is now 4-0 on the season, which ties the longest winning streak of his career, a mark he set during the 2004 playoffs...With the win, Tri-City head coach Don Nachbaur collected his 295th career win and 101st as coach of the Americans...Procyshen leads all Tri-City skaters in goals scored with 6.
 

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Brandon Wheat Kings Game Notes

10/13/2006: Regina Pats @ Brandon 19:30, Keystone Centre

GAME NOTES: The WHEAT KINGS will be hoping to continue their home ice winning ways Friday night when they play host to the visiting REGINA PATS...Friday's game is the first of three in three nights for the WHEAT KINGS, who travel to SASKATOON on Saturday before playing the RAIDERS in PRINCE ALBERT on Sunday night...Winners of three of their first four home games this season, the WHEATS enter the weekend with a record of 4-4-0 (1-3-0 on the road)...BRANDON is currently tied with REGINA for third place in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Division with eight points each - two back of the front runni ng SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS and one behind second place PRINCE ALBERT...The WHEAT KINGS are coming off a Thanksgiving long weekend that saw them win two of three (defeated MEDICINE HAT and LETHBRIDGE but lost to the KOOTENAY ICE)...BRANDON enters Friday's game with a record of 3-2-0 vs. Central Division clubs and 1-2-0 against Eastern Division rivals...Their only win against East Division opponents was a 3-2 victory over MOOSE JAW in the 2006-07 season opener on Sept. 22nd...After giving up just five goals through their first three games, the WHEAT KINGS have surrendered 24 in their last five including 16 in three losses during that span...BRANDON entered the year having qualified for post-season play in thirteen of the last fourteen years.

LAST GAME: BRANDON rebounded from Sunday's 3-1 loss to the KOOTENAY ICE with a dramatic come from behind 6-5 victory in LETHBRIDGE on Monday...Trailing 4-1 through 40 minutes of play, the WHEAT KINGS erupted for five third period goals for the win - their first road win of the season...Veterans CODEY BURKI and MARK DERLAGO led the winners with two goals and three points each, while singles came off the sticks of JURAJ SIMEK and ANDREW CLARK, who added three assists...TYLER PLANTE turned aside 29-34 shots and BRANDON was 3-6 with the man advantage.

WHO IS HOT? JURAJ SIMEK enters Friday's game riding a 6-game point scoring streak. In fact, the Slovakian born right-winger has a point in every game that he's played in so far this season. He's currently tied for second in scoring among WHL rookies - one point behind RED DEER'S MARTIN HANZAL...Center CODEY BURKI, who shares the club scoring lead with SIMEK (6-6-12) has managed a point in six of 8 games this season...MARK DERLAGO is 4-4-8 in his last four games...DUSTIN KOHN (2-7-9) is fourth in scoring among WHL blueliners...Both ANDREW CLARK and JEFF TOPILKO have a point in three of their last four games and during that time CLARK is 2-4-6 while TOPILKO is 1-3-4...TYLER PLANTE remains among the league leaders with a .912 save pct. (228-250 shots).

SPECIAL TEAMS: BRANDON'S powerplay continues to lead the WHL, having scored 17 goals on 56 opportunities (30.4%)...Penalty killing, however, the WHEATS are ranked 18th (79.3%)...In BRANDON'S four losses this season, the WHEAT KINGS have surrendered eleven powerplay goals...CODEY BURKI and MARK DERALGO have four powerplay goals each...TYLER PLANTE played 55 of 60 minutes in sharing the team's lone shutout with KURT JORY on Sept. 29th vs. RED DEER.

MILESTONES: CODEY BURKI, who recently surpassed the 100-point plateau, played in his 200th career game Sunday night in Cranbrook...Defenceman DUSTIN KOHN has moved to within 9 points of the century mark in his WHL career and 2 games away from 200...TEEGAN MOORE, who is the club's active leader in games played (269), is 10 points away from the 100-point plateau...Goalkeeper TYLER PLANTE has moved past RICK KNICKLE and RON HEXTALL and into seventh place on the club's all time list for minutes played...17-year old MATT SMITH made his WHL debut last Wednesday night vs. RAIDERS.

DID YOU KNOW? TEEGAN MOORE (shoulder) remains out...BRANDON was 5-4-0 vs. REGINA during the 2005-06 campaign. CODEY BURKI was 3-4-7 against the PATS...The deadline for fans to enter the BRANDON SUN WHL FANTASY DRAFT (www.wheatkings.com) is midnight Friday, Oct. 13th
 

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Spence stands tall for Hitmen

The Calgary Hitmen's goaltending situation is looking pretty good right now.

Daniel Spence played his second straight stellar game as the Hitmen downed the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-1 last night in Lethbridge.

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Swift Current swamps Cats

Oh, that’s right. Scott Bowles is still a goaltender on this team.

And, oh, right again, they have a new star forward in Devin Setoguchi.

One more — that’s correct, the Cougars have a first-round NHL draft pick, Ty Wishart, who is supposed to anchor the defence.

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Wednesday's WHL Roundup

Braden Holtby stopped 40 shots and Colton Gillies scored in the shootout to help the Saskatoon Blades beat the Kootenay Ice 3-2 in WHL action Wednesday.

Blair Macaulay scored twice for the Blades (3-3-0-0). Steve DaSilva and Curtis Billsten had goals for the Ice (4-3-0-1). Saskatoon managed just 19 shots on Ice goalie Taylor Dakers, but Macaulay got Saskatoon rolling early on a two-on-one just 1:21 into the contest. In other WHL games Wednesday, it was: Calgary 2, Lethbridge 1; Kelowna 4, Portland 2; and Tri-City 3, Seattle 2 (SO).

At Saskatoon, Billsten tied the score on a five-on-three early in the second, but six minutes later Macaulay converted on another goal.

DaSilva capitalized on a Blade turnover with just over six minutes left, and beat Holtby from 25 feet.

Neither club could score in overtime and Kootenay couldn't score in the shootout either as Holtby stopped Ben Maxwell, Ryan Russell and Billsten.

Dakers made his first two saves but Gillies went high glove-side for the winner.

Hitmen 2, Hurricanes 1

At Lethbridge, Alta., the Hurricanes dropped their third in a row losing 2-1 to Calgary Hitmen.

Robin Figren of the Hitmen (5-3-0-0) opened the scoring in the second period before Ryan White scored the go ahead goal midway through the third.

Jesse Craige scored for the Hurricanes (4-4-1-1).

Rockets 4, Winter Hawks 2

At Kelowna, B.C., Cody Almond and Clayton Barthel both scored third period goals as the Rockets defeated the Portland Winter Hawks.

Chris Ray and Lucas Bloodoff also scored for the Hurricanes (2-6-0-1).

Portland's Rob Klinkhammer scored his fourth goal in four games, while Michael Sauer scored a power-play goal in the second period for the Winter Hawks(2-4-0-0).

Americans 3, Thunderbirds 2

At Kennewick, Wash., Shaun Vey beat Derek Yeomans on the third shot of the shootout to lead the Tri-City Americans to a victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds (1-2-0-3).

Taylor Procyshen scored two goals for the Americans (6-1-0-0).
 

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Hitmen take out Hurricanes

The Lethbridge Hurricanes dropped their third in a row losing 2-1 to Calgary Hitmen in WHL action Wednesday.

Robin Figren of the Hitmen (5-3-0-0) opened the scoring in the second period before Ryan White scored the go ahead goal midway through the third. Jesse Craige of the Hurricanes (4-4-1-1) pulled the team to within one on a power play goal with less than a minute left in the game, but Lethbridge couldn't find the equalizer.

Dan Spence got the win with 32 saves, while Hurricanes netminder Justin Leclerc made 37 saves, but took the loss.
 

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Rockets double Winter Hawks

Cody Almond and Clayton Barthel both scored third period goals as the Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winter Hawks 4-2 in WHL action Wednesday.

Chris Ray and Lucas Bloodoff also scored for the Hurricanes. Portland's Rob Klinkhammer scored his fourth goal in four games, while Michael Sauer scored a power-play goal in the second period for the Winter Hawks.

Kelowna goalie Kristofer Westblom finished with 26 saves, while Kurtis Mucha of the Hawks finished with 20.

Kelowna (2-6-0-1) won its first home game of this season, and Portland (2-4-0-0) lost its second straight on the road.
 

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Blades edge Ice

Braden Holtby stopped 40 shots and Colton Gillies scored in the shootout to help the Saskatoon Blades beat the Kootenay Ice 3-2 in WHL action Wednesday.

Blair Macaulay scored twice for the Blades. Steve DaSilva and Curtis Billsten had goals for the Ice. Saskatoon managed just 19 shots on Ice goalie Taylor Dakers, but Macaulay got Saskatoon rolling early on a two-on-one just 1:21 into the contest.

Billsten tied the score on a five-on-three early in the second, but six minutes later Macaulay converted on another goal.

DaSilva capitalized on a Blade turnover with just over six minutes left, and beat Holtby from 25 feet.

Neither club could score in overtime and Kootenay couldn't score in the shootout either as Holtby stopped Ben Maxwell, Ryan Russell and Billsten.

Dakers made his first two saves but Gillies went high glove-side for the winner.
 

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New Pats goaltender has sunny disposition

Life in the California sun did nothing to prepare goaltender Tommy Tartaglione for the cool reception he received at the Regina International Airport on Wednesday.

"I was expecting it to be cold, but there was already snow coming down," Tartaglione said with a laugh after he was escorted to the Brandt Centre by Regina Pats assistant trainer Joel Flett. "As soon as I walked outside (Flett) just looks at me and laughs and goes, 'You know that's snow, right?' I was hoping it was just foggy."

No such luck.

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Americans nip Thunderbirds

Shaun Vey beat Derek Yeomans on the third shot of the shootout to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in WHL action on Wednesday night.

Taylor Procyshen scored two goals for the Americans, including the game-tying goal with 12.1 seconds left in regulation, that went in off his skate from a shot by Colton Yellow Horn. Carey Price finished with 29 saves for the Americans, who have won six straight and took over first place in the U.S. Division.

Kyle Pess and Aaron Gagnon scored for Seattle, which got 22 saves from Yeomans.
 

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Hockey Roundup: Wings net nine, rout Coyotes

The Detroit Red Wings quickly found their missing offense.

Mathieu Schneider had three goals and an assist to lift Detroit to a 9-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. The Red Wings scored only three goals in their first two games.

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice, Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists, and Henrik Zetterberg, Jason Williams and Tomas Holmstrom had a goal and an assist each. Nicklas Lidstrom had three assists, and Niklas Kronwall chipped in with two.

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Bowles To Enter Waiver Draft

PRINCE GEORGE, BC- The Prince George Cougars have announced today that goaltender Scott Bowles has been released and will enter the 20 year old Waiver Draft set to take place this afternoon.
 

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Wear your hockey gear to next Tuesday's game and...

The Everett Silvertips are trying to turn the most difficult situation of the season thus far into a lighter affair.

The Silvertips are holding a promotion during Tuesday's home game against Tri-City where any fans who show up in full hockey gear will be let in free.

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Canes losses snowball

Not quite ski season, yet the Lethbridge Hurricanes find themselves on a slight downward slope.
A 2-1 loss Wednesday night to the visiting Calgary Hitmen is the ’Canes’ third loss this week and second to their Central Division opponent in four days.
Frustration, in the form of Yashar Farmanara breaking his stick over the boards in the third period, is beginning to show.
“Obviously there is some frustration on our side,” Farmanara said, his team slipping to 4-4-1-1. “We can’t let it get to us. We have to regroup. There are 72 games on the schedule and we can’t let three losses in a row bother us just like we can’t let three wins in a row go to our heads.”
The Hitmen (5-3-0-0) have won two in a row and find themselves in a three-way tie for second place in the Central standings log jam.

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Warriors' Coach Still Confident In His Second Stringer

Steve Young says it was just a bad case of nerves, and fans will see Kevin Jebson in goal again this season after a tough first outing.

The Moose Jaw Warriors with another long stretch of time between games this week.

The Tribe had a whole week off last week, and now get 5 days after Tuesday's loss against P.A. to prepare for Sunday's tilt with the Regina Pats.

Tuesday saw the Warriors give up an early 4-nothing lead with Kevin Jebson getting his first Western Hockey League start between the pipes.

Veteran Joey Perricone relieved the 17 year old after giving up 4 goals on 10 shots.

Warriors' Head Coach Steve Young says nerves were likely the case with his rookie tender, but he's confident about giving him the nod again.

"I think Kevin, for himself, his first Western Hockey League game, he knew the type of situation, how important the game was, and it was against someone in our division. So you put all those things together, it was a tough game for him and we had to battle through it. We have two goaltenders, we're going to play with two goaltenders and you're going to see him in the net again at some point."

Newcomer Matt Isbister scored two goals in his Warriors' debut, and was also encouraging to his rookie netminder.

"I don't know too many young guys who go out in their first game and light it up. I think it's just part of the process and he'll bounce back for sure."

The Regina Pats were the most highly touted team in the East Division coming into the season, and right now sit just two points back of top spot with two games in hand on Swift Current.

Should be another big test for the Warriors, as they look to snap a 3 game losing skid.

Game time 7 o'clock, pre-game 6:45 on 800 CHAB Sunday night.
 

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Broncos Goaltending Gets Early Season "A"

Swift Current Broncos goaltending has been the team's strength through nine games.

Goaltenders Travis Yonkman and Kyle Moir have put up some impressive numbers in the early season. The two have combined for a goals against average of 1.99 and a sizzling save percentage of .941.

Three of the five wins have also come way of a shutout. On the recent BC road swing the two combine to allow only 8 goals in the five game trip.

The Broncos sit in top spot in the east division with a record of 5-4. They host the Saskatoon Blades Friday night at the Civic Center - game-time 7:30pm.
 
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