January 3, 2008

Catching Up

There's actually been quite a bit of hockey played over this past holiday weekend. Here's a quick summary of some of the games:

In the BCHL, Nanaimo played an exhibition game on Wednesday against the Swedish Under-17 team. Sweden is playing a 4-game tour of BCHL teams and has won their first two games over Victoria and Powell River. Sweden reportedly has a roster full of potential NHL draft picks, but facing older players was bound to catch up to them at least once. Michael Garman and rookie Evan Smith combined to shut down the Swedes, 2-0. Sweden will conclude their tour with a game against Cowichan Valley.

Previously, Nanaimo played 3 games over the weekend. The Clippers lost the first two games in the set. Trail defeated the Clips, 4-2, on Friday, while Penticton got the better of them on Saturday, 5-3. Michael Garman played against Trial and stopped 25 shots in the loss. Michael was also in net on Sunday against Salmon Arm and was named the game's 1st-Star when he stopped 26 shots in the 3-1 win.

The Clippers will host Langley on Friday.

Alberni Valley also played three games over their extended weekend. The Bulldogs dropped the first game, 5-2, against Cowichan Valley, but bounced back to win the next two games -- 5-4 over Victoria, and 5-1 over Cowichan Valley. Chris Moulson picked up two assists in the Bulldogs' two victories.

Alberni is home on Friday against Surrey.

In the USHL, Vince Mihalek scored two goals to help Cedar Rapids win two of their three games. The RoughRiders defeated Ohio, 6-3, on Friday, and again on Saturday, 5-4. On Sunday, the Riders dropped a 4-1 game to Waterloo.

Cedar Rapids will face Waterloo on Friday at home.

Locke Jillson added two assists in Des Moines' three games. The Bucs lost to Sioux Falls, 3-2, and to Lincoln, 4-1, to start their weekend. Des Moines then picked up a 3-2 shootout victory against Sioux Falls on Sunday.

The Bucs travel to Chicago on Friday.

Omaha also dropped two of their three games, losing to Indiana, 4-2, and to Sioux Falls, 3-2. The Lancers then shut out Sioux City on Sunday, 2-0. Keir Ross went scoreless in the games.

Omaha will visit Lincoln on Friday.

In Prep play, Cushing won three out of four games to finish in third place in their own tournament. The Penguins beat Northfield Mt. Hermon, 9-2, then lost to Berkshire, 6-2. Cushing got back on track against Lawrence with a 3-1 win, then finished with a 4-2 victory over Nobles. Sean Whitney picked up an assist during the tournament.

The Pens will visit Kimball Union on Saturday.

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