Monday, 11 April 2011

Wiebe Makes AHL Debut, and Other Monday Morning Notes

- Former Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe made his AHL debut with the Connecticut Whale on Saturday night against Bridgeport. He was held off the scoresheet. The Whale play Portland in the first round of the playoffs.

- Scott Glennie dressed for all three of Texas' games this weekend as was held without a point. Glennie is pointless in four games with the Stars while also sporting a -2 rating. Texas will face Milwaukee in the first round of the AHL playoffs.

- The Manitoba Moose will face Lake Erie in the first round of the AHL playoffs. The Monsters will host the opening two games this weekend. Games #3, #4 and #5 will be at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg next Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

- The road teams dominated the WHL's Eastern Conference Semifinals. Kootenay and Medicine Hat took 2-0 leads over Saskatoon and Red Deer respectively. Both series resume on Tuesday.

- Both of the WHL's Western Conference Semifinals are tied 1-1 after Portland and Spokane picked up home-ice wins last night. Game #3 in both of those series is also tomorrow night.

- Players with Western Manitoba connections still alive in the WHL playoffs include: Brandon product Brock Sutherland (Tri-City), Killarney product Reid Gow (Spokane), Minnedosa product Chad Robinson (Red Deer), former Wheat King Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon) and one-time Wheat King prospect Deven Dubyk (Medicine Hat).

- Jacob DeSerres and the Saint John Sea Dogs find themselves tied 1-1 after the opening two games of their second round playoff series with Victoriaville in the QMJHL. The Sea Dogs won the opener Friday night 4-1 with DeSerres stopping 29 shots. On Saturday, the Tigres emerged with a 3-2 victory despite a 24 save effort from DeSerres. The Saturday loss was the first regulation loss on home ice for the Sea Dogs in almost a year. The series now shifts to Victoriaville for the next three games starting with Game #3 on Tuesday night.

- Former Brandon Wheat King Alexander Urbom notched his first career NHL goal on the final day of the regular season Sunday. Urbom's goal at 9:10 of the third period stood up as the winner in New Jersey's 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. You can watch the historic goal for Urbom at http://bit.ly/gWhZSm.

- Wheat Kings' prospect Brendan Harms and the Portage Terriers won the Turnbull Cup on Saturday night. Portage downed Selkirk 5-2 on Saturday night to take the Manitoba Junior Hockey League Final 4-1. Harms,a sixth round pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, had four goals and 13 points in 17 playoff games for Portage after registering 63 points in 59 regular season contests.

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