Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Team WHL Downs Russians, Helps CHL Clinch Super Series

Calvin Pickard made 23 saves in the Team WHL
net on Wednesday
The Canadian Hockey League clinched the Subway Super Series on Wednesday night as Team WHL picked up a 5-2 win over the Russian Selects at the Brandt Centre in Regina.

Three members of the Portland Winterhawks led the way offensively as Ty Rattie and Brad Ross had a goal and an assist each and Joe Morrow added two helpers for Team WHL.

“I thought it was a good game for us. I thought we learned a lot,” said Team WHL head coach Don Hay in his post-game media address, “We got down early, and then we battled back. We competed hard in real good areas…I thought we did a real good job.”

Jordan Weal of the Regina Pats, Josh Nicholls of the Saskatoon Blades and Max Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice also scored for Team WHL while Winnipeg product Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds made 23 saves in net.

“Playing Russia is a different sort of game, it’s not like a WHL game. They’re more looking for the late guy all the time, they don’t shoot from the outside very much but I knew that coming in and I thought I had a good start,” said Pickard, “It was nice to get the win and wrap up the series.”

The sixth and final game of the Subway Super Series goes Thursday night in Moose Jaw, with Brandon product Joel Edmundson of the Warriors and four members of the Wheat Kings in Mark Stone, Michael Ferland, Jordan Fransoo and Ryan Pulock slated to suit up for Team WHL.

“I think there’s going to be 14 new skaters (for Thursday), and that’s good. They were at the game and they were able to watch the game,” said Hay, “It’s a great challenge for everybody to see what it’s all about so I think it’ll be a good opportunity for a new group.”

There could be another new face for Team WHL on Wednesday, depending on the status of Medicine Hat Tigers’ goaltender Tyler Bunz.

Bunz was sent to hospital after he took a puck in the head while sitting on the bench.

Bunz was slated to start Thursday’s game in Moose Jaw, and felt well enough Wednesday night to tweet “Congrats to the boys for the series clinching win! sorry I couldnt cheer you on! Big game by @cpickard1 ! Your the maaan”

Chaff…Team WHL captain Brendan Gallagher of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants had even more reason to celebrate Wednesday after inking an entry level contract with the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. Gallagher was a fifth round pick of the Habs in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft…the announced attendance Wednesday was 4,501 but there were probably less than 4,000 people in the stands. The Pats had included the game as part of their season ticket package…the only other Manitoban that played with Team WHL Wednesday was Zack Franko of the Kelowna Rockets, who picked up an assist.

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