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The Edmonton Oil Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to pick up two points in a 5-4 shootout win over the Medicine Hat Tigers. In a strange addendum, it sounds like Edmonton's Dylan Wruck injured his shoulder while waiving his arms in celebration. Seriously. (The Edmonton Journal)
After an 8-3 loss to the Swift Current Broncos, the Saskatoon Blades are hoping to solve their problems before the playoffs start.
Injuries have given rookie Greg Chase opportunities with the Calgary Hitmen and he's making the most of them. He's getting coveted power-play time alongside veterans Cody Sylvester and Jimmy Bubnick and he hasn't looked out of place. (Calgary Herald)
"The last couple of games we haven't come out ready to play and it's cost us," said forward Brent Benson. "I don't know what it is, if it's our pre-game warm-up or what, but we're not ready to go right now and it's killing us." (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)
It's getting down to brass tacks for the Regina Pats who can't help but think about the two points that got away last week when they lost to the lowly Lethbridge Hurricanes.
"We have to look back on that Lethbridge game and learn from it; why (did it happen)?" said head coach Pat Conacher, whose team is now 16-14-2-1 on the road. "The goal when we started from the very first league game was, 'Guys, if we're going to the playoffs, we have to be .500 or over on the road.' That thinking can't stop." (Regina Leader-Post)
Maclean's magazine wonders if hockey is becoming America's game, with all the players from non-traditional markets like SoCal's own Emerson Etem. (Maclean's)
Ty BilckeWindsor Spitfires forward Ty Bilcke is on the verge of hitting 200 PIMs, which would put him in some very exclusive company alongside the likes Spits assistant coach DJ Smith. But there's more to his game than just punching people in the face:
"He's a guy that early on I thought was just a knuckle dragger, ogre type," said Chris Edwards, who covers Ontario for the NHL Central Scouting bureau. "He works hard and competes and I think he can play a bit.
"In this day, you have to be able to play. I think he's tough enough. When he's out there, he makes things happen. He's competitive and sticks up for his teammates." (The Windsor Star)
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