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  • Quenneville had 4 points in the 2nd period on Friday (Luber's Lounge photo)No. 1 star: John Quenneville, Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

    The 17-year-old Edmonton native had his most productive night of his year-plus junior, getting four of his five points during the middle frame to lead the Wheaties to an 8-4 divisional road win over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Brandon came in on a three-game losing streak and went down 2-0 on a short-handed goal 84 seconds into the third period.

    Quenneville (2G-3A, +3) stepped up by scoring on a one-timer during the remainder of the power play. Two minutes later, Quenneville swooped in like an avenging angel to steal the puck and fed fellow 17-year-old Jayce Hawryluk (2G-2A, +2) for the go-ahead goal. Moose Jaw took a penalty and Quenneville won a draw back to the point, leading to a goal by Calgary Flames-drafted D-man Eric Roy. Quenneville then scored again, giving him a career-high four points, all in a span of 10 minutes of 29 seconds. In the third period, Quenneville got the secondary helper when Tyler Coulter volleyed a puck out of the air for his first WHL goal to give Brandon a two-goal cushion.

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  • Carleton all-Canadian Phil Scrubb dribbles away from Ottawa's Terry Thomas (Valerie Wutti, special to Yahoo! Canada Sports)The Ottawa Gee-Gees' loss in last March's national semifinal that threw them off a collision course with the mighty Carleton Ravens built an illusion.

    The Ravens of coach Dave Smart beat their familiar foil three times by a combined eight points last season on the way to cutting down the championship nets once again. Since a negative cannot be proven, there is no definitive way to no way to know how Round 4 would have turned out if coach James Derouin's Gee-Gees had survived that CIS Final 8 semi against Lakehead. There was a sneaking suspicion, among those who have seen the movie before, that it would not have close. Call it a hunch derived from seeing Carleton win a record nine titles in 11 seasons.

    That element of what if, along with the cross-town rivals each having an unblemished record against Canadian competition, ratcheted the hype for Friday's No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup at a raucous Ravens' Nest. The result was pro forma — it always seems to be with Carleton — as the Ravens controlled the last 30 minutes and romped 94-73 with fifth-year forward Tyson Hinz going off for a game-high 32 points and nine rebounds. Lead guard Phil Scrubb, who played with Canada's men's national team in the summer, had a 2-for-11 shooting night. Yet the Ravens still nearly hit a hundred, much to the joy of the "sloppy seconds!"-chanting Carleton student section.

    The upshot for Ottawa is a change to the traditional Ontario University Athletics schedule meant the rivals were playing before the December exam break, instead of meeting for the first time at the Capital Hoops Classic in January. So there is that.

    "It gives us something going forward over Christmas," said Derouin, whose team led only once all night, shortly before a hand-in-his-face Hinz triple sparked the Ravens to a 15-0 run and eventual 17-point halftime margin. "If it this is the third or fourth week of January, maybe it would be tool late to fix whatever it is I need to fix. This gives us a long, long time to do that.

    "Too many open shots, too many offensive rebounds," added Derouin, whose Gee-Gees had given up 85 more points on three previouus instances during their 16-0 start vs. CIS foes. "They got 18 offensive rebounds. It's the No. 1 team in the country. We have to figure out what we're going to do there.

    "We need games like this to prepare us [for the playoffs in March]," Derouin added. "We haven't played anyone close to this physical until now. We have to see how we respond ... the guys are crushed obviously. Now we have something to take back to them. I was worried about this, and 18

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  • Matt Dumba has played in 13 of the Wild's 26 games (The Associated Press)

    Former Red Deer Rebels star Matt Dumba has taken the sixth defenceman/press box shuttle through the NHL season's first two months with the Minnesota Wild, which has fomented speculation about whether he could be loaned to Team Canada.

    During Sportsnet's Subway Super Series telecast on Wednesday, the network's John Shannon said there was a strong possibility of the 19-year-old defenceman being released for the world junior championship, provided the Wild have a proper complement of healthy blueliners by Dec. 10. Dumba's appeared in only 13 of 26 Wild games at this writing and has yet to play more than 15 minutes 30 seconds in a game. The Wild's standing in the new Central Division might be too tenuous for it to risk playing an inexperienced defenceman.

    It's also worth noting that Dumba has been in the lineup far less than either the Tampa Bay Lightning's Brett Connolly or Anaheim Ducks' Devante Smith-Pelly had at the same point two seasons ago, when the two 19-year-old wings were ultimately lent to the national junior team. As of Nov. 29 of that season, Connolly had appeared in 23 games and Smith-Pelly had played 21.

    Read More »from Minnesota Wild’s Matt Dumba has played less than teens loaned to Team Canada recently
  • Remparts’ Turcotte out for season, IceDogs stun Knights: the coast-to-coast

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    Rensselaer-committed goalie Alec Dillon's WHL rights are now with Edmonton following the Stephen Shmoorkoff trade with Swift Current. Says Dillon: "This is another door that opens up. But I’m a [Victoria] Grizzly, obviously, and I’m focusing on this year." (Victoria Times-Colonist)

    Is Edmonton Oilers pick Greg Chase in the Team Canada camp discussion after his two goals for Team WHL on Thursday? Nice hands by Hunter Shinkaruk on the Vancouver Canucks first-rounder's third-period tally. (Calgary Herald)

    How was Seattle's 16-year-old sensation Mathew Barzal influenced by playing in the same minor hockey association as current Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

    Can Spokane continue its mastery of the four teams it is looking up at in the standings on Friday vs. road-tripping Portland? (The Columbian, Portland Tribune, Spokane Spokeman-Review)

    San Jose Sharks first-rounder Mirco Mueller, who's helped Everett reach first overall, has "unlimited" upside. (Blades of Teal)

    Is Swift Current's Landon Bow the best goalie who's not his team's No. 1? (Southwest Booster)

    The Regina Pats are fresh off an eight-game road trip with a full lineup. That's not like them. (Regina Leader-Post)

    Starting goalie Curtis Honey has resumed full practice with the Brandon Wheat Kings, but doesn't have clearance to play. (Luber's Lounge)

    OHL

    What was up with London losing to rebuilding Niagara? The Knights already have more non-conference losses (3) than they did all of last season. Draft prospect Brendan Perlini, along the way, bagged a nice goal for the IceDogs, who now have Toronto Maple Leafs-drafted centre Carter Verhaeghe working the point on some power plays. (London Free Press, St. Catharines Standard)

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  • Hours before performing the national anthems prior to Thursday's final game of the Subway Super Series, performer Dirk Edwards invited the Twitterverse to, "Come listen to me make a fool of myself in 2 languages."

    Consider that a called shot.

    In a classic there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I moment that rivals the butchering of O Canada prior to a New York Islanders game earlier this week, Edwards' renditions of the Russian and Canadian anthems prior to the Russia-Team WHL game in Lethbridge, Alta., each went sideways. First Edwards, whose Twitter bio lists him as a sales supervisor for Shaw Cable, had to pause midway through the difficult Russian anthem. That's understandable for someone interpreting a song written in an unfamiliar language.

    But it got worse with O Canada. Edwards slipped up on the second line, chuckled nervously and appeared to say, "oh sh-" before realizing he was in front of thousands of fans. During the next line, the correct "glowing hearts" became "glorious hearts." The good Canadian boys on Team WHL's bench really had to strain to maintain their game faces.

    Unfortunately, the singer had forecast on his Twitter account that this might happen.

    Dirk Edwards' tweet prior to his rendition of the anthems (Twitter)

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  • NHL draft tracker: Shane Eiserman, Dubuque Fighting Saints

    Shane Eiserman is ranked as a B skater by NHL Central Scouting (Serena Dalhamer, Dubuque Fighting Saints)The Dubuque Fighting Saints' Shane Eiserman is taking this season to better harness an enviable set of tools.

    The 18-year-old has shown that he has the size, at 6-foot-1½ and 200 pounds, and speed to make life rough for defenders. For Eiserman, who recently signed his NCAA letter of intent with the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, the team he pulled for throughout childhood, it's just a matter of trusting in his ability. The NHL Central Scouting Services ranks Eiserman as a B skater, suggesting he could go in the early rounds in June.

    "Confidence with the puck, I feel I can work on that," says Eiserman, who has three goals and seven points through 13 games for Dubuque, the reigning USHL champion. "It takes experience. As games go along, just feeling more comfortable with the decisions I'm making so I can be ready next year when I go to college.

    "I definitely feel I can play better, but it's early," the West Newbury, Mass., native adds. "Right now I need to get out of slump and play my game. Get back to the basics, what it took to get here, just the simple plays on the ice."

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  • Crisp (right) was taken by Montreal in the third round of the 2013 draft (OHL Images)

    Connor Crisp might have just made a lot of OHL defenceman jealous.

    Crisp is a good half-foot taller and 60 pounds heavier than Carolina Hurricanes prospect Sergey Tolchinsky, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' diminutive dervish, so the impact is not the thing. It's the fact that Crisp, the Sudbury Wolves wing whom the Montreal Canadiens took in the third round of the NHL draft, made such square contact on the Sault Ste. Marie star during the final seconds of overtime in an OHL game on Wednesday.

    Two words for that: text book.

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  • London Knights, Erie Otters trade places in BTN Dynamic Dozen

    London's Mitchell Marner is tied for the OHL rookie scoring lead (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)

    The last time the London Knights moved a first-round choice came at a heavy price.

    That would be the John Tavares blockbuster trade in January 2009, which over time progressed into being the Christian Thomas trade. Tavares was a generational talent not only at the major junior level but the return to the Oshawa Generals included Thomas, who scored 101 goals during a span from 2009 through '11 when London was often wanting for offence.

    In the present, the Memorial Cup-host Knights boast one of the league's brightest true freshmen, rookie scoring co-leader Mitchell Marner, and a promising 17-year-old in Christian Dvorak. Both would seem to be worth keeping. Some OHL teams have taken advantage of the window to trade a first-rounder in January, but London, never the type to be shy once, is at least once bitter.

    Meantime, this week's rundown of the top quintile of the CHL includes a potential first overall showdown in in the QMJHL could change hands, as the top three Quebec-based teams have a modified round-robin.

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  • Gaunce deal creates ripple effect, Team WHL hits ice: the coast-to-coast

    Combing all corners of the country and the blogosphere for your junior hockey headlines ...

    WHL

    Guy Flaming has a sense that Tri-City's Eric Comrie and Halifax's Zach Fucale might be the frontrunners in net for Team Canada, three weeks out from the selection camp. Team WHL can wrap up that totally transcendent Subway Super Series title with a win on Wednesday. (Edmonton Sun, The Pipeline Show)

    Can Edmonton Oilers selections Mitch Moroz and Greg Chase overwhelm for Team WHL on Wednesday? (The Pipeline Show, Calgary Sun)

    Moose Jaw rookie goalie Zach Sawchenko, with his Dec. 30 birthdate, has the distinction of being the Dub's youngest player. That might make up for all the years of the dreaded Christmas/birthday combo gifts. (Calgary Herald)

    Kamloops, which is struggling, is hopeful incoming 17-year-old forward Carson Bolduc can break out in the city where he shone as a bantam player. Forward Aaron Macklin, 18, went north to Prince George in the swap. (Kamloops Daily News)

    OHL

    With Brendan Gaunce headed for Erie, who's the next big OHL name to move? A lot of people might start eyeing Kitchener Rangers centre Radek Faksa. (The Hockey News)

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  • Travis Konecny shares the OHL rookie scoring lead with London's Mitchell Marner (OHL Images)

    At least once a game, Ottawa 67's rookie sensation Travis Konecny will do something that makes cynics giggle gleefully as reminds people he is on a faster lane to stardom than the typical 16-year-old in the Ontario Hockey League.

    Take last Sunday, an otherwise nondescript second-division Niagara IceDogs-67's tilt. During a tied game in the third period, Konecny was shaken up after catching a cross-check in the back, apparently in an area not covered by his equipment. When the Clachan, Ont., native stepped on to the ice for his next shift, he made a terrific play for the tiebreaker: winning a puck battle behind the goal line; wriggling away from from IceDogs defender Blake Siebenaler while protecting the puck and then firing a behind-the-back pass to wing Ryan Van Stralen for the goal.

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