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Leading scorer Mitch Holmberg returned and the Spokane Chiefs spanked Kamloops in a matchup of Western Conference heavies. (Kamloops Daily News, Spokane Spokesman-Review)

Should the Kelowna Rockets leave a light on for Buffalo Sabres first-rounder Zemgus Girgensons, who's currently in the AHL? Or get forward help via trade? (Kelowna Daily Courier)

Does that make it rude to point out Kelowna used to have Shane McColgan and he had four points on Friday for Saskatoon? (Global Saskatoon, Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

The Portland Winterhawks' crack marketing staff did not time an '80s night promotion to sync up with a 9-5 win. Maybe next time. (Portland Tribune, Oregon LiveVancouver Sun)


Guelph Storm coach Scott Walker, on forward Brock McGinn's five-minute boarding major on Friday that will likely result in a suspension: "He's got to get a lot smarter out there ... you can't hit a guy like that, regardless of if it was a bad hit or a good hit." (Guelph Mercury)

Today's must-read: Robert Cribb on Brock University defenceman Milan Doczy's quest to receive an OHL education package, even though it was not available to import players when he signed with the Owen Sound Attack in 2007. (Toronto Star)

London Knights goalie Jake Patterson is building a case to be drafted as a second-time-eligible 18-year-old. (London Free Press)

The soccer term "derby" applies to the Belleville-Kingston rivalry, since both teams have traded shutout wins. It was the Frontenacs' turn on Friday. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

Tony Saxon gives a thumbs-up to the OHL's return to North Bay (which received more than 1,400 season-ticket pledges in 24 hours): "An OHL team in North Bay could draw more fans in a February snowstorm than Brampton could on a sunny fall day." (Guelph Mercury)

The Ottawa 67's have allowed 14 goals (excluding empty-netters) in their past two games against middling opponents. Something's gotta give, doesn't it? (Ottawa Sun)

Carolina Hurricanes-drafted defenceman Trevor Carrick had a nice three-point night to help Current Mississauga (Steelheads) beat Former Mississauga (IceDogs). Meantime, Ryan Strome was ejected for a check from behind. (Mississauga News)

The Erie Otters prevailed over Peterborough in Friday's basement battle. (Erie Times-News, Peterborough Examiner)


Nice return for Anthony Duclair: the Quebec  Remparts' 17-year-old had three points. (Le Soleil)

Make it 10 games in a row without a regulation loss for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. They are the real-life junior hockey equivalent to the East Dillion Lions. (Le Soleil)

Getting Christian Marti back from injury has put some spring in the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada's step. (La Presse)

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