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Kamloops Blazers forward Dylan Willick might miss the rest of the first half with a broken ankle. (Kamloops Daily News)

This is the end of the organization code-named chalupa. Although its Twitter account is three-quarters as entertaining as The Iron Sheik's. (The Pipeline Show)

Readers might wince at what happened to Medicine Hat's Elgin Pearce in a game last weekend. Let us just say he sang soprano for a while. (Medicine Hat News)

Tri-City Americans overage Justin Feser has the rare feat of having had a hat trick in all five of his WHL seasons, but never two in the same campaign. (Tri-City Herald)

Kelowna Rockets goalie Jackson Whistle had a shutout in his first home start at Prospera Place. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

Should a team with a feline-derived name really have Dog Night? Poor cats never get to go anywhere. (

Our own Kelly Friesen expounds on the MasterCard Memorial Cup-host Saskatoon Blades being four points out of a playoff berth, the David Musil trade to the Edmonton Oil Kings and the chalupa. (The Pipeline Show)

The Prince Albert Raiders are having trouble winning away from home. (Prince Albert Daily Herald)


Prospective Team Canada defenceman Ryan Murphy made critical mistakes the cost the Kitchener Rangers a regulation win over Owen Sound on Sunday, but he made up for it in overtime. (Rangers Report, Waterloo Record)

Is anyone surprised Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Scott Harrington is shepherding the young London Knights through a valley of darkness? (London Free Press)

The Windsor Spitfires are now 1-for-17 on shootout attempts, including two 0-for-6s. Malcolm Subban had a little to do with the second. (Windsor Star)

Today's should-read: Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer has an expiring arena lease and an expiring affiliation agreement with the Montreal Canadiens. It's ugly. (Hamilton Spectator)

The weekend that was for coach Scott Walker and the Guelph Storm: nationally televised win, give up nine goals on the road, shut out at home. (Guelph Mercury)

Already short-staffed on the blueline, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds could lose overage Chris Buonomo to a checking-to-the-head suspension. (Sault Star, Ottawa Sun)

In case you missed the news earlier, Pittsburgh Penguins selection Matia Marcantuoni is out for Kitchener with a broken finger. (Waterloo Record)

Being average in all areas is why the Sudbury Wolves are a .495 team through 19 games. (Sudbury Star)

Oshawa Generals left wing Michael Dal Colle might be the O's most exciting rookie offensive performer. (

Why has Sarnia Sting forward Nick Latta had three jersey numbers in as many seasons? (TV Cogeco Sarnia)


Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau will captain Team QMJHL on Monday night in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series. Nathan MacKinnon will slide over to right wing, but fellow Halifax Mooseheads phenom Jonathan Drouin is a non-starter. (TVA Sports, Sportsnet, La Presse)

The Team Russia lineup is stacked. (La Presse)

Drouin will be a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Super Series on Wednesday, says Halifax GM Cam Russell. The 17-year-old blocked a shot with his foot on Saturday. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Val-d'Or Foreurs forward Vincent Dunn-Cholette knew to turn it on with a lot of scouts watching in Gatineau on Sunday. (Le Droit)

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