Wednesday coast-to-coast: Kamloops Blazers up 3-0, but lose captain

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Kamloops Blazers captain Chase Schaber is out after suffering a deep skate cut. (Kamloops Daily News, Victoria Times-Colonist)

Highly touted NHL draft prospect Henrik Samuelsson makes his post-season debut tonight as the Edmonton Oil Kings seek a 3-0 series lead over Kootenay. (Edmonton Journal)

Ottawa Senators prospect Mark Stone and his Brandon Wheat Kings, remembering how they couldn't seal the deal after being up 2-1 in last season's playoffs, are one win from bouncing Calgary. Getting captain Cody Sylvester back didn't do enough for the Hitmen. (Calgary Herald, Luber's Lounge)

Spokane Chiefs captain Darren Kramer is pressing on with his peanut butter solution. (Vancouver Province)

Colorado Avalanche first-round pick Duncan Siemens and his Saskatoon Blades are staring at a second consecutive sweep in the playoffs. Not very auspicious for next season's MasterCard Memorial Cup host team. (Sportsnet)

Mario Annicchiarico found a fan who was there the last time WHL playoff hockey came to Victoria in 1989. (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Saskatoon native Boston Leier is having fun helping his Medicine Hat Tigers beat his hometown Blades in their Eastern Conference series. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Tiger Turf)

No Cody Beach, no problem for the Moose Jaw Warriors. (Regina Leader-Post)

Leasgue scoring champ Brendan Shinnimin and Tri-City are a win from sweeping Everett. (Tri-City Herald, Seattle Times)


With a 3-0 series lead over Windsor, the London Knights can opt to let core players Scott Harrington, Jarred Tinordi and Jared Knight rest some minor injuries. (London Free Press)

The playoffs have been a learning experience for Windsor Spitfires rookies such as Adam Bateman and Jordan Maletta. (Windsor Star)

The Kitchener Rangers can oust Owen Sound tonight. After what happened last Saturday when some angry fans threw debris on the ice, let's hope there's no free pretzel promotion. (Waterloo Record, Owen Sound Sun Times)

Draft-year goalie Daniel Altshuller insists he wasn't nervous when the Oshawa Generals tapped him for Sunday's must-win game in Niagara. (

The Saginaw Spirit could have easily won all three games vs. Sarnia. Instead, they are down in the series entering this evening's critical Game 4. (

The Sudbury Wolves are up against it, down 3-0 to Brampton. (Sudbury Star)

Now tied 2-2 with Belleville, the Ottawa 67's are taking solace in their three-goal rally that forced overtime. (Belleville Intelligencer, Ottawa Citizen)

As the newest member of the Philadelphia Flyers organization, Soo Greyhounds centre Nick Cousins will finish the season in the AHL. (Belleville Intelligencer)

Kingston Frontenacs general manager Doug Gilmour says "it is 100% sure in our eyes" that 15-year-old Connor McDavid will go to the Erie Otters. So whom (Roland McKeown) do the Fronts take No. 2? (Kingston Whig-Standard)


Nathan MacKinnon and the Halifax Mooseheads are through to Round 2. Playoff experience, schmlayoff experience. (Metro Halifax)

Some draftniks have soured a bit on Mikhail Grigorenko. (The Cult of Hockey)

The Drummonville Voltigeurs' Emil Sylvegard and Quebec Remparts' Nick Sorensen, close friends growing up in Sweden, are each going through some adversity in their first North American seasons. (Le Soleil)

Fifty-goal scorer Zach O'Brien is the reason the Acadie-Bathurst Titan are living to play another day vs. Chicoutimi. (Le Quotidien)

The aggregate score in the Cape Breton-Saint John series is now 29-7. (Cape Breton PostStation Nation)

The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada are one win from a sweep of Gatineau. (Ottawa CitizenLa Presse)

Former Moncton Wildcats centre Matt Eagles has had to give up hockey due to concussions. Eagles spent the past two seasons playing for the St. Thomas Tommies. (The Aquinian)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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