Weekend coast-to-coast: Emerson Etem ejection casts pall over Tigers

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Emerson Etem's kneeing major and game misconduct is the topic du jour before Game 2 of the Medicine Hat-Moose Jaw Eastern semi. Etem's regular centre, Dylan Bredo, was also ejected from the loss to the Warriors. (Tiger Turf, Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

Calgary Flames-drafted goalie Laurent Brossoit kept Edmonton's win streak alive, but just barely, in the opener vs. Brandon. (Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun)

Portland Winterhawks coach-GM Mike Johnston's summation on his team's Game 1 win over Kamloops: "We believed in our room that we can wear teams with our speed, we can ear teams down with our tempo, and I thought midway through the second we started to take over the game." Meantime, the $30.5-million US renovation plan for the Memorial Coliseum shall soon be put to a vote. (Taking Note, Portland TribuneOregon Live)

The Spokane Chiefs and goalie Eric Williams nabbed the opener in Tri-City despite facing seven penalty kills. (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

Take some time and get to know about Portland defenceman Derrick Pouliot. (WHL From Above)


The Erie Otters introduced No. 1 pick Connor McDavid to the media and announced they have a lease extension on Tullio Arena. Otters managing partner Sherry Bassin, meantime, is really trying not to hype up McDavid: "I don't like to put labels on people, but I saw Gretzky come up through, and this kid is as special as any player I've ever seen at this age." (Erie Times-NewsShootout)

This morning's should-read: former NHLers Keith Acton and Greg Millen are fronting a group which wants to buy the Peterborough Petes. (Peterborough Examiner)

Shocker! The Windsor Spitfires are eyeing forward Joshua Ho-Sang with the No. 5 overall pick in this morning's priority selection draft. We're about a hour from learning which team it will be for London, Ont., centre Jared McCann, too. (Windsor Star, London Free Press)

A 40-save shutout against one of the league's highest-scoring teams, in its own building? Why yes, Kitchener Rangers goalie John Gibson is good that way. (Plymouth Observer & Eccentric, Waterloo Record)

Niagara IceDogs' Mark Visentin was candid enough to admit 44 saves in a 2-1 overtime win was his best game of these playoffs. (St. Catharines Standard)

One concern for the Ottawa 67's ahead of Game 2 vs. Barrie: Sean Monahan, Shane Prince and Tyler Toffoli have two-thirds of their playoff goals. (Ottawa Citizen)

The Saginaw Spirit made a stealthy move by nabbing the 18th overall pick in the CHL draft from Guelph, whose imports are both going into their age-19 seasons. (Saxon on the Storm)


Apologies for missing this on Good Friday, but it's pettiness writ large that Stefan Matteau has been barred from playing for Team USA at the IIHF under-18 championship. He was born in Chicago and gave fully of himself to the U.S. national team development program for the past two seasons. What is not to get? (USA Today)

Twist the knife a little more, kid. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who was the most sought after scorer during the Q's trade period, helped the Chicoutimi Saguenéens pull off a Game 1 comeback in Shawinigan and then confessed he would have loved to have landed with the Cataractes. (Temps d'Arret, Le Quotidien)

The Quebec Remparts' glue guys were the difference in the opener vs. Halifax. (Le Soleil)

The Rimouski Océanic were fairly dominant in their series-opening road win over Blainville-Boisbriand. (La Presse)

Jonathan Huberdeau was shut out on Friday and the Saint John Sea Dogs still scored nine goals. (Station Nation)

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

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