Daily Dose of the Dub: Hitmen clinch playoff berth

Hitmen clinch a playoff spot

The Calgary Hitmen clinched their spot in this year’s playoffs with a 6-4 win over the Kamloops Blazers.

Alkhimov, Buchanan, Svenson out for Swift Current

Sergei Alkhimov and Kye Buchanan were not in the lineup for the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday after playing on Friday vs. Spokane.

Belluk leaves game with an injury

Regina Pats netminder Danton Belluk left Saturday’s game vs. Edmonton after being run into by Pats forward Cole Dubinsky in an unfortunate incident and did not return to the game after the end of the period.

Tendeck scratched vs. Silvertips

Vancouver Giants goaltender David Tendeck was scratched for the Giants against Everett on Saturday. Our Stephen Hawco reports Tendeck was shaken up in the third period against Calgary but did finish the game.

Keeler injured on hit by Sekundiak

Edmonton’s Liam Keeler was held out of the lineup vs. Regina due to an injury sustained on a hit by Brandon’s Marcus Sekundiak.

Thiessen out for Wheat Kings 

Rylan Thiessen was not in the lineup for the Wheat Kings on Saturday night vs. Prince Albert after playing Friday vs. Edmonton. Marcus Sekundiak did play for Brandon meaning he won’t be suspended for his hit on the aforementioned Keeler.

Carpendale makes Blazers debut

Tyler Carpendale played in his first game of the season and first game since being traded to the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday. In 60 games last season with Seattle, he had six goals and 16 assists.

Chudley back for Chiefs

Jordan Chudley played his first game since January 31st for the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday.

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Feist back after sitting out Friday

Tyson Feist was once again a game-time decision for the Kelowna Rockets but this time he was in the lineup after sitting out on Friday night.

Blazers unveil new retired jersey banners

The Kamloops Blazers revealed new banners for their retired jerseys as part of pre-game celebrations to celebrate their Memorial Cup history.

Milestones

  • Kelowna’s Elias Carmichael scored his first WHL goal.
  • Seattle’s Brendan Williamson scored his first WHL goal.
  • Spokane’s Mac Gross tallied his first WHL point.
  • Swift Current’s Carter Stebbings made his WHL debut in his hometown of Saskatoon.
  • Vancouver’s Seth Bafaro played his 200th WHL game.
  • Victoria’s Brayden Schuurman made his WHL debut for the Royals.

Quinney makes NHL debut

Gage Quinney (182 GP, 53 G, 66 A with the Prince Albert Raiders, Kelowna Rockets and Kamloops Blazers from 2013-16) suited up for his first NHL game with the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

Thurkauf makes Blue Jackets debut

Calvin Thurkauf (121 GP, 51 G, 64 A with the Kelowna Rockets from 2015-17) made his NHL debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Troubling Moment

Regina’s Robbie Holmes was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for this hit on Edmonton’s Keegan Slaney.

Three Stars

First Star: Saskatoon’s Martin Fasko-Rudas had two goals and one assist.

Second Star: Spokane’s Lukas Parik made 34 saves on 35 shots.

Third Star: Red Deer’s Chris Douglas scored once and added three assists.

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