Wednesday, November 25, 2009

One goal win for Team WHL

  • Team WHL earned a 2-1 win over the Russian Selects Wednesday night as the Subway Super Series made a stop in Victoria.

  • Wacey Hamilton (Medicine Hat)and Levko Koper (Spokane) scored goals for the WHL, both in the third period. Calvin Pickard (Seattle) earned the win in goal.

  • Rockets defenseman Tyson Barrie earned an assist on the Hamilton goal.

  • Barrie played a good portion of the game with defensive partner Brett Ponich (Portland).

  • The WHL will have 13 new players in their lineup when they face the Russian Selects Thursday night in Kelowna. Two of those players have links to Kelowna. Rockets forward Brandon McMillan will be Team WHL's captain while Curtis Hamilton (Saskatoon) will have a chance to play in the city he grew up in. Remember Bruce Hamilton's son Curtis was born in Tacoma Washington, not Kelowna.

  • On television it appeared to be a solid crowd in Victoria. Close to 7 thousand took in Wednesday's game as league officials watched carefully how fans responded as they look at Victoria as a great site to re-locate an existing team. Hello Victoria Cougars.

  • I noticed one significant upgrade that the arena in Victoria needs should they host another event where TV coverage is part of the package. New, brighter lighting is desperately needed in that building. The game did not show well on television. My feeling is the same dark look will be prominent when Thursday's game is played at Prospera Place. If you want an example of what quality 'TV friendly' lighting is like, go visit Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver.

  • I will be attending Thursday's practice and will post some pictures from the WHL's 45 minute workout.

  • My biggest fear in Thursday's game? Broken glass. After two pieces of shattered glass Friday and Saturday in games up in Prince George and then two more against Red Deer last week, I have a bad feeling about Thursday's game.

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