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Nic Petan eyes 50-goal year, Spitfires’ season on brink: Monday’s coast-to-coast

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Officially, the Saskatoon Blades had 12,588 fans, the most to every see a major junior game in Saskatchewan, in attendance on Saturday. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

The Portland Winterhawks had 4-0 and 5-0 leads during their two-game sweep of Kelowna, but it's not like a series in February is definitive. (Kelowna Daily Courier, Oregon Live, The Pipeline Show)

With Portland's Nic Petan now up to 40 goals, it is fair to ask how long it has been since a 17-year-old sophomore scored 50. Kelowna play-by-play man Regan Bartel believes Patrick Marleau is the most recent: "Petan is smallish, but I don't care if he's 4 foot 3, he goes to the right areas to score goals. Petan is playing with two highly skilled players [Brendan Leipsic and Ty Rattie] but he isn't riding on their coat tails." (Regan's Rant)

The Victoria Royals moved into fourth in the Western Conference just in time to head out on an 11-day road trip with key forwards such Alex Gogolev and Logan Nelson ailing. (Victoria Times-Colonist, Spokane Spokesman-Review)

Winning without injured captain Hunter Shinkaruk is challenging for Medicine Hat, but it managed it on Sunday. (Tiger Turf)

The Everett Silvertips are providing a money-back guarantee to season-ticket holders who renew in each of the next two seasons. That is the kind of year it's been without Ryan Murray. (Everett Herald)


Take a few minutes to really watch the CBC feature on Saginaw Spirit wing Gregg Sutch, who is hearing impaired. (CBC Sports)

The Windsor Spitfires' playoff hopes might rely on beating the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday, writes Patrick King. (Sportsnet, Windsor Star)

Damn: the Peterborough Petes' Pink The Rink fundraiser collected a good $80,000. Plus the Petes are within four points of the playoff pack in the Eastern Conference. (Peterborough Examiner)

Toronto Maple Leafs second-rounder Matt Finn is still recovering from mononucleosis and has not resuming practising with the Guelph Storm. (Guelph Mercury)

Most incisive quote of the weekend? Dale Hawerchuk on the end of his Barrie Colts' 1-1-1-0 weekend, a 6-5 loss at Sarnia: "When the brain's tired, I thought we were cheating a little bit on some of our routes in our game plan." (Sarnia Observer)

Sudbury coach Trent Cull did the "put a defenceman in the shootout" gambit and Charlie Dodero made it look genius. Sudbury is 6-2-2-2 since trading away two top defencemen at the deadline. (Sudbury Star)

Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner hit the 100 career goal mark during the Oshawa Generals' 4-of-6 points weekend. (

The Kingston Frontenacs broke their 12-game losing streak on Sunday. Now they have a six-game run of roadies, thanks to the K-Rock Centre hosting the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. And no, no one who writes on BTN has ever crushed on female curlers. (Kingston Whig-Standard)


Getting to know Cape Breton Screaming Eagles forward William Carrier, who has been beset by injuries during his draft season. (The Pipeline Show)

The league has come down on the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Val-d'Or Foreurs after a brawl that got out of hand on Saturday. (Le Tribune)

Quebec Remparts grad Mikhail Grigorenko had his first healthy scratch with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. (Buffalo Hockey Beat)

Just like that, league scoring leader Peter Trainor and his Rimouski Océanic are back into the No. 2 overall playoff seed. (Le Soleil)

The movers and shakers pushing to get the Q back in Trois-Rivières are not going away, even though the Shawinigan Cataractes want nothing to do with it. (Temps d'Arret)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to

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