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WHL

Today's should-read: Ken Campbell on the minor hockey arms race that sees nine-year-olds play seven games in three days at a tournament. (The Hockey News)

From being on the worst team in the league to a team that's first in its division? Ryan Pilon's move from Lethbridge to Brandon is working out well. (Regina Leader-Post)

Milestone alert: Medicine Hat captain Curtis Valk scored his 100th career goal on Saturday. (Medicine Hat News)

Detroit Red Wings prospect Marek Tvrdon's first goal for Kelowna assauged some frustration. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

Tri-City's win over Vancouver marked the first time that Americans defenceman Josh Thrower has enjoyed a WHL win over his brother, Giants captain Dalton Throwers. Plus it was also significant for Tri-City. (Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald)

Rihards Bukarts kicked it into high gear over the weekend while Brandon took over the (L)Eastern Division lead. (Luber's Lounge)

OHL

Anthony Stolarz's injury on Friday is not cause to require Kevlar socks for OHL goalies. Freak incidents happen. (London Free Press, Philly.com)

Guelph Storm skipper Scott Walker figures he's become "a better coach" after figuring out to connect with overage wing Zack Mitchell. Is it worth pointing out league-league Guelph has two OAs who have never played with another team, which is two more than you-know-who? (Guelph Mercury)

Montreal Canadiens prospect Brady Vail had a three-point game Sunday as he continued his bid to land a contract. (Windsor Star)

Will Sault Ste. Marie's Norwegian import Jorgen Karterud break out in the final two months after ending a long goal drought on Sunday? (Sault Star)

Central Division-leading Sudbury went south for a couple games, and then its power play did so figuratively. (Sudbury Star)

An 0-3 week leaves Kitchener in 19th overall, two points clear of 'leading' the Jakob Chychrun derby. Says coach Troy Smith: "Our five-on-five play has been outstanding." (Waterloo Record)

One home start for the Ottawa 67's and goalie Liam Herbst is evoking comparisons to Jim Ralph back in the day. (Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun)

Recently acquired 18-year-old goalie Michael Giugovaz will make his first start for the Belleville Bulls this week, promise. (Belleville Intelligencer)

With 14 of its last 22 games at home, surging North Bay might be able to nab home-ice advantage for the first round. (Bay Today)

QMJHL

Eighteen-year-old goalie Zachary Fortin was lights-out while earning his first win with Cape Breton. (Cape Breton Post)

So yes, Halifax outscored foes 17-2 over two road games. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Saint John has its first three-game win streak since its coaching change. (Station Nation)

Charles Hudon and Valentin Zykov had some instant chemistry as linemates for Baie-Comeau, which is now in first overall. (Le Soleil)

Sure, Mikhail Grigorenko has returned, but the Quebec Remparts need to address their propensity to give up more than 30 shots per game. (Le Soleil)

What does having Grigorenko back mean for the Remparts, other than everything? (The Pipeline Show)

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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