London Knights leap into first; Tourigny endorses Drouin, MacKinnon: Weekend coast-to-coast

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A combined 14 points for Kamloops' Colin Smith-Tim Bozon-JC Lipon line against Portland's stingy defence? Sounds like quite a night. Meantime, the Blazers picked up 19-year-old forward Travis Kornelsen from Calgary, since it's an unwritten league rule those two teams have to trade every couple years. (Kamloops Daily News)

Don't worry, you were not the only one who noticed 17-year-old goalie Eric Comrie came back with a 41-save, first-star effort for Tri-City after not getting to start for Team WHL. (Tri-City Herald)

HockeyProspect puts eight WHLers in its top 30 rankings for the 2013 NHL draft, including Kelowna defenceman Madison Bowey. (

A should-read today: how B.C. Lions tailback Andrew Harris, perhaps the CFL's most exciting Canadian player, was a minor hockey star until: "The fees, the equipment, the travel expenses, I don't know how a lot of families today can afford it. "I played at a time when composite sticks were just coming out." How many other great athletes has hockey lost due to high costs? (Vancouver Sun)

Edmonton Oilers selection Martin Gernat has rejoined the road-weary Edmonton Oil Kings following shoulder surgery; the defenceman is two weeks away from skating with the team. (Edmonton Journal)

A Gordon Lightfoot reference in a Prince Albert Raiders game story is an excuse to drop this SCTV reference. (Prince Albert Daily Herald)

The Vancouver Giants are above .500 (5-4-0-0) since adding rugged Kale Kessy. (Vancouver Sun)


The London Knights have taken a 'Liberati leap' into first place in the Western Conference. And the Owen Sound Attack are going to have to learn how to win at Budweiser Gardens again, like they did in 2011. (London Free Press, Metro London)

Seventeen-year-olds Max Domi and Bo Horvat have become reliable when London needs a late goal. (London Free Press)

Toronto Maple Leafs first-rounder Tyler Biggs to the rescue for Oshawa. (

Vancouver Canucks blueline prospect Evan McEneny thought he had his first OHL goal on Friday for Kitchener, but the result was changed by cruel kings. Or more likely by the official scorekeeper. (Waterloo Record)

You don't know what you're getting on a given night with the Guelph Storm. Friday, they blew out a strong Mississauga team. (Guelph Storm)

The Kingston Frontenacs got younger at forward, adding 17-year-old Sam Povorozniouk from Saginaw for a third-rounder and moving vet Trevor Morbeck to Oshawa. Then they got seven goals from players aged 18 or younger vs. Peterborogh. (Saginaw News, Kingston Whig-Standard)

The Brampton (future North Bay) Battalion are 2-for-2 on their northern swing after beating flu-ridden Sault Ste. Marie. (Sault Star)

Realizing they are "not the most offensively skilled team" helped the Sudbury Wolves bear down to beat a division leader, Sarnia, on Friday, (Sudbury Star)

Draft-year forwards Stephen Nosad and Greg Betzold are developing a nice synergy for Peterborough. (Peterborough Petes)


It was Department on National Defence Appreciation Night in Halifax, but the department of offence headed by stole the show. Talk among yourselves whether Nathan MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin had the minister's portfolio. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

The teeming tizzy over Drouin and MacKinnon might cause one to overlook Cape Breton's William Carrier, a third-year junior, has the most points of any QMJHLer in the 2013 draft class. Carrier had a four-apple night and moved into third in league scoring. (Cape Breton Post, Station Nation)

The Blainville-Boisbriand Armada left no doubt who rules the roost in the Telus West division by beating Drummondville. (Parlons Junior)

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

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