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Photo : Jillian Bilawchuk & Karrin Saliger March 26, 2014

Katie Brickman - Between the Lines

Support the Generals at Telus Cup - Out of 143 teams, now stands six. The 2014 Telus Cup is about to get underway at Mosaic Place beginning Monday afternoon. The top five teams from the Atlantic, Quebec, Central, West and Pacific regions, along with the host Moose Jaw Generals, will be vying for the national midget AAA championship. It hasn’t been an easy road for any of these teams — as they battled injuries, tough losses, stiff competition and some had long waits. However, these are the best of the best teams in the country in this age bracket. The Toronto Young Nationals won the Central region, the Grenadiers de Châteauguay won Game 7 to be the Quebec region representative, the Okanagan Rockets had to defeat two monster teams— the Vancouver NW Giants and the two-time defending Telus Cup champions, the Red Deer Chiefs and the Prince Albert Mintos bested the Notre Dame Argos in the West region. The Halifax McDonalds defeated the Saint John Vitos to claim the Atlantic division. Although the Generals will have waited 45 days prior to stepping on the ice for game action, I’m sure the players would appreciate any local support. Some of these players will be the next stars in the Canadian Hockey League and possibly move on to the National Hockey League. The talent that will be seen over the next week will be of high quality. Ticket packages and single game tickets are still available through the Hockey Canada website or at the Mosaic Place box office. The organizing committee has set a…

Photo : Katie Brickman April 16, 2014

Matthew Gourlie - Warriors Notebook

Moose Jaw-Brandon pre-game & season predictions - Here are Moose Jaw’s line combinations from Thursday’s practice after the Hansen-Rodewald trade (LW-C-RW):Eberle-Point-RodewaldFiddler-Fioretti-ChirvaPotomak-Gore-WhiteUhrich-Hansen-WarkentineIf I had to guess, I think Duperreault and Del Grosso will sit along with Tyler Brown and Rossignol on defence.The trade moves Fioretti back to centre and off the wing. It’s a big opportunity for Rodewald playing with some skilled players. Still, that trio should be pretty effective on the cycle as well. *  *  *  *Brandon is expected to be without three of their top defenceman tonight: Taylor Green (a 6-7 beast who played for Seattle last year), captain Ryan Pulock and Nick Walters. Pulock played for the New York Islanders Thursday night, while Green and Walters are both injured.Eric Roy, Rene Hunter, Colton Waltz and Kord Pankiewicz will be leaned upon heavily on the Wheat Kings defence. That’s pretty good depth considering who they are missing, but the strength of the Wheat Kings’ team is not as strong as it will be.*  *  *  *Here are my fearless predictions for the Eastern Conference this season:East Division1. Swift Current2. Prince Albert3. Moose Jaw4. Brandon5. Regina6. SaskatoonFormer colleague Jeff D’Andrea from PA Now and I have been debating our respective picks for the division winner. PA has better high-end scoring and a better defence, but SC has the better goalie in Eetu Laurikainen and a lot more depth up front. The bottom line for me is that SC is going to be a tough team to play against and I think that and their goaltending (not that Cole Cheveldave isn’t a…

Photo : Matthew Gourlie September 20, 2013