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By: Bruce Luebke
Posted: January 8, 2014 08:24

Former Wheat King Brayden Schenn shows off a grisly cut on his stomach after being stepped on by a skate Tuesday night.

- The 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts gets underway Wednesday morning at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden.  16 top women's teams are competing for the right to represent our province at the Canadian Women's Curling Championship next month in Montreal.  The Black Group which includes top seed Chelsea Carey are the first to hit the ice on the 8:30 a.m. draw while Brandonites Kortney Teale and Kelsey Russill are both in the Red Group and play their first games on the 12:15 p.m. draw Wednesday.  The opening ceremony is at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday night.  CKLQ's Resby Coutts will have coverage throughout the event including special reports daily at 8:35 a.m. and 6:05 p.m. and Resby will also be broadcasting his hour-long curling show 'In the Hack' LIVE from Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden on Thursday night from 7 - 8 p.m. - It's unlikely John Quenneville will be the next Wally Pipp but Quintin Lisoway did a pretty good Lou Gehrig impersonation last night.  With Quenneville sidelined with an upper body injury, Lisoway moved into his regular spot between Jayce Hawryluk and Richard Nejezchleb and produced a goal and an assist in helping the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels.  Former Rebel Chad Robinson snapped a 2-2 tie 4:30 into the third period for Brandon with Tyler Coulter and Colton Waltz also scored in the final frame for the Wheat Kings.  For more on the game, visit Bruce Luebke's blog at http://luberslounge.blogspot.ca/ - WHL teams continue to make roster adjustments leading up to Friday's trade deadline.  The NHL's Minnesota Wild assigned defenceman Matt Dumba to the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday.  The Winterhawks had acquired Dumba's rights from Red Deer last month.  Regina acquired D Isaac Schacher, 18, from Victoria Tuesday for fifth round picks in the 2015 and 2016 Bantam Drafts while Calgary dealt D Brennan Riddle, 16, and a third round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft to Prince Albert Tuesday for a second round pick in 2014 and a fourth round pick in 2015. - The Winnipeg Jets are on a four-game losing streak after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night.  Martin St. Louis scored a power-play goal 8:39 into the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and added an empty-net goal for Tampa Bay.  The Jets managed just 14 shots on goal in the contest with Olli Jokinen and Dustin Byfuglien scoring power-play goals for the Jets.  Winnipeg is now three games under .500 and eight points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. - It was an interesting night for former Brandon Wheat Kings' co-captain Brayden Schenn Tuesday.  The Philadelphia Flyers' centre escaped serious injury when he suffered skate cut on the stomach in the second period of the Flyers 3-2 win over New Jersey.  Schenn returned to score the winning goal 1:50 into overtime and also had an assist in the contest.  Schenn has 11 goals and 27 points in 43 games with the Flyers this season.  Meanwhile, former Wheat King Rob Klinkhammer scored his ninth goal of the season in Phoenix's 6-0 win over the Calgary Flames Tuesday while ex Wheat King Travis Hamonic had two assists in the New York Islanders 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. - The Washington Capitals have placed former Brandon Wheat Kings' defenceman Alexander Urbom on waivers Tuesday.  Urbom has one goal, two points and a +1 rating in 20 games with the Capitals so far this season but hasn't played since November 29th, despite being healthy.  Washington claimed him off waivers from New Jersey on October 3rd. - The Anaheim Ducks recalled former Wheat King Nolan Yonkman from the AHL's Norfolk Admirals Tuesday.  Yonkman did not play in the Ducks' 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins Tuesday night. - A little Brandon flavour on the Canadian Olympic men's hockey team that was announced by Hockey Canada Tuesday.  Brandon product and former Wheat Kings' trainer Darren Granger of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings was officially named one of the equipment managers for the team. - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have added to their coaching staff for the 2014 season, hiring Pat Tracey as the club's Special Teams Coordinator and Markus Howell as the team's Wide Receivers Coach.  Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queen's University while Howell stays on the staff and enters his 15th season in the CFL and fourth year of his coaching career, his third in charge of the receivers. - The latest CIS volleyball rankings have the Brandon Bobcats holding steady at #5 in the men's rankings while the BU women's team is down two spots to #4 in the country.  The Bobcats open the second half of the Canada West season by visiting the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack this Friday and Saturday. - Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were a potent one-two punch for an entire decade on an Atlanta Braves team that made the playoffs year after year. Now, they have a chance to come together again for baseball's highest honour -- membership in the Hall of Fame. Maddux and Glavine are both eligible for the first time, with the inductees to be announced today.

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