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Mikkelson and Brule Put Cherry on Top in Prospects Game Victory

January 20, 2005 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

Vancouver, BC - Portland Winter Hawk defenseman Brendan Mikkelson scored a goal and Vancouver Giants forward Gilbert Brule logged a hat trick as Team Cherry rolled over Team Davidson 8-4 in the 10th annual Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game on Wednesday night. The game showcased the Canadian Hockey League's top players that are eligible for the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The National Hockey League's 30 teams selected the 40-player rosters.

17-year-old WHL sophomore Brendan Mikkelson notched Team Cherry's sixth goal at 7:16 of the third period. Gilbert Brule and Chris Lawrence of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds assisted on the play. Don Cherry started Tri-City netminder Carey Price, who stopped 14 of 15 shots. Brule, a native of Vancouver and playing in front of a hometown crowd, scored the prospect game's first ever hat trick and was selected Team Cherry's player of the game for his effort. Moose Jaw Warrior Kenndal McArdle, led John Davidson's team with a pair of goals and was the Davidson player of the game.Teammates one game and opponents the next, Mikkelson and Brule will meet again Sunday, January 23rd as the Winter Hawks welcome the Vancouver Giants in the Rose Garden at 5 P.M.

Portland wraps up their longest road-trip of the season with weekend games against division leading teams. The Winter Hawks take on the B.C. Division leading Kelowna Rockets on Friday January 21st at 7:00 p.m. and U.S. Division leading Seattle on Saturday January 22nd at 7:05 p.m.

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