AHLers boost Salmon Kings for Western Final

The return of Ryan MacMurchy from the AHL's Abbotsford Heat should provide a boost for the Victoria Salmon Kings in round two of the ECHL playoffs beginning Friday in Utah.

The return of Ryan MacMurchy from the AHL's Abbotsford Heat should provide a boost for the Victoria Salmon Kings in round two of the ECHL playoffs beginning Friday in Utah.

From Victoria Salmon Kings

The Victoria Salmon Kings have activated forwards Derek Couture and Ryan MacMurchy from their playoff reserve list after returning from the American Hockey League (AHL).

Couture returns to the Salmon Kings from the AHL’s Connecticut Whale where he played in 20 contests to finish the regular season. After joining Connecticut on March 1 he finished the season with 10 points (6g-4a) and 22 minutes in penalties. Couture also dressed for six games with the Whale in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, scoring two points (1g-1a).

Couture played in 25 games with the Salmon Kings this season where he scored eight goals and assisted on 11 others for 19 points with 76 penalty minutes.

MacMurchy also returns to the Victoria lineup following time in the AHL with the Abbotsford Heat. Prior to joining the Heat on February 24, he amassed 33 points (16g-17a) and 54 minutes in penalties across 39 games.

During his time in Abbotsford, MacMurchy complied seven points (5g-2a) in 18 appearances and also tallied 23 penalty minutes.

The Salmon Kings open Round Three of the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs tonight in Anchorage with Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals versus the Aces.

Puck drop is at 8:15 p.m. To watch or listen live to Salmon Kings’ hockey, visi www.salmonkings.com.

Victoria returns home to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for games 3, 4, 5 beginning Saturday, April 30th at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for all three home dates are on sale now and are available for as low as $5. Tickets will be available in person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, online at www.selectyourtickets.com or over the phone at 250-220-7777.