ICE HOST WHEAT KINGS LIVE ON SHAWNov 16, 2012 - 07:29 MST
ICE WELCOME WHEAT KINGS LIVE ON SHAW – Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice (5-12-1-0) welcome Ryan Pulock and the Brandon Wheat Kings (9-9-2-1) in Western Hockey League action on Friday night.
Friday’s match-up between the Ice and Wheat Kings can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm MST).
The Ice are coming off a 4-0 shutout win in Calgary over the Hitmen on Monday, putting a stop to an eight-game losing skid, but remain in sixth place in the Central Division. The Ice currently sit at 3-9-1 on home ice this season. Reinhart played for Team WHL in the SUBWAY Super Series on Wednesday night in Vancouver, scoring in the shootout to seal a win for the WHL.
The Wheat Kings are coming off a 3-2 loss to the visiting Swift Current Broncos last Sunday for their second straight setback, and currently sit in fourth place in the East Division. The Wheat Kings are 4-4-1-1 through their first 10 road games. Pulock also played for Team WHL on Wednesday night in Vancouver.
It’s the first meeting of the season between the Ice and Wheat Kings. The teams split four meetings last season.
Elsewhere on Friday, Colin Smith and the Kamloops Blazers (17-5-0-1) host the Portland Winterhawks (16-3-1-0) for the second straight meeting between Western Conference division leaders.
The Winterhawks rolled to their 12th consecutive victory, defeating the visiting Blazers 3-1 on Sunday in Portland, and currently sit just two points behind the Blazers for first place in the Western Conference and top spot in the overall WHL standings. The Hawks’ offense has exploded for 70 goals over the course of their 12-game win streak.
The Blazers suffered their fourth straight loss with Sunday’s setback in Portland, and have lost five of their last six games after having enjoyed a 14-game win streak. Kamloops boasts and 8-1 record on home ice this season.
In Lethbridge, AB, Sam Mckechnie and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (13-8-1-1) take on Josh Morrissey and the Prince Albert Raiders (13-6-0-2) for a match-up between two of the Eastern Conference’s most improved teams on Friday night.
The Raiders dropped a 4-1 decision in Swift Current to the Broncos on Saturday, but remain in first place in the East Division standings. Last season, the Raiders finished in last place in the Eastern Conference. Mark McNeill, the Raiders’ captain, leads the team in scoring with 24 points this season.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-1 win in Moose Jaw on Monday night, improving to 11-3-1-1 over their last 16 games, and currently sit just one point out of first place in the Central Division. Last season, the Hurricanes finished in sixth place in the Central Division and 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
In Prince George, B.C., Alex Forsberg and the Prince George Cougars (7-10-1-2) take on Josh Nichools and the Saskatoon Blades (8-10-0-1) on Friday.
The Cougars dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Giants in Vancouver on Sunday night for their fifth straight setback, and currently sit in fourth place in the B.C. Division. Forsberg snapped a five-game goalless drought with a tally on Sunday in Vancouver.
The Blades suffered a 6-2 loss to the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday, and currently occupy sixth place in the East Division. Nicholls shares the WHL lead with 17 goals this season, and has scored seven times over his last five games.
In Kent, WA, Shea Theodore and the Seattle Thunderbirds (9-10-1-0) host Hunter Shinkaruk and the Medicine Hat Tigers (11-10-1-0) on Friday night.
The Thunderbirds are back home after wrapping up a seven-game road trip with a 2-5 record, and currently sit in fourth place in the U.S. Division. The Thunderbirds have played just five home games this season, going 3-1-1 in the process.
The Tigers kick off a three-game weekend U.S. Division road trip on Friday having won seven of their last nine games, and currently sit in fourth place in the Central Division. Shinkaruk ranks fourth in the WHL scoring race with 33 points..
In Kennewick, WA, Justin Feser and the Tri-City Americans (13-7-1-1) host Ryan Olsen and the Kelowna Rockets (12-6-1-1) for the first of two meetings between the teams this weekend.
The Americans doubled up the visiting Kamloops Blazers 4-2 on Saturday night for their fourth victory over their last five games, and currently sit in third place in the U.S. Division. The Ams are 6-4-0-1 on home ice this season.
The Rockets have been idle since Friday’s 8-1 thrashing of the visiting Red Deer Rebels, stretching their win streak to five games, and currently sit in second place in the B.C. Division. The Rockets have outscored their opposition 23-4 over their last five games.
In Victoria, B.C., Steven Hodges and the Victoria Royals (10-10-0-0) take on Ryan Murray and the Everett Silvertips (7-13-0-2) on Friday.
The Royals snapped a six-game losing skid with a 5-3 victory in Medicine Hat over the Tigers last Saturday, and kick off a six-game home stand versus the ‘Tips on Friday. Hodges suited up for Team WHL in Game 6 of the SUBWAY Super Series in Victoria on Thursday night.
The Silvertips are coming off a 3-0 shutout win over the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick on Friday night, snapping a seven-game losing skid, and currently sit in fifth place in the U.S. Division. Murray leads the ‘Tips in scoring with 17 points this season.