SATURDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW

Sat Jan 26

REBELS TAKE ON HURRICANES LIVE ON SHAW – Turner Elson and the Red Deer Rebels (25-20-4-2) welcome Jaimen Yakubowski and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (23-21-1-6) for a Central Division match-up in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.

Saturday’s match-up between the Hurricanes and Rebels can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:30pm MST).

The Rebels are coming off Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings for their third straight setback, and currently hold a three-point lead over the ‘Canes and Swift Current Broncos for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.  The Rebels have managed just two goals over their last three games.  Elson leads the Rebels with 35 points this season.

The Hurricanes skated to a 6-4 win over the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Friday night, halting a two-game losing skid, and sit tied with Swift Current for fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.  The Hurricanes are 8-11-0-3 on the road this season.  Yakubowski got his 27th goal of the season on Friday night versus the Hitmen.

It’s the second meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Rebels.  The Rebels posted a 2-1 win in a shootout over the visiting Rebels in the first meeting on November 23rd.

Elsewhere on Saturday night, Michael St. Croix and the Edmonton Oil Kings (33-11-2-3) take on Eric Roy and the Brandon Wheat Kings (18-27-2-2).

The Oil Kings are coming off a 4-2 win in Saskatoon over the Blades on Wednesday for their third win in a row, and currently sit five points clear of Calgary for first place in the Eastern Conference.  The Oil Kings boast the WHL’s top-ranked power play and penalty killing unit.

The Wheat Kings edged the Rebels 2-1 in overtime on Friday night in Red Deer, improving them to 4-2 over their last six games, and currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.  Wheat Kings’ goaltender Corbin Boes turned in a 43-save effort in Friday’s win in Red Deer.

In Kelowna, B.C., Zach Franko and the Kelowna Rockets (36-10-2-1) welcome Mark McNeill and the Prince Albert Raiders (28-16-1-3) for a battle between division leaders on Saturday.

The B.C. Division-leading Rockets are coming off back-to-back wins over the Seattle Thunderbirds in a home-and-home series, and have won 13 of their last 14 games.  The Rockets are enjoying a 20-game winning streak on home ice, having not lost at home since October 10th.

The Raiders fell 4-1 in Kamloops to the Blazers on Friday night, ending a two-game winning streak, but remain in first place in the East Division.  McNeill leads the Raiders in scoring with 49 points this season.

In Prince George, B.C., Troy Bourke and the Prince George Cougars (14-28-2-4) host Kohl Bauml and the Everett Silvertips (21-26-1-2) for the second straight meeting between the teams.

The Silvertips edged the Cougars 3-2 in Prince George on Friday night to improve to 4-0-1 over their last five games, and currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference.  Bauml scored twice on Friday night, giving him 17 goals on the season.

The Cougars dropped their third straight decision with Friday’s setback to the visiting Silvertips, and remain in ninth place in the Western Conference.  The Cougars are 9-13-2-0 on home ice this season.

In Regina, SK, Chandler Stephenson and the Regina Pats (18-26-3-2) welcome Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice (22-25-2-0) on Saturday evening.

The Pats suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to the Broncos in Swift Current on Friday night for their sixth consecutive setback, and remain in 10th place in the Eastern Conference.  Stephenson has 10 goals and 24 points in 24 games this season.

The Ice dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime in Moose Jaw to the Warriors on Friday night, snapping a five-game winning streak, and currently sit three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  Reinhart scored on Friday, extending his point streak to 12 games.

In Spokane, WA, Todd Fiddler and the Spokane Chiefs (30-17-2-0) take on Curtis Valk and the Medicine Hat Tigers (24-23-2-1) on Saturday night.

The Chiefs were shut out 3-0 by the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Friday night after having beaten the Hawks twice in the previous four days, and currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference.  Fiddler leads all WHL players with 33 goals this season.

The Tigers skated to a 6-5 victory over the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick on Friday night to improve to 7-3 over their last 10 games, and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.  Valk got his team-leading 28th goal of the season on Friday.

In Swift Current, SK, Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos (24-20-3-2) host Sam Fioretti and the Moose Jaw Warriors (15-25-3-6) for a battle between East Division foes on Saturday.

The Broncos edged the visiting Regina Pats 5-4 in overtime on Friday for their seventh straight victory, and currently sit just three points back of Red Deer for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.  Lowry scored the overtime winner on Friday for his fourth game-winning marker of the season.

The Warriors snapped a 10-game losing streak by edging the visiting Kootenay Ice 3-2 in overtime on Friday night, and currently sit in 11th spot in the Eastern Conference.  Fioretti netted two goals on Friday, including the extra-frame winner.

In Kennewick, WA, Justin Feser and the Tri-City Americans (28-18-1-2) take on Ty Rattie and the Portland Winterhawks (38-7-1-2) for a U.S. Division match-up on Saturday.

The Americans dropped a 6-5 decision to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night, ending a two-game win streak, and currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference.  Feser boasts a team-leading 27 goals and 66 points this season.

The Winterhawks blanked the Chiefs 3-0 in Spokane on Friday to end a four-game losing skid, and remain in first place in the overall WHL standings.  Rattie scored twice and set up another on Friday, giving him 25 goals and 65 points in 39 games this season.

In Victoria, B.C., Brandon Magee and the Victoria Royals (26-17-1-2) host Jackson Houck and the Vancouver Giants (12-37-0-0) for the second straight night on Saturday.

The Royals skated to a 6-4 win over the visiting Giants on Friday night, stretching their winning streak to six games, and currently sit 10 points clear for sixth place in the Western Conference.  Magee scored four goals on Friday night versus the Giants.

The Giants dropped their fifth straight decision with Friday’s loss to the Royals, and remain in 10th place in the Western Conference.  The Giants have given up 29 goals over their last five games.