SUNDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPS

Nov 11, 2012 - 04:28 MST

WHEAT KINGS WELCOME BRONCOS – Alessio Bertaggia and the Brandon Wheat Kings (9-8-2-1) host Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos (8-9-3-2) for an East Division battle in WHL action on Sunday.

The Wheat Kings fell 5-3 to the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night, dropping them to 3-5-1-1 over their last 10 games, and currently sit in third place in the East Division.  The Wheat Kings are 5-4-1 on home ice this season.  Bertaggia leads the Wheat Kings with 12 goals and 24 points this season.

The Broncos downed the visiting Prince Albert Raiders 4-1 on Saturday night in Swift Current, snapping a two-game losing skid, and currently sit in fourth place in the East Division.  The Broncos have dropped three straight road games.  Lowry scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season on Saturday.

It’s the second meeting of the season between the Broncos and Wheat Kings.  The Wheaties edged the Broncos 5-4 in a shootout in the first meeting on September 28th.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Oliver Bjorkstrand and the Portland Winterhawks (15-3-1-0) host Colin Smith and the Kamloops Blazers (17-4-0-1) for a battle of division leaders.

The Winterhawks blasted the Chiefs 9-1 in Spokane on Saturday night for their 11th consecutive victory, and have climbed to within four points of the Blazers for first place overall.  The Winterhawks are a perfect 10-0 on home ice this season.

The Blazers are coming off Saturday’s 4-2 loss in Kennewick to the Tri-City Americans for their third straight defeat, but remain in first place in the Western Conference and overall WHL standings.  The Blazers have been outscored 11-5 over their last three games.

In Vancouver, B.C., Jackson Houck and the Vancouver Giants (5-13-0-0) host Troy Bourke and the Prince George Cougars (7-10-1-1) for a B.C. Division match-up on Sunday.

The Giants suffered a 9-5 loss to the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Friday night for third loss in four games, and remain in fifth place in the B.C. Division.  Houck leads the Giants with 15 assists this season.

The Cougars are coming off back-to-back 4-2 losses to the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings, stretching their losing skid to four games, overall.  The Cougars are 3-5-0-1 on the road this season.