SUNDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSNov 18, 2012 - 05:15 MST
HITMEN TAKE ON BRONCOS – Brooks Macek and the Calgary Hitmen (13-5-1-2) host Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos (9-10-3-2) in Western Hockey League action on Sunday.
The Hitmen have been off since falling 4-0 to the visiting Kootenay Ice on Monday, snapping a five-game winning streak, and currently sit in second place in the Central Division. Calgary’s power play is operating at just 14.3% efficiency on home ice, compared with a 33.3% clip on the road. Macek leads the Hitmen in scoring with 26 points this season.
The Broncos dropped a 2-1 decision to the Rebel in Red Deer on Saturday night after having won their previous two outings, and remain in second place in the East division. The Broncos are 4-4-1-1 on the road this season. Lowry paces the Broncos with 26 points this season.
It’s the first meeting of the season between the Hitmen and Broncos. Calgary swept the four-game series versus Swift Current last season.
In other WHL action on Sunday, Reid Petryk and the Everett Silvertips (8-14-0-2) welcome Miles Koules and the Medicine Hat Tigers (11-12-1-0).
The Silvertips edged the visiting Vancouver Giants 6-5 on Saturday night for their second victory over their last three games, and currently occupy fifth place in the U.S. Division standings. Petryk scored twice on Saturday, giving him seven goals on the season.
The Tigers dropped a 5-2 decision to the Winterhawks in Portland on Saturday night, stretching their losing skid to five games, and currently sit in fifth place in the Central Division. The Tigers have won just three of their first 12 road games.
In Lethbridge, AB, Brady Ramsay and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (13-9-1-1) host Ryan Pulock and the Brandon Wheat Kings (9-11-2-1) on Sunday.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2 loss to the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night, and currently sit just two points out of first place in the Central Division. The Hurricanes are 9-4-1-1 on home ice this season.
The Wheat Kings suffered a 4-0 shutout loss to the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook on Saturday for their second loss in as many nights to Kootenay, and currently sit in fifth place in the East Division. The Wheat Kings have been outscored 17-8 over the course of a current four-game losing skid.
In Red Deer, AB, Turner Elson and the Red Deer Rebels (11-11-1-1) host Mike Winther and the Prince Albert Raiders (15-6-0-2) on Sunday.
The Rebels edged the visiting Swift Current Broncos 2-1 on Saturday night for their second win over their last three games, moving them into fourth place in the Central Division. The Rebels’ penalty killing unit is operating at 84.1% efficiency on home ice.
The Raiders skated to a 4-3 win in overtime over the Oil Kings in Edmonton on Saturday night for their second win in as many nights, and currently hold a comfortable nine-point lead for first place in the East Division. Winther has four goals and eight points over his last five games.
In Vancouver, B.C., Brett Kulak and the Vancouver Giants (7-14-0-0) welcome Adam Kambeitz and the Saskatoon Blades (9-10-0-1) on Sunday.
The Giants suffered a 6-5 defeat in Everett to the Silvertips on Saturday night, putting a stop to a two-game win streak, and remain in fifth place in the B.C. Division. Kulak scored and chipped in an assist on Saturday night in Everett.
The Blades are coming off a 4-0 shutout win over the Cougars in Prince George on Friday night for their seventh road win of the season, and currently sit in sixth place in the East Division. The Blades’ penalty killing unit is functioning at an 86.2% success rate on the road.