SUNDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSDec 02, 2012 - 04:40 MST
PATS TAKE ON RAIDERS – Morgan Klimchuk and the Regina Pats (11-14-2-2) host Mark McNeill and the Prince Albert Raiders (19-8-0-2) for an East Division match-up in Western Hockey League action on Sunday.
The Pats dropped a 6-5 decision to the visiting Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night for their third straight defeat, and currently sit in fifth place in the East Division. The Pats are 7-4-2 on home ice this season. Klimchuk enjoyed a five-point outing on Saturday night, netting two goals and three assists, and now leads the Pats with 36 points this season.
The Raiders skated to a 5-3 win over the visiting Pats on Friday night for their fourth win over their last five games, and remain in first place in the East Division. The Raiders have won nine of their 13 road games this season. The Raiders have scored 98 goals this season, tying them for first among Eastern Conference teams.
It’s the third meeting of the season between the Pats and Raiders. The teams split the first two meetings.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Roberts Lipsbergs and the Seattle Thunderbirds (13-13-1-0) take on Colin Smith and the Kamloops Blazers (21-6-1-2).
The Thunderbirds doubled up the visiting Kelowna Rockets 4-2 on Saturday night for their fifth victory over their last eight outings, and currently sit in fourth place in the U.S. Division. Lipsbergs scored on Saturday night, giving him nine goals over his last nine games.
The Blazers dropped a 3-2 decision in a shootout to the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday after having won their previous two outings, and remain in top spot in the B.C. Division. The Blazers are 9-4-0-1 on the road this season.
In Medicine Hat, AB, Curtis Valk and the Medicine Hat Tigers (12-16-2-0) take on Jayce Hawryluk and the Brandon Wheat Kings (10-16-2-1) on Sunday.
The Tigers edged the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday, snapping an eight-game losing skid, and currently sit in fifth place in the Central Division. Valk leads the Tigers in scoring with 18 goals and 41 points.
The Wheat Kings fell 5-0 to the Broncos in Swift Current on Saturday night for their fifth loss in a row, and currently sit in sixth place in the East Division. The Wheat Kings have given up 26 goals over their last five games.
In Edmonton, AB, Michael St. Croix and the Edmonton Oil Kings (17-5-2-3) welcome Jay Merkley and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (14-13-1-3) for a Central Division battle on Sunday.
The Oil Kings blanked the visiting Kootenay Ice 2-0 on Friday night to improve to 6-0-1-1 over their last eight outings, and currently sit in first place in the Central Division. The Oil Kings haven’t suffered a regulation defeat at home since October 4th.
The Hurricanes suffered a 2-1 shootout loss in Medicine Hat on Saturday for their seventh setback over their last eight games, and currently sit in fourth place in the Central Division. The ‘Canes are 5-7-0-2 on the road this season.
In Calgary, AB, Cody Sylvester and the Calgary Hitmen (17-6-1-2) host Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice (8-16-1-0) for another Central Division clash on Sunday.
The Hitmen were shut out 4-0 by the visiting Saskatoon Blades on Friday, snapping a four-game winning streak, and currently sit in second place in the division. Sylvester leads the Hitmen with 16 goals this season.
The Ice dropped a 2-0 decision in Edmonton on Friday night for their fourth setback over their last five games, and remain in sixth place in the Central Division. The Ice have managed just two wins through nine road games this season.