SUNDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSSun Dec 30
PATS HOST BLADES – Lane Scheidl and the Regina Pats (14-21-2-2) welcome Matej Stransky and the Saskatoon Blades (19-17-0-1) for a match-up between East Division combatants in Western Hockey League action on Sunday.
The Pats came away with a 5-1 win over the Warriors in Moose Jaw on Saturday night for their second road win in a row, and currently sit in fifth place in the division. The Pats are 8-8-2 on home ice this season. Scheidl leads the Pats in goals with 19 and points with 43 this season.
The Blades suffered a 4-2 loss to the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday night for their second straight setback to the Raiders, and remain tied for second place in the East Division. The Blades are 13-9-0-1 on the road this season, but have lost their last two road games. Stransky scored his 22nd goal of the season on Saturday versus the Raiders.
It’s the fifth meeting of the season between the Blades and Pats. The Blades won all four previous meetings versus Regina this season.
Elsewhere on Sunday, JT Barnett and the Kelowna Rockets (25-10-1-1) host Josh Winquist and the Everett Silvertips (15-22-0-2).
The Rockets skated to a 5-3 win over the Giants in Vancouver on Friday night for their second straight win following the Christmas break, and currently sit just four points back of Kamloops for first place in the B.C. Division. Barnett, a former Silvertip, has seven goals and nine points in 16 games for the Rockets this season.
The Silvertips swept a home-and-home series versus Seattle this weekend, winning 2-1 in Kent on Friday before posting a 2-1 overtime win at home on Saturday. Goaltender Austin Lotz stopped 72 of 74 shots he faced over the two wins against Seattle.
In Red Deer, AB, Turner Elson and the Red Deer Rebels (22-14-2-1) welcome Eric Roy and the Brandon Wheat Kings (13-20-2-2) on Sunday.
The Rebels fell 6-1 to the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday in the back half of a home-and-home series between the teams after winning 5-3 in Edmonton on Thursday. The Rebels own the WHL’s 19th-ranked power play and the third-ranked penalty killing unit.
The Wheat Kings dropped a 4-3 decision to the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday in their return to action following the break, and currently sit in sixth place in the East Division. The Wheat Kings have won just six of their 19 road games this season.
In Vancouver, B.C., Jackson Houck and the Vancouver Giants (9-27-0-0) take on Chase Witala and the Prince George Cougars (12-19-1-4) for a B.C. Division tilt on Sunday.
The Giants suffered a 9-5 loss to the Blazers in Kamloops on Saturday night for their second loss in as many nights and fourth loss in a row. Houck scored a hat trick on Saturday versus the Blazers for his first multi-goal game of his WHL career.
The Cougars are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Royals in Victoria on Saturday for their second loss in as many nights to the Royals. Witala was in on all three Cougars’ goals on Saturday, scoring twice and assisting on the third.