SUNDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSSun Jan 6
HURRICANES TAKE ON WARRIORS – Sam Mckechnie and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (19-18-1-5) welcome Justin Kirsch and the Moose Jaw Warriors (14-20-3-4) in Western Hockey League action on Sunday.
The Hurricanes dropped a 3-2 decision in a shootout on Saturday to the visiting Swift Current Broncos for their second straight defeat, and currently sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The ‘Canes fell to 1-5 in games decided by shootouts with Saturday’s setback to the Broncos. Mckechnie got his 19th goal of the season on Saturday.
The Warriors are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Rebels in Red Deer on Saturday night for their third straight defeat, and currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The Warriors have been outscored 15-5 over their last three games. Kirsch netted his 13th goal of the season on Saturday night in Red Deer.
It’s the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Warriors. Lethbridge won two of the first three meetings between the teams.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Morgan Klimchuk and the Regina Pats (17-21-2-2) host Ryan Pulock and the Brandon Wheat Kings (14-23-2-2) for an East Division battle.
The Pats managed a 5-2 win over the Raiders in Prince Albert on Saturday night, stretching their win streak to four games, and currently sit just one point out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Klimchuk picked up his 20th goal of the season on Saturday.
The Wheat Kings suffered a 4-2 loss to the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night for their third loss in a row, and remain in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. The Wheat Kings have surrendered 20 goals over their last three games.
In Cranbrook, B.C., Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice (14-24-1-0) take on Matt Dumba and the Red Deer Rebels (23-16-2-2) for a match-up between Central Division rivals on Sunday.
The Ice posted a 4-1 win over the visiting Swift Current Broncos on Friday night for their fourth consecutive victory, and currently sit 10 points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Reinhart has four goals and seven points over his last four games.
The Rebels edged the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors 4-3 on Saturday in Red Deer, putting a stop to a four-game losing skid, and currently occupy fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Dumba scored the winner, a shorthanded marker, in Saturday’s victory over the Warriors.
In Calgary, AB, Cody Sylvester and the Calgary Hitmen (26-10-1-3) host Brett Kulak and the Vancouver Giants (11-29-0-0) on Sunday.
The Hitmen claimed a 6-1 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night for their second straight triumph, and currently sit three points behind the Oil Kings for top spot in the Central Division and Eastern Conference. The Hitmen have scored 16 goals over their last two games.
The Giants were shut out 5-0 in Edmonton on Saturday night for their 15th road loss of the season, and remain in 10th place in the Western Conference. Kulak is tied for third on the Giants in scoring with 22 points this season.