TUESDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAWNov 20, 2012 - 08:21 MST
ROYALS WELCOME BLADES LIVE ON SHAW – Brandon Magee and the Victoria Royals (11-11-0-0) host Shane McColgan and the Saskatoon Blades (10-10-0-1) in one of five Western Hockey League contests on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s match-up between the Royals and Blades can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm PST).
The Royals are coming off a 3-2 setback to the visiting Regina Pats on Saturday night after having won their previous two outings, and currently sit in third place in the B.C. Division. The Royals are 7-3 on home ice this season. Magee is tied for the team lead with nine goals this season.
The Blades skated to a 5-2 win over the Giants in Vancouver on Sunday for their second straight victory to kick off their B.C. Division tour, and currently sit in sixth place in the East Division. Eight of the Blades’ 10 wins this season have come on the road. McColgan has netted four goals and 13 points over his last nine outings.
It’s the only meeting of the season between the Blades and Royals. The Blades took last year’s lone encounter with a 9-6 win over the Royals in Saskatoon on January 21st.
Elsewhere on Tuesday night, Michael St. Croix and the Edmonton Oil Kings (13-5-2-2) take on Graham Black and the Swift Current Broncos (9-11-3-2).
The Oil Kings dropped a 4-3 decision in overtime to the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday night in Edmonton, snapping a mini two-game win streak, and currently sit one point back of Calgary for first place in the Central Division. St. Croix has 259 points in 230 career regular-season games for Edmonton.
The Broncos were doubled up 4-2 in Calgary by the Hitmen on Sunday for their second loss in a row on their Alberta road trip, and currently sit tied with Brandon for second place in the East Division. Black boasts a team-leading 12 goals this season.
In Lethbridge, AB, Russ Maxwell and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (13-10-1-1) welcome Victor Rask and the Calgary Hitmen (14-5-1-2) for the first of back-to-back meetings between the Central Division rivals.
The Hurricanes suffered a 5-3 loss to the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday for their second straight setback, and currently sit three points back of Calgary for top spot in the Central Division. Maxwell, the team’s leading goal scorer, hasn’t gone more than two games without scoring since the end of September.
The Hitmen downed Swift Current 4-2 on Sunday in Calgary for their sixth win over their last seven games, and currently sit just one point back of Prince Albert for first place in the Eastern Conference. Rask made his season debut on Sunday, drawing an assist, after starting the season in the AHL.
In Medicine Hat, AB, Curtis Valk and the Medicine Hat Tigers (11-13-1-0) take on Matt Dumba and the Red Deer Rebels (12-11-1-1) for another Central Division match-up on Tuesday.
The Tigers were edged 2-1 by the Silvertips in Everett on Sunday for their fourth consecutive setback, and have dropped to fifth place in the Central Division. The Tigers’ power play is operating at 27.1% efficiency on home ice this season.
The Rebels skated to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday night for their second win in a row and their third victory in four games, and currently occupy fourth place in the Central Division. Red Deer is 7-7-0-1 on the road this season.
In Prince George, B.C., Colin Jacobs and the Prince George Cougars (7-11-1-3) welcome Morgan Klimchuk and the Regina Pats (10-12-1-1) on Tuesday night.
The Cougars suffered their seventh consecutive setback with a 5-4 shootout loss in Kamloops on Saturday night, and remain in fourth place in the B.C. Division. Three of the Cougars’ last seven defeats have come in a shootout.
The Pats edged the Royals 3-2 in Victoria on Saturday night to improve to 1-0-0-1 over the first two games of a B.C. road trip, and currently share fourth place in the East Division. Klimchuk has racked up five goals and 11 points on a current six-game point streak.