TUESDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSNov 06, 2012 - 02:37 MST
BLAZERS HOST OIL KINGS – Colin Smith and the Kamloops Blazers (17-1-0-1) welcome Michael St. Croix and the Edmonton Oil Kings (10-4-1-2) for a battle between two of the Western Hockey League’s top teams in WHL action on Tuesday night.
The Blazers edged the visiting Prince George Cougars 2-1 in a shootout on Friday night in Kamloops for their WHL-leading 17th win of the season, and currently sit nine points clear for first place in the overall WHL standings. The Blazers are 8-0 on home ice this season. Smith and his linemates JC Lipon and Tim Bozon have combined for 43 goals and 110 points this season.
The Oil Kings managed a 2-1 win over the Broncos in Swift Current on Saturday for their fifth win in six games, and currently sit in second place in the Central Division. Edmonton’s penalty killing unit has allowed just two power play goals on 40 opposition chances through its first six road games. St. Croix (11g-13a) leads the Oil Kings in scoring with 24 points.
It’s the second meeting of the season between the Oil Kings and Blazers. Kamloops managed a 5-4 shootout win in Edmonton on October 17th in the first meeting.
In Brandon, MB, Alessio Bertaggia and the Brandon Wheat Kings (8-7-2-1) take on Shea Theodore and the Seattle Thunderbirds (8-7-1-0) on Tuesday.
The Wheat Kings are coming off a 4-2 loss to the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Saturday for their third setback over their last four outings. Bertaggia has scored seven goals and 12 points over his last 10 games.
The Thunderbirds pulled off a 4-3 shootout win over the Warriors in Moose Jaw on Sunday, snapping a three-game losing skid, and currently sit in fourth place in the U.S. Division. Seattle’s power play is slicking at 29.6% efficiency this season.
In Portland, OR, Nick Petan and the Portland Winterhawks (12-3-1-0) host Turner Elson and the Red Deer Rebels (9-9-1-1) on Tuesday night.
The Winterhawks skated to a pair of weekend wins over the visiting Victoria Royals, winning 6-2 on both Friday and Saturday night, stretching their winning streak to eight games. The Hawks have scored at least five goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Rebels fell 5-2 to the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, WA, on Saturday night, snapping a two-game win streak, and currently occupy fifth place in the Central Division. Elson has scored in each of his last three games.
In Spokane, WA, Todd Fiddler and the Spokane Chiefs (12-6-0-0) take on Ryan Murray and the Everett Silvertips (6-11-0-2) for the second straight meeting between the U.S Division rivals.
The Chiefs shut out the visiting Silvertips 5-0 on Saturday night for their third victory over their last four games, and currently sit in third place in the U.S. Division. Fiddler has three goals and five points in two games versus Everett this season.
The Silvertips saw their losing skid hit five games with Saturday’s loss in Spokane, and currently sit in fifth place in the U.S. Division. Murray (2g-15a) leads the Silvertips in scoring with 17 points this season.