TUESDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPS

Nov 27, 2012 - 02:27 MST

BLADES WELCOME HURRICANES – Josh Nicholls and the Saskatoon Blades (11-12-0-1) host Russell Maxwell and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (13-12-1-2) in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday night.

The Blades are coming off a 9-2 thrashing at the hands of the Rockets in Kelowna on Saturday night to close out a B.C. Division tour, and currently sit in a four-way tie for third place in the East Division.  The Blades have won just twice through their first eight home games this season.  Nicholls is three assists shy of 150 for his WHL career.

The Hurricanes fell 2-1 in a shootout in Red Deer to the Rebels on Friday night for their fifth consecutive setback, and currently occupy fourth place in the Central Division.  The Blades are 4-6-0-1 on the road this season.  Maxwell leads the ‘Canes with 14 goals and 26 points this season.

It’s the third meeting of the season between the Blades and Hurricanes.  The teams split the first two meetings, with both meetings contested in Lethbridge.

Elsewhere on Tuesday night, Roberts Lipsbergs and the Seattle Thunderbirds (11-12-1-0) take on Landon Oslanski and the Everett Silvertips (10-16-0-2) for a battle between U.S Division rivals.

The Thunderbirds dropped an 8-2 decision to the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Saturday for their second setback over their last three games, and remain in fourth place in the U.S. Division.  Lipsbergs has picked up four goals and three assists on his current five-game point streak.

The Silvertips are coming off Sunday’s 8-2 loss to the visiting Kelowna Rockets for their second loss over their last three contests, and currently trail Seattle by one point for fourth place in the U.S. Division.  Oslanski leads the Silvertips in scoring with 20 points this season.

In Swift Current, SK, Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos (9-12-3-2) host Eric Roy and the Brandon Wheat Kings (10-13-2-1) for the first of three consecutive meetings between the East Division rivals.

The Broncos have been idle since suffering a 2-1 setback to the Oil Kings in Edmonton last Tuesday for their third loss in a row, and currently sit tied with the Wheat Kings for third place in the division.  The Broncos own the WHL’s fourth-ranked power play and the eighth-ranked penalty killing unit.

The Wheat Kings dropped back-to-back decisions to the Prince Albert Raiders in a weekend home-and-home series, and have lost six of their last seven games.  Roy has five goals and 17 points through his first 26 games this season.

In Victoria, B.C., Steven Hodges and the Victoria Royals (13-12-0-0) take on Sam Fioretti and the Moose Jaw Warriors (8-11-3-4) on Tuesday evening.

The Royals split a pair of games versus the visiting Prince George Cougars on the weekend, losing 5-4 on Friday before winning 3-2 on Saturday, and currently sit in third place in the B.C. Division.  The Royals are 9-4-0 at home this season.

The Warriors fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Rebels in Red Deer on Saturday night for their fourth loss in a row, and have just one win over their last 10 games.  Moose Jaw has won just twice through 13 road games this season.