TUESDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSTue Jan 8
ICE HOST OIL KINGS – Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice (15-24-1-0) host Dylan Wruck and the Edmonton Oil Kings (27-8-2-3) for a match-up between two Central Division clubs looking to keep their win streaks alive in WHL action on Tuesday night.
The Ice are coming off a 3-2 victory over the visiting Red Deer Rebels on Sunday for their fifth consecutive win, and currently sit nine points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Kootenay is 11-12-1-0 on home ice this season. Reinhart has goals in each of his last three games, and five goals over his last five outings.
The Oil Kings blanked the visiting Vancouver Giants 5-0 on Saturday for their fourth win in a row and second straight shutout victory, and remain in first place in the Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings have outscored their opponents 21-3 over their last four games. Wruck leads the Oil Kings and ranks fourth in the WHL with 37 assists this season.
It’s the fifth meeting of the season between the Ice and Oil Kings. The teams split the first four meetings, with the home team winning on each occasion.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Tim McGauley and the Brandon Wheat Kings (14-24-2-2) welcome Brooks Macek and the Calgary Hitmen (27-10-1-3).
The Wheat Kings suffered a 3-1 loss to the Pats in Regina on Sunday for their fourth straight defeat, and currently occupy 11th place in the Eastern Conference. The Wheat Kings have managed just seven goals over their last four games.
The Hitmen edged the visiting Vancouver Giants 5-4 on Sunday in Calgary for their third win in a row, and currently sit one point behind the Oil Kings for first place in the Eastern Conference. Macek had a hat trick in a 10-2 win over the Wheat Kings in Calgary on January 2nd.
In Medicine Hat, AB, Hunter Shinkaruk and the Medicine Hat Tigers (18-20-2-1) take on Jackson Houck and the Vancouver Giants (11-30-0-0) on Tuesday night.
The Tigers ended a four-game East Division tour with a 4-2 win in Brandon on Saturday night, and currently sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind Regina. Shinkaruk has three goals and seven points over his last four games.
The Giants dropped a 5-4 decision in Calgary to the Hitmen on Sunday for their second loss in a row, and remain in 10th place in the Western Conference standings. Houck leads the Giants with 25 assists and 35 points this season.
In Portland, OR, Brendan Leipsic and the Portland Winterhawks (33-5-1-0) host Troy Bourke and the Prince George Cougars (12-22-1-4) for the first of back-to-back meetings between the teams.
The Winterhawks stretched their winning streak to 10 games with a 5-3 victory over the visiting Everett Silvertips on Saturday night, and currently hold a seven-point lead for first place in the overall WHL standings. The Winterhawks boast an 18-3-0 record on home ice this season.
The Cougars are coming off a pair of weekend losses to the Kelowna Rockets, stretching their losing skid to five games, and currently sit in ninth place in the Western Conference. The Cougars have managed just four wins away from home this season.
In Kent, WA, Alex Delnov and the Seattle Thunderbirds (16-21-2-1) host Brenden Kichton and the Spokane Chiefs (25-13-1-0) for the second straight meeting between the teams.
The Thunderbirds fell 5-2 to the visiting Chiefs on Saturday night, stretching their losing streak to 10 games, and currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference. Delnov has three goals and eight points in six games versus Spokane this season.
The Chiefs snapped a three-game losing skid with Saturday’s victory over the Thunderbirds, and currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. Kichton leads all WHL defencemen in scoring with 47 points this season.