TUESDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSTue Jan 22
WHEAT KINGS HOST BLADES – Jayce Hawryluk and the Brandon Wheat Kings (17-26-2-2) take on Josh Nicholls and the Saskatoon Blades (22-20-0-3) for the second of back-to-back meetings between the East Division rivals in Western Hockey League action on Tuesday.
The Wheat Kings edged the Blades 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night in Saskatoon for their third victory over their last four games, and currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. The Wheat Kings are 8-13-1-0 at home this season. Hawryluk ranks second among all 16-year-old players in scoring with 25 points this season.
The Blades suffered their fourth loss in five games with Saturday’s setback to the visiting Wheat Kings, and currently sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Blades are 13-10-0-1 on the road this season. Nicholls leads the Blades with 30 goals and 53 points this season.
It’s the fourth meeting of the season between the Blades and Wheat Kings. The Wheat Kings have won two of the first three encounters.
In Moose Jaw, SK, Brayden Point and the Moose Jaw Warriors (14-24-3-6) host Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings (31-11-2-3) on Tuesday.
The Warriors dropped a 3-2 decision in a shootout to the visiting Kootenay Ice on Saturday for their ninth straight setback, and currently sit in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The Warriors have been outscored 10-2 over two previous meetings with Edmonton this season.
The Oil Kings skated to a 6-1 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Sunday, snapping a two-game losing skid, and moved back into first place in the Eastern Conference. Lazar got his 20th goal of the season on Sunday versus the Cougars.
In Kennewick, WA, Justin Feser and the Tri-City Americans (27-17-1-2) host Justin Hickman and the Seattle Thunderbirds (18-26-2-1) for a U.S. Division match-up on Tuesday.
The Americans edged the Chiefs 4-3 in overtime in Spokane on Saturday night for their fourth victory over their last five games, and currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference. The Americans’ power play is operating at 25.3% effectiveness on home ice this season.
The Thunderbirds posted a 6-5 shootout win over the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday for their second win in a row, and currently sit in eighth place in the Western Conference. The T-Birds have lost eight straight road games.