WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAWNov 07, 2012 - 08:33 MST
ROCKETS HOST OIL KINGS LIVE ON SHAW – Colton Sissons and the Kelowna Rockets (10-6-1-1) welcome Henrik Samuelsson and the Edmonton Oil Kings (11-4-1-2) for a battle between two of the hottest teams in the WHL on Wednesday night.
Wednesday’s match-up between the Oil Kings and Rockets can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm PT).
The Rockets are coming off a 5-0 victory over the visiting Prince George Cougars on Saturday for their second straight shutout win and their sixth win over their last eight games, and currently sit in second place in the B.C. Division. The Rockets have allowed just four goals over their last six victories. Sissons shares the team lead with nine goals this season.
The Oil Kings edged the Blazers 2-1 in Kamloops on Tuesday night for their second straight victory and their sixth win in seven games, and currently share first place in the Central Division with Calgary. Edmonton has given up just eight power play goals on 95 opposition chances this season. Samuelsson scored his 10th goal of the season on Tuesday in Kamloops.
It’s the second meeting of the season between the Oil Kings and Rockets. The Oil Kings skated to a 5-3 win over the visiting Rockets in Edmonton on October 27th in the first meeting.
In other WHL action on Wednesday, Brooks Macek and the Calgary Hitmen (11-4-1-2) host Brayden Point and the Moose Jaw Warriors (7-7-3-2) for the second straight meeting between the teams.
The Hitmen edged the Warriors 2-1 in overtime in Moose Jaw on Sunday to complete a sweep of a three-day weekend tour in the East Division, and currently occupy a share of first place in the Central Division. Macek leads the Hitmen in scoring with 10 goals and 25 points this season.
The Warriors saw their losing skid hit five games with Sunday’s overtime setback to the visiting Hitmen, and currently sit tied for third place in the East Division. The Warriors have won just one of their first eight road games.
In Everett, WA, Ryan Murray and the Everett Silvertips (6-12-0-2) host Matt Dumba and the Red Deer Rebels (9-10-1-1) on Wednesday night.
The Silvertips were shut out 4-0 in Spokane on Tuesday night for their sixth straight defeat and second straight shutout loss to Spokane, and remain in fifth place in the U.S. Division. The Silvertips have managed just eight goals over their last six games.
The Rebels dropped a 5-1 decision in Portland to the Winterhawks on Tuesday night for their second straight setback, and currently sit in fifth place in the Central Division. Dumba has just one goal and five points over his last 12 games.
In Lethbridge, AB, Jay Merkley and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-7-1-1) take on Steven Hodges and the Victoria Royals (9-8-0-0) on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes managed a 5-4 shootout victory over the visiting Saskatoon Blades on Saturday, improving to 8-2-1-1 over their last 12 outings, and currently sit in third place in the Central Division. Goaltender Ty Rimmer has appeared in all 19 games for Lethbridge this season.
The Royals suffered back-to-back 6-2 losses to the Winterhawks in Portland on Friday and Saturday, stretching their losing skid to four games. The Royals are 3-6-0 on the road this season, and have lost five straight away from home.
In Prince Albert, SK, Josh Morrissey and the Prince Albert Raiders (11-5-0-2) take on Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos (7-8-3-2) for an East Division battle on Wednesday.
The Raiders saw a three-game win streak come to an end with a 4-1 loss in Regina on Saturday night, but remain in first place in the East Division. Morrissey is tied for second on the Raiders in scoring with 14 points this season.
The Broncos dropped a 2-1 decision to the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday for their third setback over their last four games, and currently sit tied for third place in the East Division. Lowry has two goals and six points over his last five games.
In Regina, SK, Colton Jobke and the Regina Pats (7-11-1-0) host Luke Lockhart and the Seattle Thunderbirds (8-8-1-0) on Wednesday.
The Pats posted a 4-1 win over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday to snap a four-game losing skid, and currently sit tied for fifth place in the East Division. The Pats are 5-4-1 at home this season.
The Thunderbirds dropped a 5-3 decision to the Wheat Kings in Brandon on Tuesday, leaving them at 1-3 through four games of their current road trip. Lockhart scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season on Tuesday in Brandon.