WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAWDec 05, 2012 - 07:56 MST
ROYALS HOST GIANTS LIVE ON SHAW – Brandon Magee and the Victoria Royals (15-12-0-1) welcome Brett Kulak and the Vancouver Giants (7-20-0-0) for a battle between B.C. Division rivals in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.
Wednesday’s match-up between the Giants and Royals can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm PST).
The Royals managed back-to-back wins over the Cougars in Prince George on the weekend, skating to a 2-0 shutout victory on Friday before winning 4-3 on Saturday, and currently occupy third place in the B.C. Division. The Royals are 9-4-0-1 at home this season. Magee has three goals in four games versus Vancouver this season.
The Giants were edged 4-3 by the visiting Tri-City Americans on Saturday night for their seventh loss in a row, and remain in fifth place in the B.C. Division. The Giants’ power play has struggled on the road, going 2-for-36 through 12 road games. Kulak (4g-11a) ranks fourth on the Giants in scoring with 15 points this season.
It’s the fifth meeting of the season between the Royals and Giants. The Royals won the first three encounters, but the Giants won the last clash.
Elsewhere in WHL action on Wednesday, it’s Jordan Eberle night in Regina, SK, as the Morgan Klimchuk and the Regina Pats (11-15-2-2) host Conner Bleackley and the Red Deer Rebels (17-11-1-1).
The Pats are coming off Sunday’s 8-2 loss to the visiting Prince Albert Raiders for their fourth straight setback, and currently sit in fifth place in the East Division. The Pats will retire Jordan Eberle’s jersey in a special ceremony before the contest. Eberle played four seasons with the Pats from 2006-10, netting 155 goals and 310 points while earning WHL and CHL Player of the Year in 2010.
The Rebels shut down the visiting Saskatoon Blades 3-0 on Saturday night to stretch their winning streak to seven games, and have climbed to fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Rebels have allowed one or fewer goals in six of their last seven games.
In Saskatoon, SK, Matt Revel and the Saskatoon Blades (13-13-0-1) welcome Mike Aviani and the Spokane Chiefs (20-7-1-0) on Wednesday.
The Blades were blanked 3-0 in Red Deer on Saturday after having shut out the Hitmen 4-0 in Calgary on Friday night, and currently sit in fourth place in the East Division. The Blades have won just three of their first nine home games.
The Chiefs skated to a 7-4 win over the Raiders in Prince Albert on Tuesday night to open an East Division road trip, and have won four straight games. Aviani scored a hat trick as part of a four-point outing on Tuesday night.
In Lethbridge, AB, Jaimen Yakubowski and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (14-14-1-3) take on Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings (18-5-2-3) for the second straight meeting between the Central Division combatants on Wednesday.
The Hurricanes fell 4-3 in Edmonton on Sunday for their second straight defeat and their eighth loss in nine games, and currently sit in fourth place in the division. Yakubowski, the current Denny’s WHL Player of the Week, has piled up six goals and nine points over his last five games.
The Oil Kings improved to 7-0-1-1 over their last nine games with Sunday’s win over the visiting Hurricanes, and currently share first place in the Central Division with Calgary. Goaltender Laurent Brossoit and defenceman Griffin Reinhart were both invited to attend Hockey Canada’s national junior team selection camp.
In Kelowna, B.C., Colton Sissons and the Kelowna Rockets (17-9-1-1) host Coda Gordon and the Swift Current Broncos (12-14-3-2) on Wednesday.
The Rockets dropped a 4-2 decision to the Seattle Thunderbirds in Kent, WA, on Saturday night, snapping a five-game winning streak, and currently sit in second place in the B.C. Division. Sissons will attend Canada’s national junior team selection camp next week in Calgary.
The Broncos suffered a 2-1 loss to the Blazers in Kamloops on Tuesday night, giving up the last two goals over the final two minutes of the third period, but remain in second place in the East Division. The Broncos are 5-7-1-1 on the road this season.