WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAWDec 12, 2012 - 08:30 MST
OIL KINGS TAKE ON BLAZERS LIVE ON SHAW – Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings (19-7-2-3) take on Colin Smith and the Kamloops Blazers (25-7-1-2) in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday night.
Wednesday’s match-up between the Oil Kings and Blazers can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm MST).
The Oil Kings split a weekend home-and-home series versus Central Division rival the Calgary Hitmen, losing at home on Friday before winning in Calgary on Saturday, and currently trail the Hitmen by one point for the Central Division lead. Friday’s defeat to the Hitmen was just the third regulation loss for the Oil Kings at home this season. Lazar has five goals in four games through December after going goalless through November.
The Blazers are coming off a 3-2 shootout win in Calgary over the Hitmen on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory, and currently own first place in the overall WHL standings. Smith scored his WHL-leading 24th and 25th goals of the season in Calgary on Tuesday. The Blazers have given up just four goals over their last four games.
It’s the third meeting of the season between the Oil Kings and Blazers. The Blazers downed the Oil Kings 5-4 in a shootout in Edmonton on October 17th in the first meeting, but the Oil Kings edged the Blazers 2-1 in Kamloops on November 6th in the most recent clash.
In Moose Jaw, SK, Sam Fioretti and the Moose Jaw Warriors (12-14-3-4) take on Matej Stransky and the Saskatoon Blades (16-14-0-1) for an East Division battle on Wednesday.
The Warriors edged the visiting Spokane Chiefs 4-3 on Saturday in Moose Jaw, ending a two-game losing skid, and currently sit in fourth place in the East Division standings. The Warriors are 7-4-2-2 on home ice this season.
The Blades managed a 7-5 victory in Brandon over the Wheat Kings on Tuesday for their third straight win, and currently own a share of second place in the East Division. Stransky has racked up six goals and 11 points over his last four games.
In Red Deer, AB, Tyson Ness and the Red Deer Rebels (19-11-2-1) host Cody Sylvester and the Calgary Hitmen (20-7-1-3) for a match-up between Central Division rivals on Wednesday.
The Rebels dropped a 5-4 decision in overtime to the Wheat Kings in Brandon on Saturday, putting a halt to a nine-game winning streak, and currently sit in third place in the Central Division, just three points back of Calgary. The Rebels have won their last seven games at home.
The Hitmen fell 3-2 in a shootout to the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday night for their second straight defeat, but moved into first place in the Central Division with the point gained from the shootout loss. Sylvester has six goals through four games versus Red Deer this season.