WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAWWed Jan 9
WARRIORS TAKE ON HITMEN LIVE ON SHAW – Sam Fioretti and the Moose Jaw Warriors (14-21-3-4) welcome Brady Brassart and the Calgary Hitmen (28-10-1-3) in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s match-up between the Warriors and Hitmen can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm CT).
The Warriors are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Lethbridge on Sunday for their fourth straight setback, and currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The Warriors have been outscored 19-6 over their last four outings. Fioretti leads the Warriors in scoring this season with 19 goals and 38 points.
The Hitmen skated to a 7-2 win in Brandon over the Wheat Kings on Tuesday for their fourth consecutive triumph, and leapfrogged Edmonton into first place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Hitmen have scored 28 goals over their last four games. Calgary boasts an impressive 14-2-0-1 mark on the road this season.
It’s the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Hitmen and Warriors. The Hitmen won all three previous meetings versus Moose Jaw, including a 6-1 victory in Calgary last Friday.
In other WHL action on Wednesday, Colin Smith and the Kamloops Blazers (28-10-2-2) welcome Justin Feser and the Tri-City Americans (22-15-1-2).
The Blazers downed the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 6-1 on Friday night for their third straight victory, and currently sit tied with Kelowna for first place in the B.C. Division. The Blazers are 16-2-1-1 on home ice this season.
The Americans split a pair of games in Victoria versus the Royals on the weekend, winning 3-2 in overtime on Friday before losing 5-2 on Saturday, and currently sit in third place in the U.S. Division. Feser has 21 goals this season to lead the Ams in that department.
In Kelowna, B.C., Myles Bell and the Kelowna Rockets (29-10-1-1) host Brandon Magee and the Victoria Royals (20-15-1-2) for a B.C. Division tilt on Wednesday.
The Rockets posted back-to-back wins over the Prince George Cougars on the weekend, stretching their winning streak to six games, and currently share top spot in the B.C. Division. The Rockets boast a solid 22-4-0 record since the end of October.
The Royals skated to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Tri-City Americans on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing skid, and currently occupy sixth place in the Western Conference. The Royals are 7-10-0-1 on the road this season.
In Lethbridge, AB, Jaimen Yakubowski and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (20-18-1-5) take on Brett Kulak and the Vancouver Giants (11-31-0-0) on Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes posted a 4-1 victory over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Sunday after having lost their previous two games, and currently hold down fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The ‘Canes sent 17-year-old forward Jay Merkley to the Swift Current Broncos on Monday in exchange for 19-year-old Josh Derko and a Bantam Draft pick.
The Giants were shut out 4-0 in Medicine Hat by the Tigers on Tuesday for their third loss in a row on their Central Division tour, and remain in 10th place in the Western Conference. The Giants have surrendered 18 goals on their current road trip.
In Portland, OR, Paul Bittner and the Portland Winterhawks (34-5-1-0) host Troy Bourke and the Prince George Cougars (12-23-1-4) for the second night in a row on Wednesday.
The Hawks skated to a 6-4 victory over the Cougars on Tuesday night for their 11th straight triumph, and currently hold a nine-point lead for first place in the WHL standings. Bittner has scored the game-winning goal in each of the Hawks’ last four games.
The Cougars saw their losing skid hit six games with Tuesday’s defeat to the Winterhawks, and currently sit in ninth place in the Western Conference. Bourke got his seventh goal of the season on Tuesday night versus the Hawks.
In Prince Albert, SK, Josh Morrissey and the Prince Albert Raiders (24-14-0-3) host Morgan Klimchuk and the Regina Pats (18-21-2-2) for a battle between East Division rivals on Wednesday.
The Raiders are coming off Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the visiting Pats for their third straight defeat, but remain in first place in the East Division. The Raiders have allowed 16 goals over their three-game losing skid.
The Pats managed a 3-1 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday for their fifth straight victory, and currently sit just one point behind Medicine Hat and Swift Current for a share of seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Klimchuk has five goals and 11 points over his last seven outings.
In Spokane, WA, Liam Stewart and the Spokane Chiefs (26-13-1-0) host Branden Troock and the Seattle Thunderbirds (16-22-2-1) for the second straight meeting between the U.S. Division rivals.
The Chiefs edged the Thunderbirds 4-3 in Kent, WA, on Tuesday night for their second win in a row, and currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. Stewart netted the game-winner in Tuesday’s contest, snapping a 10-game goalless drought.
The Thunderbirds slumped to their 11th straight setback with Tuesday’s loss to the Chiefs, but remain in seventh place in the Western Conference. Troock scored on Tuesday for his first goal since returning from injury.
In Swift Current, SK, Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos (18-20-3-2) host Turner Elson and the Red Deer Rebels (23-17-2-2) on Wednesday.
The Broncos edged the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shootout in Lethbridge on Saturday night, putting a stop to a three-game losing skid, and currently share seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Lowry ranks seventh in the WHL scoring race with 56 points this season.
The Rebels dropped a 3-2 decision to the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook on Saturday night for their fifth loss over their last six games, but remain in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Elson has scored in each of his last three games.