WEDNESDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSWed Jan 30
PATS HOST WARRIORS – Chandler Stephenson and the Regina Pats (18-27-3-2) welcome Sam Fioretti and the Moose Jaw Warriors (16-26-3-6) for a match-up between East Division rivals in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday.
The Pats are coming off a 3-1 loss to the visiting Kootenay Ice on Saturday night for their seventh consecutive setback, and currently sit ties with the Warriors for 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The Pats are 11-12-2 on home ice this season. Stephenson has three points over his last two outings.
The Warriors are coming off a 5-0 loss to the Blades in Saskatoon on Sunday, putting a halt to a modest two-game win streak. The Warriors are 8-16-1-2 away from home this season. Fioretti leads the Warriors in scoring with 25 goals and 50 points.
It’s the fourth meeting of the season between the Pats and Warriors. The Pats took two of the first three encounters, including one of two meetings in Regina.
Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Ty Rattie and the Portland Winterhawks (40-7-1-2) take on Colin Smith and the Kamloops Blazers (33-14-2-3) for a battle between two top Western Conference clubs.
The Winterhawks shut out the Silvertips 6-0 in Everett on Tuesday night for their third straight shutout victory, and clinched a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Hawks have put up a franchise record 10 shutout wins this season.
The Blazers are coming off a thrilling 6-5 overtime win versus the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Monday for their third straight victory, and currently sit in third place in the Western Conference. Smith leads the Blazers with 33 goals and 79 points this season.
In Edmonton, AB, Griffin Reinhart and the Edmonton Oil Kings (35-11-2-3) host Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice (23-25-2-0) for a Central Division match-up on Wednesday.
The Oil Kings are coming off Sunday’s 7-1 thrashing of the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes for their fifth consecutive triumph, and currently hold a five-point lead over Calgary for first place in the Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings have surrendered a WHL-low 109 goals this season.
The Ice pulled off a 3-1 win in Regina over the Pats on Saturday night, improving them to 13-1-1 over their last 15 games, and currently sit just three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Reinhart has piled up 12 goals and 10 assists on his current 13-game point streak.
In Brandon, MB, Ryan Pulock and the Brandon Wheat Kings (18-29-2-2) host Josh Nicholls and the Saskatoon Blades (24-21-0-3) for another East Division clash on Wednesday.
The Wheat Kings dropped a 5-0 decision to the Hitmen in Calgary on Sunday for their second loss in as many nights, and currently sit in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The Wheat Kings have lost starting goaltender Corbin Boes indefinitely to an injury.
The Blades posted a 5-0 shutout victory over the Warriors in Moose Jaw on Sunday for their third win in five games, and currently hold down the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Nicholls leads the Blades with 32 goals and 56 points.
In Swift Current, SK, Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos (24-21-3-2) take on Cody Sylvester and the Calgary Hitmen (33-13-1-3) on Wednesday.
The Broncos are coming off a 5-2 loss to the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday, snapping a seven-game winning streak, and remain in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Broncos own the WHL’s No. 2-ranked power play and the No. 4-ranked penalty killing unit.
The Hitmen downed the Tigers 3-2 in Medicine Hat on Tuesday night for their second win in a row, and currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference. Sylvester netted his team-leading 26th goal of the season on Tuesday in Medicine Hat.
In Kennewick, WA, Justin Feser and the Tri-City Americans (28-19-1-2) welcome Chase Witala and the Prince George Cougars (15-29-2-4) on Wednesday night.
The Americans were blasted 7-0 by the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Saturday night for their second straight setback, and currently sit in fifth place in the Western Conference. Feser, the Ams’ leading scorer, has 313 points in 329 career regular-season games for Tri-Cities.
The Cougars fell 6-1 to the Seattle Thunderbirds in Kent, WA, on Tuesday night for their fourth setback in five games, and dropped six points back of the T-Birds for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Cougars have managed just one win over their last 14 road games.
In Vancouver, B.C., Jackson Houck and the Vancouver Giants (12-38-0-0) host Mark McNeill and the Prince Albert Raiders (29-17-1-3) on Wednesday.
The Giants are coming off back-to-back losses to the Royals in Victoria this weekend, stretching their losing skid to six games, and remain in 12th place in the Western Conference. Eight of Vancouver’s 12 wins this season have come at home.
The Raiders posted a 6-5 shootout win in Victoria on Tuesday night, improving them to 2-2 through four games of a B.C. Division tour, and remain in first place in the East Division. McNeill leads the Raiders with 19 goals and 49 points.