WHL THIS WEEK: November 8, 2012Nov 08, 2012 - 08:37 MST
Calgary, AB – The 2012-13 WHL regular season enters its second weekend of play in November with 21 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
AROUND THE RINKS THIS WEEKEND…
In Brandon, MB, the Wheat Kings announced their Goals For Kids campaign is back. Established during the 1992-93 season, Goals for Kids sponsors pledge at least $25 for every goal the Wheat Kings score to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation.
In Saskatoon, SK, the Blades are asking fans to help them determine their Team of the 60’s. Names like Orest Kindrachuk and brothers Gerry and Herb Pinder are among the Blades’ greats of the 60’s who made big contributions in the team’s first decade.
In Spokane, WA, the Chiefs are hosting a charity game on Saturday afternoon, pitting the Police Versus the Sheriffs. Benefitting the Behind the Badge Foundation, the Spokane Police Department will take on the Sheriff’s Office in a battle of enforcers…Law enforcement, that is.
In Swift Current, SK, the Broncos celebrate Hockey Day in Swift Current on Saturday. The Broncos and the Midget AAA Legionnaires are both in action at Credit Union iPlex. Fans that attend both games are eligible to win exclusive gift packages from both teams.
In Vancouver, B.C., the Giants plan a Canadian Forces Tribute at their contest versus the Prince George Cougars on Remembrance Day Sunday.
2012 WESTERN CANADA U-16 CHALLENGE CUP RECAP…
Calgary, AB – The 2012 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup is now in the books. Team BC stormed its way to the Gold medal, downing Team Alberta 9-3 in the Championship game to end Alberta’s streak as the only Gold medalists in the event’s previous two editions.
The four-day tournament shone a spotlight on many of the best and brightest hockey talents in Western Canada, and gave fans a glimpse at many players who will become household names in the WHL over the next few years.
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GOLD MEDALIST TEAM BC ENJOY U-16 CHALLENGE CUP EXPERIENCE…
Calgary, AB -- Team BC came into the 2012 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup as the team to beat. Yet, that’s exactly what didn’t happen through the four-game tournament as the western-most province finished with a perfect 4-0 record to claim the Gold medal.
While winning the big prize was the intended goal for Team BC and its collection of future WHL stars, the experience of playing in a high-profile event while going up against the best players of their age group from across western Canada was invaluable in their development.
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2012 SUBWAY SUPER SERIES ALL EVEN HEADING INTO OHL LEG…
The 2012 SUBWAY Super Series heads to Ontario all tied up at 1-1 through the first two games of the series in Quebec.
Russia opened the series with a 6-2 victory over Team QMJHL in Blainville-Boisbriand, QC, on Monday night. The QMJHL side evened up the set at a game apiece with a 5-2 triumph over Russia in Val D’Or, QC, on Wednesday night.
Russia faces Team OHL on Thursday night in Guelph, ON, and on Monday night in Sarnia before heading west to face Team WHL in Vancouver, B.C., next Wednesday and Victoria, B.C., on Thursday.
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BLAZERS’ LIPON EARNS HUSKY WHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH…
CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that forward JC Lipon, of the Kamloops Blazers, has been named the HUSKY WHL Player of the Month for September/October.
The 19 year-old forward has had an incredible to start to the season recording 40 points in 17 games through September/October. Lipon leads all WHL goal scorers finding the net 16 times, with assists on 24 others, all while maintaining a plus minus rating of +17. He is presently amidst the WHL’s second longest point streak this season, behind teammate Colin Smith (17 games), collecting points his last 14 games played.
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AMERICANS’ FESER EARNS WEEKLY WHL HONORS…
CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today that Tri-City Americans forward Justin Feser is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.
Feser collected eight points, scoring five goals and three assists to go with a +7 rating, in three games over the past week helping the Americans to a 3-0-0-0 road record.
FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW…
Marek Tvrdon and the Vancouver Giants take on Ty Rattie and the Portland Winterhawks for a Western Conference battle on Friday night in Vancouver, B.C.
Friday’s match-up between the Giants and Winterhawks can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:30pm PT).
The Giants just came home from a five-game eastern road trip that saw them post a 2-3 record, culminating with a 9-1 loss in Kennewick to the Tri-City Americans on Sunday, and currently sit in 10th place in the Western Conference. The Giants are 3-6-0 on home ice this season. Tvrdon has scored six goals over his last six games.
The Winterhawks are coming off a 5-1 victory over the visiting Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory, and currently lead the U.S. Division. The Winterhawks have piled up 49 goals over their last nine games. Rattie is currently enjoying an 11-game point streak, having racked up 12 goals and 23 points in that span.
It’s the first meeting of the season between the Winterhawks and Giants. The Giants won three of four meetings versus the Hawks last season.
KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UP…
Kamloops Blazers @ Portland Winterhawks
Sunday, November 11
The Kamloops Blazers pay a visit to the Portland Winterhawks on Veterans Day for a match-up between top Western Conference clubs.
The Winterhawks are rolling, having won nine straight games while scoring at least five goals in each of their last eight games, and currently hold a one-point lead for first place in the U.S. Division. The Hawks own the WHL’s second-best penalty killing unit, currently operating at 89.5% efficiency.
The Blazers may have dropped two of their last three games, but remain comfortably in first place in the overall WHL standings. The Blazers have outscored their opposition 84-44 through their first 20 games this season.
Sunday marks the first meeting of the season between the Blazers and Winterhawks. Portland swept the four-game regular-season series versus Kamloops, and eliminated the Blazers in the second round of the 2012 WHL playoffs after a thrilling seven-game series.
The Winterhawks are in Vancouver on Friday night and in Spokane on Saturday while the Blazers visit Spokane on Friday and Tri-Cities on Saturday before Sunday’s head-to-head meeting.
WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Nov. 9 – Nov. 11
All times local
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Friday, Nov. 9
Lethbridge @ Brandon; 7:30
Victoria @ Calgary; 7:00
Red Deer @ Kelowna; 7:05
Moose Jaw @ Medicine Hat; 7:30
Seattle @ Prince Albert; 7:00
Edmonton @ Prince George; 7:00
Regina @ Saskatoon; 7:05
Kamloops @ Spokane; 7:05
Everett @ Tri-City; 7:05
Portland @ Vancouver; 7:30 **Live on SHAW**
Saturday, Nov. 10
Moose Jaw @ Kootenay; 7:00
Victoria @ Medicine Hat; 7:30
Edmonton @ Prince George; 7:00
Lethbridge @ Regina; 7:00
Seattle @ Saskatoon; 7:05
Portland @ Spokane; 7:05
Prince Albert @ Swift Current; 7:00
Kamloops @ Tri-City; 7:05
Sunday, Nov. 11
Swift Current @ Brandon; 5:00
Kamloops @ Portland; 5:00
Prince George @ Vancouver; 4:00