WHL this Week: Looking Ahead …

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Cory Flett

Calgary, AB – The 2011-12 WHL regular season enters its third weekend of play in November with 23 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

AROUND THE RINKS THIS WEEKEND…

In Prince George, B.C., the Cougars kick off their annual Christmas Campaign on Friday night when they host the Kelowna Rockets. Fans are encouraged to bring unwrapped new toys or gifts to support their Stuff the Truck toy drive that opens the Christmas Campaign.

In Red Deer, AB, fans will be treated to a Post-Game Fireworks Show when the Rebels host the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night.

In Kent, WA, the Seattle Thunderbirds host the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday night, and one lucky female fan will have the chance to take home a turkey for Thanksgiving in the Turkey Shootout.

In Vancouver, B.C., the Giants will be sporting their popular Silver and Black Jerseys for Friday night’s game versus the visiting Victoria Royals. The jerseys are synonymous with the Giants’ run to the 2006 WHL Championship and their trip to the MasterCard Memorial Cup in Moncton, NB.

2011 SUBWAY® SUPER SERIES CONCLUDES THURSDAY NIGHT…

The 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series concludes on Thursday night with Team WHL hosting Russia for the sixth and final game of the series at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, SK.

Thursday’s 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series finale between Team WHL and Russia can be seen on Rogers Sportsnet (7:00pm CT).

For complete coverage of the 2011 SUBWAY® Super Series, CLICK HERE

NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING RELEASES FALL PRELIMINARY RANKINGS…

Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray tops the WHL list as NHL’s Central Scouting bureau on Thursday released its preliminary rankings of North American players eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Murray is the first of five defensemen who make up the Top 5 WHL skaters in the preliminary rankings. Moose Jaw Warriors’ smooth-skating rearguard Morgan Rielly comes in at No. 2 and thrilling Red Deer Rebels defensmena Mathew Dumba comes in at No. 3 on the list. Portland’s Derrick Pouliot and Edmonton’s Griffin Reinhart round out the Top 5 in the rankings.

For the NHL Central Scouting fall preliminary rankings for North American players, CLICK HERE

SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS ANNOUNCE NEW GOVERNOR…

Swift Current, SK – The Swift Current Broncos’ Board of Directors has announced that Ben Wiebe has stepped down as Governor, but will still remain actively on the Board as a Director. Al Stewart will take on the role as the Board of Directors’ new Governor, while Mark Lamb has been named Alternate Governor.

For more, CLICK HERE.

34 WHL PLAYERS TO SUIT UP IN WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE…

Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 34 WHL players will suit up in the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in December and January as the rosters for Team West and Team Pacific were announced on Tuesday.

Alex Forsberg of the Prince George Cougars is among 12 WHL players were selected to represent Team West at the tournament, while Eric Comrie of the Tri-City Americans is among 22 players named to the roster for Team Pacific.

For the Team West roster, CLICK HERE. For the Team Pacific roster, CLICK HERE.

FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW

Mark Stone and the Brandon Wheat Kings host Emerson Etem and the Medicine Hat Tigers for a battle between two offensive powerhouses in Western Hockey League action on Friday.

Friday’s contest between the Wheat Kings and Tigers can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:30pm CT).

The Wheat Kings head into Friday’s contest having won three straight games, and currently sit in second place in the East Division standings, only one point back of Saskatoon. Brandon’s offense has produced a WHL leading 93 goals, while the team also boasts the WHL’s best power play. Stone currently leads the WHL in scoring with 46 points.

The Tigers are coming off last Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the visiting Saskatoon Blades for their second straight setback, but currently sit tied for first place in the Central Division. The Tigers have scored 87 goals this season, which is second only to the Wheat Kings. Etem leads all WHL players with 25 goals through his first 21 games.

It’s the third meeting of the season between the Tigers and Wheat Kings. The Tigers won both previous encounters with Brandon this season.

SHAW will broadcast 32 WHL games during the 2011-12 WHL regular season. For the entire WHL on SHAW broadcast schedule, click HERE

KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UPS…

Kamloops Blazers @ Tri-City Americans

Saturday, November 19th

Justin Feser and the Tri-City Americans host Colin Smith and the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday night for a match-up between two top Western Conference clubs.

The Americans skated to a 7-3 victory in Lethbridge over the Hurricanes last Saturday to wrap up their four-game eastern road trip with a perfect 4-0 record, and currently sit in first place in the U.S. Division. The Americans have outscored their opponents 23-12 over the course of a current five-game winning streak. Feser ranks second on the Ams in scoring with 22 points.

The Blazers are coming off a 5-2 win over the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings last Saturday, stopping a two-game losing skid, and currently trail Vancouver by one point for first place in the B.C. Division. The Blazers are an impressive 6-2 on the road this season. Smith leads the Blazers in scoring with 11 goals and 23 points.

It’s the first meeting of the season between the Ams and Blazers. The Ams won three of four meetings versus the Blazers last season, and are 7-1 in their last eight meetings versus Kamloops in Kennewick, WA.

The Americans are in Kent, WA to face the Seattle Thunderbirds while the Blazers are in Spokane to meet the Chiefs on Friday before Saturday’s head-to-head meeting.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Nov. 18 – Nov. 20

All times local

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Friday, Nov. 18

Medicine Hat @ Brandon; 7:30 **Live on SHAW**

Prince Albert @ Edmonton; 7:00

Portland @ Everett; 7:35

Red Deer @ Lethbridge; 7:00

Kelowna @ Prince George; 7:00

Tri-City @ Seattle; 7:35

Kamloops @ Spokane; 7:05

Moose Jaw @ Swift Current; 7:00

Victoria @ Vancouver; 7:30

Saturday, Nov. 19

Prince Albert @ Calgary; 7:00

Vancouver @ Everett; 7:05

Edmonton @ Lethbridge; 7:00

Medicine Hat @ Moose Jaw; 7:00

Kelowna @ Prince George; 7:00

Saskatoon @ Red Deer; 7:30

Portland @ Seattle; 7:05

Regina @ Spokane; 7:05

Brandon @ Swift Current; 7:00

Kamloops @ Tri-City; 7:05

Kootenay @ Victoria; 7:05

Sunday, Nov. 20

Saskatoon @ Calgary; 2:00

Brandon @ Moose Jaw; 7:00

Kootenay @ Vancouver; 5:00

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