November 29, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The 2013-14 WHL regular season enters its final weekend of play in November with 23 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
AROUND THE RINKS…
Teddy Bear & Toque Toss season arrives this weekend in WHL arenas, with the Calgary Hitmen kicking it off at their contest on Sunday versus the Medicine Hat Tigers. Last year, the Hitmen collected 21,453 stuffed toys at their event, still short of the Canadian Hockey League record they set in 2007 when a whopping 26,919 bears rained down from the stands.
In Brandon, MB, the Wheat Kings will spread the message of safety and responsibility during the Holiday season as they help launch the Operation Red Nose Campaign at Saturday’s contest versus the Prince Albert Raiders.
In Everett, WA, the Silvertips continue their annual Christmas House Holiday Drive at Saturday’s meeting versus the Saskatoon Blades. The campaign aims to collect toys and monetary donations to support low-income families in the Snohomish County.
In Kamloops, BC, the Blazers will also be Collecting Toys to fill Christmas baskets at their context versus the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night.
In Prince George, BC, the Cougars kick off their annual Christmas Campaign this weekend, which includes a toy drive on Saturday night. The campaign is an effort to help fans Support the Prince George community during the holiday season.
In Spokane, WA, the Chiefs are encouraging fans to support their Friday Food Drive at Friday night’s game versus the Portland Winterhawks by donating canned, non-perishable food items to benefit the Salvation Army.
In Swift Current, SK, fans will be thrilled to watch several Broncos Of Old hit the ice for an Alumni game on Saturday. Former Broncos including Todd Holt, Chris Herpberger and current Broncos head coach Mark Lamb among many others will take to the ice for a scrimmage at Credit Union i-Plex.
TEAM WHL CLINCHES SUBWAY® SUPER SERIES FOR CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE…
Greg Chase of the Calgary Hitmen scored twice as Team WHL overcame a tough start to defeat Russia 4-2 in the final game of the 2013 SUBWAY Super Series on Thursday night at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, AB.
The victory sealed a series win for the Canadian Hockey League in the six-game series versus Russia. Though the CHL and Russia each won three games in the series, the CHL claimed the series victory on points with a 10-8 edge.
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ROCKETS’ SEVERSON TALKS MOVEMBER…
Damon Severson’s Kelowna Rockets, like the other 21 WHL Clubs, are taking part in Movember, the annual moustache-growing campaign to raise money and awareness for male cancers. As Severson points out, when you get 20 plus teenage boys growing moustaches, the results can be, well, mixed.
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HURRICANES TAKE ON OIL KINGS FRIDAY ON SPORTSNET
Josh Derko and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (3-20-2-2) host Henrik Samuelsson and the Edmonton Oil Kings (14-9-0-1) for a Central Division match-up in WHL action on Friday night, live on SPORTSNET (7:30pm MST; West, Pacific, ONE)
The Hurricanes have been off since dropping an 8-2 decision to the Raiders in Prince Albert last Saturday for their fourth straight setback. The Hurricanes are 1-11-2-1 at home this season. 17-year-old Tyler Wong leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 11 goals and 20 points this season.
The Oil Kings suffered an 8-3 loss to the visiting Prince George Cougars on Saturday, snapping a two-game win streak, and currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings are 8-4-0 on the road this season. Samuelsson boasts a team-leading 33 points.
It’s the second meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings. Lethbridge posted a 5-3 win in Edmonton on September 29th in the first encounter.
FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW…
Brayden Point and the Moose Jaw Warriors take on Jayce Hawryluk and the Brandon Wheat Kings for a match-up between East Division rivals on Friday night, live on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm CST).
The Warriors are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to the visiting Swift Current Broncos last Saturday for their sixth setback in seven games, and currently sit in sixth place in the East Division. The Warriors’ power play is operating at 24.7% efficiency at home this season. Point shares the team lead with nine goals.
The Wheat Kings suffered back-to-back defeats to the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook, B.C., last weekend, and have dropped three straight overall. Brandon’s penalty killing unit is sitting at 70.7% effectiveness on the road. Hawryluk leads the Wheat Kings with 25 points.
It’s the fifth encounter of the season between the Warriors and Wheat Kings. The Wheaties won all four previous meetings versus the Warriors this season.
SHAW will broadcast 32 WHL games during the 2013-14 WHL regular season. For the entire WHL on SHAW broadcast schedule, click HERE
KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UPS…
Portland @ Spokane
Friday, November 29th
Mitch Holmberg and the Spokane Chiefs take on Chase De Leo and the Portland Winterhawks for a match-up between U.S. Division powerhouses on Friday.
The Chiefs edged the visiting Tri-City Americans 4-3 in overtime on Saturday, improving them to 8-3-0-1 at home, and currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. The Chiefs boast two of the WHL’s top six point-getters, with Holmberg leading all WHL players in scoring with 61 points, including 27 goals, and Mike Aviani sitting sixth with 40 points.
The Winterhawks fell 5-4 in overtime to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday, snapping a two-game win streak, and sit four points ahead of the Chiefs in the Western Conference standings. Portland has scored 128 goals this season – 24 more than the next highest scoring team. Nic Petan sits second in WHL scoring with 53 points this season.
The Hawks and Chiefs have met up four times this season, with Portland winning all four meetings.
Calgary @ Swift Current
Friday, November 29th
In Swift Current, SK, Coda Gordon and the Swift Current Broncos take on Brady Brassart and the Calgary Hitmen for a meeting between top Eastern Conference Clubs on Friday.
The Broncos put a stop to a four-game losing skid with a 5-4 overtime victory in Moose Jaw last Saturday, and currently sit in first place in the East Division standings. Defenceman Dillon Heatherington and forward Colby Cave each suited up for Team WHL in the SUBWAY Super Series on Thursday night in Lethbridge, AB.
The Hitmen saw a three-game winning streak snapped with a 1-0 shutout loss to the visiting Everett Silvertips last Saturday in Calgary, and currently occupy fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Hitmen forward Greg Chase also played in Thursday’s SUBWAY Super Series finale in Lethbridge, scoring twice to help lead the team to the series clinching win.
It’s the third meeting of the season between the Broncos and Hitmen. Calgary won the first two meetings posting a 5-4 shootout win in Swift Current on October 9th before winning 3-2 at home on November 15th.
WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
All times local
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Friday, Nov. 29
- Kelowna @ Kamloops; 7:00
- Edmonton @ Lethbridge; 7:30 **Live on Sportsnet**
- Red Deer @ Medicine Hat; 7:30
- Brandon @ Moose Jaw; 7:00 **Live on SHAW**
- Vancouver @ Prince George; 7:00
- Prince Albert @ Regina; 7:00
- Saskatoon @ Seattle; 7:35
- Portland @ Spokane; 7:05
- Calgary @ Swift Current; 7:00
- Victoria @ Tri-City; 7:05
Saturday, Nov. 30
- Prince Albert @ Brandon; 7:30
- Saskatoon @ Everett; 7:05
- Kamloops @ Kelowna; 7:05
- Edmonton @ Kootenay; 7:00
- Vancouver @ Prince George; 7:00
- Moose Jaw @ Regina; 7:00
- Victoria @ Seattle; 7:05
- Red Deer @ Swift Current; 7:00
- Spokane @ Tri-City; 7:05
Sunday, Dec. 1
- Medicine Hat @ Calgary; 4:00
- Edmonton @ Lethbridge; 6:00
- Saskatoon @ Portland; 5:00
- Seattle @ Spokane; 5:05