WHL this week: February 20th, 2014

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by Jeff Hubert

February 20, 2014, Calgary, AB (ISN) – The 2013-14 WHL regular season enters its third weekend of play in February with 23 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

AROUND THE RINKS…

In Brandon, MB, Wheat Kings fans throughout Manitoba will now be able to sport Wheat Kings’ License Plates.

In Edmonton, AB, the Oil Kings will be wearing special jerseys for Saturday’s Pink In The Rink game versus the Vancouver Giants.  The jerseys, along with pink sticks used by the players, will be auctioned off to benefit the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Canadian breast Cancer Foundation.

In Everett, WA, the Silvertips have a Big Weekend Planned with Navy Night on Friday when the Seattle Thunderbirds come to town, and Mirco Mueller Bobblehead Night on Sunday when the ‘Tips host the Portland Winterhawks.

In Medicine Hat, AB, fans have a chance to win an Autographed, Game-Worn Curtis Valk Jersey at Saturday’s contest versus the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes.  Valk is enjoying a great season for the Tigers, leading the team in scoring.

In Prince George, B.C., the Cougars will celebrate B.C. Heritage Week & Parents And Billets on the weekend.

In Kent, WA, the Seattle Thunderbirds will take part in the ever-popular annual Hockey Challenge on Saturday.  A full day of hockey awaits, including the T-Birds taking on the Kamloops Blazers and the Local Celebrity and T-Birds’ Alumni game.  Since its inception in 1998, the annual Hockey Challenge has raised more than $4.3 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska.

In Spokane, WA, the Chiefs will don special pink jerseys for their Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Saturday when the Kootenay Ice are in town. 

In Kennewick, WA, the Tri-City Americans will host the Prince Albert Raiders on a Pink Ice Sheet for their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Friday.

BLADES’ VOICE LAZARUK LOOKS BACK ON 1,500 BROADCASTS…

For nearly 20 years, Lazaruk has been the voice of the Blades.  On Saturday, February 15th, Lazaruk called his 1,500th game for the Club – a 4-1 victory over the Rebels in Red Deer, AB.  Having reached the impressive milestone, Lazaruk reflected on the many miles he’s traveled and the thousands of hours he’s spent on the air talking all things Blades.

For more, CLICK HERE

HAWKS’ LEIER CLAIMS CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS…

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Taylor Leier of the Portland Winterhawks is the CHL Player of the Week with four goals and six assists for 10 points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-4 for the week ending February 16.

Leier helped the Winterhawks pick up four wins on the road extending the club’s winning-streak to a franchise record 16 straight games helping them maintain second place in the WHL’s Western Conference standings with 89 points.

For more, CLICK HERE

ROCKETS CONTINUE TO HOLD DOWN TOP SPOT IN BMO CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS…

For the eighth consecutive week, the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets find themselves in the No. 1 spot in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings.  The Portland Winterhawks, Edmonton Oil Kings and Victoria Royals also made the Top 10 rankings while the Calgary Hitmen earned honorable mention.

For more, CLICK HERE

KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UP…
Swift Current Broncos @ Red Deer Rebels
Saturday, February 22nd   

Conner Bleackley and the Red Deer Rebels host Colby Cave and the Swift Current Broncos for a key Eastern Conference match-up on Saturday night.

The Rebels have lost three straight games, having been outscored 15-3 in the process, and currently sit tied on points with Prince Albert for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  The Rebels sit six points back of Swift Current for sixth place in the conference.  The Rebels have played one more game than the Raiders and Broncos.

The Broncos have dropped two of their last three games, but remain two points up on Brandon and six up on the Raiders and Rebels.  Swift Current has fallen four points out of first place in the East Division with their 4-5-1-0 record over their last 10 outings.  Cave has 27 goals this season.

It’s the third of four meetings this season between the Broncos and Rebels.  The teams split the first two outings, with both games being played in Swift Current.

The Rebels host Vancouver and the Broncos visit Edmonton on Friday night prior to Saturday’s head-to-head meeting.

FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW…

Haydn Fleury and the Red Deer Rebels take on Cain Franson and the Vancouver Giants in Western Hockey League action on Friday night, live on SHAW (7:00pm MST).

The Rebels are coming off a 4-1 loss to the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday for their third loss in a row and their 10th defeat in 11 games, and currently find themselves tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.  The Rebels are 12-14-0-3 on home ice this season.  Fleury has seven goals and 38 points this season.

The Giants skated to a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes in Lethbridge on Wednesday for their second straight victory, and currently occupy sixth place in the Western Conference.  The Giants have outscored their opposition 12-4 over their last two games.  Franson got his 25th goal of the season on Wednesday in Lethbridge.

It’s the second meeting of the season between the Rebels and Giants.  The Giants pulled off a 3-2 overtime win versus the visiting Rebels in the first meeting on February 4th.

SHAW will broadcast 32 WHL games during the 2013-14 WHL regular season.  For the entire WHL on SHAW broadcast schedule, click HERE

SILVERTIPS WELCOME THUNDERBIRDS ON FRIDAY, LIVE ON ROOT SPORTS…

Josh Winquist and the Everett Silvertips battle Shea Theodore and the Seattle Thunderbirds for a U.S. Division contest for Friday Night Ice, live on ROOT SPORTS (7:30pm PST).

The Silvertips are coming off losses to Spokane and Seattle last weekend, and currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference – four points up on eighth-placed Tri-Cities.  The Silvertips’ power play ranks 14th in the WHL at 20.1% efficiency.  Winquist leads the ‘Tips with 38 goals and 79 points.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a 6-4 loss to the visiting Prince George Cougars last Sunday, snapping a two-game win streak, and currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference.  Seattle has already clinched a playoff spot.  Theodore leads all WHL defencemen in scoring with 64 points in 58 games.

Friday’s clash marks the eighth meeting of the season between the ‘Tips and T-Birds.  Seattle won five of the first seven meetings, including three of four meetings in Everett.

ROOT will broadcast eight WHL contests through the end of the WHL regular season in March.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Feb. 21 – Feb. 23
All times local
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Friday, Feb. 21

  • Calgary @ Brandon; 7:30
  • Swift Current @ Edmonton; 7:00
  • Seattle @ Everett; 7:35 **Live on ROOT SPORTS**
  • Spokane @ Kootenay; 7:00
  • Medicine Hat @ Moose Jaw; 7:00
  • Kamloops @ Portland; 7:00
  • Kelowna @ Prince George; 7:00
  • Vancouver @ Red Deer; 7:00 **Live on SHAW**
  • Victoria @ Regina; 7:00
  • Prince Albert @ Tri-City; 7:05

Saturday, Feb. 22

  • Moose Jaw @ Brandon; 7:30
  • Vancouver @ Edmonton; 7:00
  • Lethbridge @ Medicine Hat; 7:30
  • Prince Albert @ Portland; 7:00
  • Kelowna @ Prince George; 7:00
  • Swift Current @ Red Deer; 7:00
  • Calgary @ Regina; 7:00
  • Victoria @ Saskatoon; 7:05
  • Kamloops @ Seattle; 6:05
  • Kootenay @ Spokane; 7:05
  • Everett @ Tri-City; 7:05

Sunday, Feb. 23

  • Portland @ Everett; 4:05
  • Kamloops @ Spokane; 5:05

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