OIL KINGS HOST AMERICANS, LIVE ON SHAW & ROOT – Tristan Jarry and the Edmonton Oil Kings (35-13-0-1) take on Eric Comrie and the Tri-City Americans (25-21-2-3) for a match-up featuring two of the WHL’s top netminders on Friday night, live on SHAW (7:00pm MST) and ROOT SPORTS in the Pacific Northwest (6:00pm PST).
The Oil Kings doubled up the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2 on Tuesday afternoon, pushing their win streak to six games, and currently occupy first place in the Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings have won their last seven games at home. Jarry, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, owns a 2.35 goals-against average this season.
The Americans are coming off a 4-1 win in Calgary on Wednesday night for their fifth victory over their last six games, and currently hold down eighth place in the Western Conference. Comrie, a Winnipeg Jets prospect, made 39 saves in Wednesday’s win in Calgary, and currently owns a stellar .932 save percentage.
It’s the only meeting of the season between the Americans and Oil Kings. The Americans have won five of six all-time meetings versus the Oil Kings, including the last four.
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In other WHL action on Friday, Greg Chase and the Calgary Hitmen (31-13-3-3) host Peter Quenneville and the Brandon Wheat Kings (26-18-5-1).
The Hitmen fell 4-1 to the visiting Tri-City Americans on Wednesday for their third loss in a row, and currently sit three points back of Edmonton for first place in the Central Division and Eastern Conference. The Wheat Kings dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Rebels in Red Deer on Wednesday for their second straight setback.
In Everett, WA, Mirco Mueller and the Everett Silvertips (25-18-7-1) battle Mathew Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds (31-15-2-3) for a U.S. Division match-up.
The Silvertips have lost five straight games, including a 4-3 overtime loss to the Thunderbirds in Kent, WA, last Saturday. The Thunderbirds rolled to a 4-1 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets last Sunday for their second win in a row and ninth victory in 10 games.
In Kamloops, B.C., Chase Souto and the Kamloops Blazers (11-35-2-3) welcome Tyson Baillie and the Kelowna Rockets (40-7-0-3) for the first of two weekend meetings between the division rivals.
The Blazers suffered a 5-3 loss in Vancouver on Wednesday for their fourth straight setback, and remain in 10th place in the Western Conference. The Rockets, who have dropped three straight games, need just three points to clinch a playoff spot.
In Cranbrook, B.C., Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice (25-21-2-2) host Josh Morrissey and the Prince Albert Raiders (23-24-2-1) on Friday.
The Ice are coming off a 6-2 loss in Medicine Hat on Wednesday, snapping a four-game winning streak, and currently hold a five-point lead over the Raiders for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Raiders dropped a 3-2 decision in Lethbridge on Wednesday for their second loss in a row.
In Moose Jaw, SK, Brayden Point and the Moose Jaw Warriors (13-29-3-5) go up against Zach Pochiro and the Prince George Cougars (20-26-2-5).
The Warriors have lost seven straight games, and have managed just one victory in January. The Cougars skated to a 10-6 win in Saskatoon on Wednesday night for their second consecutive victory, and are 2-2-0 through four games of their East Division tour.
In Portland, OR, Mitch Holmberg and the Spokane Chiefs (31-15-2-2) visit Brendan Leipsic and the Portland Winterhawks (34-12-2-3) for a meeting between two red-hot U.S. Division Clubs on Friday night.
The Winterhawks stretched their winning streak to eight games with an 8-1 thrashing of the visiting Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night, and remain in first place in the U.S. Division standings. The Chiefs carry a four-game win streak into Friday’s meeting with the Winterhawks, including a 6-5 shootout win in Kelowna over the League-leading Rockets on Wednesday.
In Red Deer, AB, Conner Bleackley and the Red Deer Rebels (27-21-0-2) take on Jamal Watson and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-38-2-3) for a Central Division match-up.
The Rebels edged the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 4-3 in a shootout on Wednesday for their fifth win in a row, and have given up just seven goals over their last five games. The Hurricanes snapped an eight-game slide with a 3-2 win over the visiting Raiders on Wednesday, with rookie netminder Jonny Hogue getting his first WHL victory.
In Regina, SK, Chandler Stephenson and the Regina Pats (25-21-3-2) welcome Connor Sanvido and the Saskatoon Blades (14-34-1-3).
The Pats have dropped three of their last four games, including a 4-0 shutout loss to the visiting Red Deer Rebels in their most recent outing last Saturday. The Blades fell 10-6 to the Prince George Cougars on Wednesday, dropping them to 8-17-1 at home this season.
In Swift Current, SK, Colby Cave and the Swift Current Broncos (25-18-2-6) host Trevor Cox and the Medicine Hat Tigers (29-17-3-0) on Friday.
The Broncos look to snap a two-game losing skid, having dropped consecutive 3-2 decisions in extra time to Saskatoon and Prince Albert last weekend. The Tigers have won their last two games by a combined score of 10-2.
In Victoria, B.C., Jack Walker and the Victoria Royals (33-16-0-2) battle Cain Franson and the Vancouver Giants (25-19-5-3) for the first of back-to-back meetings between the west coast rivals.
The Royals have won three straight contests, including defeating the Giants 3-1 in Vancouver last Saturday. The Giants downed the visiting Kamloops Blazers 5-3 on Wednesday night, tying them with Everett for seventh place in the Western Conference.