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WHL THIS WEEK: October 18, 2012

A look at the news around the WHL from the past week, and a look ahead to what WHL fans can expect at the rink this weekend

Thursday 10.18.12 / 03:10 PM

Calgary, AB – The 2012-13 WHL regular season enters its third weekend of play in October with 18 games on the schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

AROUND THE RINKS THIS WEEKEND…

In Kelowna, B.C., the Rockets will Wear Pink for Saturday’s game versus the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.  The Rockets will sport one-of-a-kind jerseys and pink skate laces in support of the team’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser.

In Portland, OR, the Winterhawks will Pink the Rink on Saturday night versus the Seattle Thunderbirds to benefit the American Cancer Society.

In Regina, SK, it’s Friday Night Lights at the Brandt Centre when the Pats take on the visiting Tri-City Americans.  A special pre-game ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of Regina football teams.

In Spokane, WA, fans can help celebrate Boomer’s Birthday when the Chiefs host the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night.

In Vancouver, B.C., the Giants are encouraging all the ladies to celebrate a Girls’ Night Out on Saturday when the Calgary Hitmen come to town. 


TEAM ALBERTA AND TEAM B.C. ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR U-16 CHALLENGE CUP…

The rosters for Team Alberta and Team B.C. for the upcoming Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup were announced on Wednesday in Calgary, AB.

Prince Albert Raiders prospect Brendan Guhle, the third overall pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft, and Lethbridge Hurricanes prospect Georgio Estephan, the fourth overall selection, are among Team Alberta’s skaters.  Seattle Thunderbirds prospect Mathew Barzal, the first overall selection in the 2012 Bantam Draft, and Prince George’s Jansen Harkins, the second overall pick, will suit up for Team B.C.

For more, CLICK HERE

 

WESTERN CANADA U-16 CHALLENGE CUP:  TEAM MANITOBA PREVIEW…

Team Manitoba’s 20-man roster for the 2012 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup featured 16 players who were selected in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, including two first-round picks, one second-round selection and four third-round picks, and another player who was listed following the draft. 

“We feel we have a balanced roster,” said Manitoba head coach Dan Eliasson, who is also the head coach of the Winnipeg Thrashers of the Manitoba Midget AAA League.  “I don’t think you will see any one or two players take the ball and run.”

For more, CLICK HERE

                            

WESTERN CANADA U-16 CHALLENGE CUP SCHEDULE…

Calgary, AB – The four Western Provincial Hockey Associations – Hockey Alberta, BC Hockey, Hockey Manitoba and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association – in partnership with the Western Hockey League (WHL) are pleased to announce the 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup tournament schedule and ticketing information

The 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup will take place November 1 – 4, 2012 at the Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alberta.

For more, CLICK HERE

 

LIPON EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT CHL WEEKLY HONORS…

Kamloops Blazers’ forward JC Lipon and Swift Current Broncos’ goaltender Eetu Laurikainen took home CHL weekly honors for the week ending October 14th.

Lipon, a 19-year-old from Regina, SK, was named the CHL Player of the Week after recording six goals and 10 points along with a +4 rating over three games last week.  Lipon, who leads the WHL in scoring with 27 points, also took his second straight Denny’s WHL Player of the Week honors for his efforts.

Meanwhile, Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks was named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 14 with a 2-0-0-0 record, including a shutout, along with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .963.  It was his first two games with the Hawks since returning from AHL training camp.


BMO CELEBRATES CHL FANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY…

In celebration of BMO Financial Group’s four-year partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) as the official bank of the CHL, BMO and the CHL today announced the launch of the BMO Ultimate CHL Fan Appreciation Night events, which will be held in the hometowns of 40 CHL teams.

Between October 23 and December 12, 2012, BMO will celebrate the millions of CHL fans across the country by inviting them to attend their local hockey games dressed up in their team’s colours, jerseys, and costumes for a chance to participate in the BMO Ultimate Fan Contest for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (May 24-26, 2013). In total, 40 BMO Ultimate CHL Fans will be crowned in their respective communities and each league in the CHL (OHL, WHL, and QMJHL) will have one BMO Ultimate Fan who will receive the grand prize.

For more, CLICK HERE

 

KEY WEEKEND MATCH-UPS…

Saskatoon Blades @ Swift Current Broncos
Friday, October 19

The Swift Current Broncos host the Saskatoon Blades for a meeting of East Division rivals involved in a mid-week trade.

The Broncos acquired 19-year-old forward Brent Benson from Saskatoon in exchange for 19-year-old defenceman Graeme Craig on Thursday.

The Broncos fell 3-1 to the visiting Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night for their second straight loss and their third setback in four games.  Benson will make his Broncos’ debut versus his former club.  The Weyburn, SK, product is a former first-round pick of the Blades who put up 35 goals and 103 points in 206 career games in Saskatoon.

The Blades edged the visiting Tri-City Americans 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday night for their third win in a row and their first victory at home this season.  Craig, a product of Red Deer, AB, was a third-round pick of the Broncos in 2007.  He put up five goals and 25 points in exactly 200 career regular-season games for Swift Current.

Friday’s clash marks the third meeting of the season between the Broncos and Blades.  The Blades edged the Broncos 2-1 in the first meeting, but were blasted 10-1 in Saskatoon in the second encounter.


Medicine Hat Tigers @ Edmonton Oil Kings
Saturday, October 20


Hunter Shinkaruk and the Medicine Hat Tigers pay a visit to Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings for a match-up between Central Division clubs featuring two of the WHL’s top NHL draft-eligible forwards opn Saturday night.

The Oil Kings are coming off a 5-4 shootout loss to the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night for their third setback in a row, and currently sit in second place in the division.  Lazar, a big, rangy pivot, is considered a potential first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, and currently ranks third on the Oil Kings with five goals this season.

The Tigers dropped a 7-6 decision to the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday night for their second loss in a row and seventh defeat over their last eight games.  Shinkaruk, 18, is battling Lazar as the WHL’s top NHL draft-eligible forward, and currently shares the team lead with six goals this season.

It’s the second meeting of the season between the Oil Kings and Tigers.  The Oil Kings won the first meeting with a 4-2 triumph in Medicine Hat on October 10th.

 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Oct. 19 – Oct. 21
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Friday, Oct. 19
Moose Jaw @ Edmonton; 7:30
Kamloops @ Lethbridge; 7:00
Everett @ Prince Albert; 7:00
Kootenay @ Red Deer; 7:30
Tri-City @ Regina; 7:00
Seattle @ Spokane; 7:05
Saskatoon @ Swift Current; 7:00

Saturday, Oct. 20
Medicine Hat @ Edmonton; 7:00
Brandon @ Kelowna; 7:00
Kamloops @ Kootenay; 7:00
Moose Jaw @ Lethbridge; 7:00
Seattle @ Portland; 7:00
Everett @ Saskatoon; 7:05
Prince George @ Spokane; 7:05
Tri-City @ Swift Current; 7:00
Calgary @ Vancouver; 7:00

Sunday, Oct. 21
Red Deer @ Kootenay; 6:00
Swift Current @ Prince Albert; 7:00

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Stats
Player Stats
Skaters: GP G A PTS +/-
C. Sanford 18 11 13 24 7
T. Cox 17 8 15 23 10
C. Valk 18 12 9 21 5
M. Koules 18 4 6 10 -6
D. Bredo 18 1 8 9 3
T. Stanton 18 0 8 8 -3
T. Vannelli 18 2 6 8 -7
C. Butcher 18 5 1 6 -1
M. Eisenschmid 18 0 5 5 2
S. Owre 15 3 2 5 0
Goalies: W L OTL SOL Sv% GAA
M. Langhamer 9 8 0 0 0.934 2.35
N. Schneider 0 0 0 0 0.625 28.27