WEDNESDAY'S WHL MATCH-UPSSep 26, 2012 - 04:37 CDT
WHEAT KINGS HOST BLADES – Ryan Pulock and the Brandon Wheat Kings (2-0-0-0) host Lukas Sutter and the Saskatoon Blades (1-1-0-0) in one of three Western Hockey League contests on Wednesday.
The Wheat Kings claimed a pair of victories over the Regina Pats in an opening weekend home-and-home series, winning 3-2 at home on Friday night then posting a 7-4 win in Regina on Saturday. The Wheat Kings connected for four power play goals over their two-game set versus Regina. Former Wheat King Brenden Walker makes his return to Brandon on Wednesday.
The Blades split a home-and-home series versus the Prince Albert Raiders on the weekend, winning 2-1 in a shootout in Prince Albert on Friday before falling 5-2 at home on Saturday. The Blades allowed four power play goals in Saturday’s defeat to the Raiders. Shane McColgan assisted on two of the Blades’ three regulation goals on the weekend.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Adam Lowry and the Swift Current Broncos (1-0-1-0) take on Dyson Stevenson and the Regina Pats (0-2-0-0) for another battle between East Division rivals.
The Broncos earned three of a possible four points from their first two games, having lost 4-3 in overtime in Moose Jaw on Friday before posting a 6-1 win over the Warriors in Swift Current the following night. Lowry scored three goals over the two-game set versus the Warriors.
The Pats dropped two decisions to the Brandon Wheat Kings on the weekend, and will look for their first victory of the season on Wednesday in Swift Current. Stevenson scored in each of the Pats’ first two games.
In Lethbridge, AB, Sam Mckechnie and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-1-0-0) welcome Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings (2-0-0-0) on Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes split a weekend home-and-home series versus the Medicine Hat Tigers on opening weekend, winning 4-2 at home on Friday then losing 5-1 in the Hat on Saturday. The ‘Canes connected for just one goal on 14 power play chances through their first two games.
The Oil Kings skated to a 6-2 win over the visiting Red Deer Rebels on Sunday in Edmonton for their second win in a row to start the season. Lazar notched the first hat trick of his WHL career on Sunday versus the Rebels.