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FRIDAY NIGHT WHL HOCKEY ON SHAW

WARRIORS VISIT BLADES, LIVE ON SHAW – Duncan Siemens and the Saskatoon Blades (20-12-0-1) host Cody Beach and the Moose Jaw Warriors (20-9-3-1) for a clash between East Division rivals in WHL action on Friday night.

Friday’s contest between the Warriors and Blades can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and SHAW Direct channel 299 (7:00pm CT).

The Blades are coming off a 6-3 loss to the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night for their sixth setback over their last eight games, and currently sit three points back of the Warriors for first place in the East Division.  The Blades are 11-4-0 on home ice this season, but have dropped four of their last five home games. 

The Warriors are coming off a 4-1 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets last Saturday to improve to 6-2-1-1 over their last 10 outings, and currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference, three points back of first-placed Edmonton.  Beach leads the Warriors with 18 assists this season, and ranks third on the team with 25 points.

It’s the third meeting of the season between the Warriors and Blades.  The teams split the first two meetings, with the home team winning on each occasion.

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Elsewhere on Friday night, Michael Ferland and the Brandon Wheat Kings (20-13-1-1) host Colin Smith and the Kamloops Blazers (23-9-1-0).

The Wheat Kings are coming off a 5-3 win over the visiting Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday for their second victory over their last three games, and currently sit in second place in the East Division.  Ferland has two goals and six points over his last five games.

The Blazers posted a 6-3 victory over the Blades in Saskatoon on Wednesday night, snapping a two-game losing skid, and currently hold a five-point lead over Vancouver for first place in the B.C. Division.  Smith ranks second on the Blazers with 17 goals this season.

In Everett, WA, Ryan Harrison and the Everett Silvertips (5-21-1-5) host Anthony Bardaro and the Spokane Chiefs (15-9-2-3) for a battle between U.S. Division rivals on Friday.

The Silvertips are coming off a 3-2 overtime setback to the Chiefs in Spokane on Wednesday night, extending their losing skid to 10 games, and remain in fifth place in the U.S. Division.  The Silvertips are 0-4-1-0 versus the Chiefs this season.

The Chiefs improved to 4-1-1-1 over their last seven games with Wednesday’s win over the visiting Silvertips, and remain in third place in the U.S. Division.  The Chiefs are 3-6-2-2 on the road this season, and have won three of their last five road games.

In Cranbrook, B.C., Max Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice (20-10-1-2) host Taylor Vause and the Swift Current Broncos (14-17-2-1) on Friday night.

The Ice are coming off a 4-2 loss to the visiting Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday night for their fifth setback over their last six games, and currently occupy second place in the Central Division.  Reinhart leads the Ice with 16 goals and 38 points this season.

The Broncos have been idle since dropping a 5-4 decision to the visiting Kamloops Blazers last Saturday, halting a win streak at three games, and currently sit in fifth place in the East Division.  Vause leads the Broncos with 20 goals and 41 points.

In Lethbridge, AB, Cam Braes and the Lethbridge Hurricanes (12-22-0-1) host Kevin Sundher and the Victoria Royals (13-19-1-2) on Friday evening.

The Hurricanes edged the visiting Calgary Hitmen 6-5 in overtime on Wednesday night for their seventh win over their last 10 games, and currently sit in sixth place in the Central Division.  Braes scored three goals on Wednesday night versus Calgary.

The Royals are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Oil Kings in Edmonton on Wednesday for their second straight setback, and currently sit in fourth place in the B.C. Division.  Sundher, the Royals’ leading scorer, signed an entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres this week.

In Prince Albert, SK, Mike Winther and the Prince Albert Raiders (11-22-1-2) welcome Shane McColgan and the Kelowna Rockets (13-16-2-2) on Friday.

The Raiders defeated the visiting Kamloops Blazers 5-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth victory over their last seven games, and currently sit in sixth place in the East Division.  Mike Winther has scored the game-winning goal in each of the Raiders’ last three wins.

The Rockets edged the Pats 3-2 in Regina on Wednesday night to earn their first win through four games of an East Division road trip, and currently sit in third place in the B.C. Division.  McColgan leads the Rockets with 24 assists and 33 points.

In Prince George, B.C., Troy Bourke and the Prince George Cougars (12-19-0-2) welcome Jordan Martinook and the Vancouver Giants (20-12-1-1) for the first of two weekend meetings between the B.C. Division rivals.

The Cougars have been idle since dropping the Chiefs 4-3 in a shootout in Spokane on Saturday for their third straight victory, and currently sit in fifth place in the B.C. Division.  The Cougars have won just three games at home this season.

The Giants dropped a 3-0 decision in Kent, WA, to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday night for their second straight defeat, and currently sit in second place in the division.  Martinook has scored 20 goals this season.

In Kennewick, WA, Adam Hughesman and the Tri-City Americans (25-7-0-0) host Luke Lockhart and the Seattle Thunderbirds (13-15-0-1) for a battle between U.S. Division combatants on Friday.

The Americans have been off since claiming a 3-0 shutout win over the Portland Winterhawks on Sunday for their sixth straight triumph, and currently sit in first place in the overall WHL standings.  The Americans boast a 13-2-0 record at home this season.

The Thunderbirds blanked the visiting Vancouver Giants 3-0 on Tuesday night for their second win in row, and remain in fourth place in the U.S. Division.  The T-Birds have scored just 78 goals this season, but have played a WHL-low 29 games.

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