Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

Blazers Announce Western States Shootout Schedule

The Oklahoma City Blazers have received their schedule for the Western States Shootout, taking place December 17-21 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Western States Hockey League’s premiere event, the all-league showcase has averaged close to 100 scouts in attendance each season, from various NCAA Division I and III hockey programs and ACHA club hockey teams from across the United States as well as minor pro scouts from U.S. based and international leagues. Each team will play a total of four games during the course of the Shootout.

This season, the Blazers’ schedule kicks off on Saturday, December 17 against the defending Thorne Cup champions, the Idaho Steelheads. The Steelheads defeated the Colorado Eagles last season to secure their fifth title in six seasons. The Blazers have only met the Steelheads once since joining the WSHL, in the 2014 Shootout. Idaho took that meeting by a score of 4-1.

December 18th, the Blazers take on the Southern Oregon Spartans for the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Spartans and Steelheads have been locked in a neck-and-neck battle for first place in the Northwest Division so far this season.

On Monday, Oklahoma City will take on the Ogden Mustangs in a highly anticipated rematch from last season’s Shootout. The Mustangs started the season 18-0 before falling to the Utah Outliers on November 16th. Last season, the Blazers were a perfect 3-0-0 heading into their final matchup of the showcase against Ogden. Oklahoma City jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Ogden fought back with three straight goals and defeated the Blazers 3-2.

The Blazers will conclude their four-game slate on Tuesday, December 20th against the Long Beach Bombers. The Bombers and Oklahoma City have yet to meet during the Blazers tenure in the WSHL. Last season, Long Beach were another Final Four team, winning the Western Division Championship before falling to the Idaho Steelheads in the Thorne Cup Playoffs.

All four games will be broadcast live on WSHL TV as Oklahoma City takes on four of the top teams in the WSHL. For more information regarding the Western States Shootout, be sure to check out the WSHL site for details on tickets, lodging, and a full schedule for all 28 teams (27 WSHL, 1 CPJHL).

Blazers full Shootout schedule:
Saturday, December 17: @ Idaho, 4:15pm CST – Las Vegas Ice Center North
Sunday, December 18: vs. Southern Oregon, 4:45pm CST – Las Vegas Ice Center North
Monday, December 19: @ Ogden, 10:00am CST – SoBe Ice Arena
Tuesday, December 20: vs. Long Beach, 4:45pm CST – Las Vegas Ice Center North