GM Robson Talks Brandon Trade

Lethbridge HurricanesLethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Brad Robson, discusses the trade that saw Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt head east to Brandon for Kord Pankewicz, Brett Kitt and Ryley Lindgren who come west to join the ‘Canes

It is expected that all three players will be in the line up Wednesday when the Hurricanes play host to the Calgary Hitmen at ENMAX Centre.

Robson one-on-one:

Robson in a scrum with media:

 

Two of the three players that were acquired by Robson today took to Twitter in a positive way:

‘Canes Swing Massive Deal With Wheat Kings

creditbrandonThe Lethbridge Hurricanes announced today that they have made a three for three trade with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Hurricanes have acquired defenseman Kord Pankewicz and forwards Brett Kitt and Ryley Lindgren in exchange for Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and Tak Anholt.

The Hurricanes add size and grit to both the defense core and forward group with this trade, as well as youth as all three players acquired are 18-years-old.

Pankewicz, a first round draft pick by the Wheat Kings in 2011, is 5’11” and 203 pounds. In 88 WHL games with Brandon, the Leduc native has scored one goal, while adding 14 assists along with 85 penalty minutes. In his final year in Midget AAA with the Leduc Oil Kings, the left-handed rearguard scored 15 goals and 37 points in 33 games.

Kitt is a tough customer. The 6’1, 200-pound left winger will be a welcome addition to the bottom six forwards for the Hurricanes adding size which certainly lacks up front for the young Lethbridge club. In 41 career games with the Wheaties, the Brandon product collected five goals and five assists with 55 penalty minutes. In midget, he also proved he can score as he knocked in 25 goals and 51 points in 42 games in his final year.

The third piece, Ryley Lindgren will play a key role on the Hurricanes likely sliding into the second line. The forward, who can play centre or right wing, has nine goals and 19 points to his credit through 75 WHL games with Brandon. The 5’11, 194-pounder from East St. Paul, Manitoba also showed signs of being an offensive threat in midget scoring 24 goals and 50 points in 49 games in 2012/13 with the Winnipeg Thrashers.

While the Hurricanes lose three players, only one of them was on the roster. Reid Duke just recently returned to Lethbridge after attending the Minnesota Wild training camp this fall. The former first round draft pick held out from training camp before reporting just before exhibition games began. Meanwhile, Macoy Erkamps held out completely not reporting to the Hurricanes after spending his first three seasons with Lethbridge.

Hurricanes Press Release:

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes swung a multi-player deal Tuesday sending Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt to Brandon for 18 year old’s Ryley Lindgren, Kord Pankewicz and Brett Kitt.

 5’11, 194 pound Centre Ryley Lindgren, the Wheat Kings 5th round Bantam pick in 2011, has played 75 games for Brandon with 19 points (9G, 10A).  Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Brad Robson likes Lindgren and what he can bring to the hockey club. “He’s a good, hard-working and gritty two-way centre. He’ll help us both in the offensive and defensive zone and he’ll continue to get better with time. We expect him to be a 30 to 40 point guy on the team.”

 Left winger, Brett Kitt, at 6’1 and 201 pounds put up over a point a game in Manitoba’s Midget Triple A hockey league. In 37 games with the Wheat Kings last season he registered 10 points. Kord Pankewicz, a 5’11, 205 pound defenceman, has 15 points in 88 games with the Wheat Kings. In 4 games this season he is a +2 plus/minus rating with a goal. “Kitt is a big, strong physical player who wins battles, he’s strong on the forecheck and hard to play against. Pankewicz is a former first round pick of the Wheat Kings. He’s a big, strong kid with offensive upside, he plays both end of the rink and his experience in the league is a valuable addition to the team” commented Robson.

 Duke, a 2014 6th round NHL draft pick of the Minnesota Wild was the Hurricanes 5th overall selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft. The native of Calgary had career highs in goals, assists and points last season with 40 points (15G, 25A) in 62 games. Erkamps was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2010 and played 66 games where he led all defensemen in scoring with 31 points, including 26 assists. Last season, Tak Anholt, the Hurricanes 2nd round pick in 2013 played with the Vancouver NW Giants of the BCMML. In 33 games he tallied 21 points including 12 goals.

 The Hurricanes wish the best to all players as they continue their hockey careers with Brandon.

Hitmen Thump Hurricanes 9-2

Lethbridge Hurricanes         vs.       hitmen

Lethbridge Hurricanes (0-3-0-0)       vs.       Calgary Hitmen (1-2-0-0)

photo 1It was over before it really started on Sunday afternoon as the Calgary Hitmen came out flying and capitalized early on some shaky goaltending on the part of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and saw an early lead grow into a large lead en route to a 9-2 victory at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Hitmen jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a power play goal from Pavel Karnaukhov at the 2:47 – it was the Russians’ first WHL goal. Just under five minutes later, Travis Sanheim scored his first of two in the period as he beat Zac Robidoux who got the start to make it 2-0 Calgary. Quickly thereafter, it was Travis’ brother Taylor Sanheim who got on the board beating Robidoux low to blocker side from a long distance to make it 3-0 before Travis tallied again with a point shot that went five hole on Robidoux as the Hitmen lead 4-0 through twenty minutes of play. ‘Canes were out shot 14-6 in the period.

photo 3 (1)The second period was much of the same as the Hitmen came out flying. Robidoux, who gave up four goals on 14 shots in the first, was on the bench to begin the second as 15-year-old Stuart Skinner took over and Skinner allowed goals on the first two shots he faced. At the 49 second mark Chase Lang beat Skinner to make it 5-0, while just 24 seconds later Karnaukhov tallied his second of the game to make it a convincing 6-0 advantage. Then just over four minutes later, the Hitmen made it 7-0 when Terrell Draude lifted one over the glove of Skinner at the 5:57 mark. The Hurricanes didn’t garner many opportunities, but with exactly one minute remaining in the period, Reid Duke, who made his season debut, put a sharp angle shot on goal that was ruled a goal on the ice, but after further review, it was deemed no goal as the puck hit the post and did not cross the line – 7-0 Hitmen after two periods.

photo 4Early in the third, newcomer Zane Jones potted his first as a Hurricane in his Lethbridge debut as he jammed one by Calgary netminder Mack Shields to make it 7-1. Just over five minutes later Jones was sprung home free on a breakaway from a Jamal Watson pass and was taken down resulting in a penalty shot and on it, Jones made no mistake burying one by the blocker of Shields to make it 7-2. However, the Hitmen would round out the scoring as Adam Tambellini and Carsen Twarynski scored three minutes apart to help Calgary to the lopsided victory.

photo 4The Hurricanes went 0/5 on the power play and are 0/13 to start the year, while Calgary managed one power play goal on four opportunities.

Final shots on goal favoured the Hitmen as they out shot the Hurricanes by a 45-20 margin.

Three Stars of the game in the building were:

1) Hitmen – #9 Pavel Karnaukhov (2G)
2) Hitmen – #21 Terrel Draude (1G/3A)
3) Hitmen – #32 Travis Sanheim (2G)

With the loss, the Hurricanes are now 0-3 on the season and have lost 17-straight regular season games dating back to last year and have now been unable to defeat the Hitmen in eight straight regular season contests.

The two teams will battle it out again on Wednesday night in the second of a home and home, this time at the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge – game time is 7pm, you can tune into the pregame show on ROCK 106 at 6:45pm.

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Hurricanes Swing Deal With Silvertips

Everett Silvertips vs Spokane Chiefs

Photo credit – Christopher Mast

The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced that they have acquired 20-year-old forward Zane Jones from the Everett Silvertips in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2015.

Jones, the nephew of former Calgary Flames Captain Lanny McDonald, will add size, grit and scoring touch to the Hurricanes top six forwards. The Olds, AB, product is a three year veteran of the Western Hockey League spending time with the Silvertips, Calgary Hitmen and Victoria Royals.

In 192 career WHL games, Jones has collected 104 points (48g-56a) along with 183 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating. He also has seven points (3g-4a) in 26 WHL playoff games.

Last year split between Calgary and Everett, the 6’3, 210-pound winger tallied a total of 28 points (13g-15a) with 68 penalty minutes and a plus-15. His career high came in the 2012/13 season when in 69 games he scored 21 goals and 44 points with Calgary.

With the acquisition, the Hurricanes currently have four 20-year-old’s on the roster. The others are forward Riley Sheen and defenseman Nick Walters and Tyler Bell. League rules only permits you to carry three overage skaters, however, the ‘Canes have until October 14th to decide what three overagers they will carry as that is the cut-down date.

Hurricanes Press Release:

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes added size and skill to their roster with the acquisition of Zane Jones from the Everett Silvertips for a 4th round Bantam pick in 2015.

The 20-year old from Olds, began his WHL career with the Victoria Royals then played for the Calgary Hitmen before being traded to Everett just prior to the WHL’s trade deadline last season.

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Brad Robson not only likes size, but his ability to score. “He’s an experienced WHL players that will add size to our left wing and he’ll complement our skilled guys. He’s a big, strong, power forward who also has playoff experience, and we expect him to be a 50 point guy with our team.”

Jones put up career best totals in goals, assists and points with Calgary in 2012-2013 when he registered 44 points (21G, 23A) in 69 games. In 192 career WHL games, Jones has 48 goals and 56 assists for 104 points to go along with a plus-11 plus/minus rating and 183 penalty minutes.

 

Estephan Listed on NHL CSS Preliminary 2015 Players to Watch

estephanThe National Hockey League released the Central Scouting Service Preliminary 2015 Player to Watch today and Lethbridge Hurricanes 17-year-old forward Giorgio Estephan was one of 39 Western Hockey League players on the list.

Estephan, who has been sidelined with injury through training camp and the first two games of the regular season, is not expected back for another two to three weeks with a lower body injury.

In his first WHL season, Estephan scored 12 goals and 24 points in 64 games last year as a sixteen year old. The Edmonton, AB, product was selected fourth overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes.

Once the 6’0, 185 lbs forward returns he will solidify the Hurricanes top six forwards both offensively and reliability defensively.

Here are the other WHL players ranked – for the complete CSS list, visit:http://bit.ly/1B3wt8l

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

A Rating — Indicates a 1st round candidate

B Rating — Indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate

C Rating — Indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate

LV (Limited Viewing) — Injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.

NA B BAER ALEXANDER VANCOUVER WHL 5′ 9.5″ 167 C
NA A BARZAL MATHEW SEATTLE WHL 5′ 11.25″ 175 C
NA B BEAR ETHAN SEATTLE WHL 5′ 11.0″ 200 D
NA A BITTNER PAUL PORTLAND WHL 6′ 4.0″ 206 LW
NA C BURMAN TAZ RED DEER WHL 6′ 0.25″ 165 G
NA A CARLO BRANDON TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 4.75″ 198 D
NA C COCHRANE CARTER EVERETT WHL 5′ 10.5″ 189 D
NA C DAVIS KEVIN EVERETT WHL 5′ 11.75″ 183 D
NA B DeBRUSK JAKE SWIFT CURRENT WHL 5′ 11.5″ 171 LW
NA C ESTEPHAN GIORGIO LETHBRIDGE WHL 6′ 0.0″ 188 C
NA B GABRIELLE JESSE BRANDON WHL 5′ 10.75″ 205 LW
NA B GARDINER REID PRINCE ALBERT WHL 5′ 10.5″ 187 C/RW
NA C GATENBY JOE KELOWNA WHL 6′ 0.25″ 176 D
NA B GAWDIN GLENN SWIFT CURRENT WHL 6′ 0.75″ 188 C
NA C GENNARO MATTEO PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6′ 2.25″ 187 C
NA C GRMAN MARIO RED DEER WHL 6′ 1.25″ 186 D
NA B GROPP RYAN SEATTLE WHL 6′ 2.0″ 184 LW
NA A HARKINS JANSEN PRINCE GEORGE WHL 6′ 0.75″ 177 C
NA C HEBIG CAMERON SASKATOON WHL 5′ 10.75″ 178 C
NA C HEID NICHOLAS PORTLAND WHL 6′ 1.75″ 206 D
NA C HOBBS CONNOR MEDICINE HAT WHL 6′ 1.0″ 188 D
NA B JUULSEN NOAH EVERETT WHL 6′ 1.25″ 175 D
NA C KARNAUKHOV PAVEL CALGARY WHL 6′ 2.5″ 194 LW
NA C MCBRIDE NICK PRINCE ALBERT WHL 6′ 3.5″ 179 G
NA A MERKLEY NICK KELOWNA WHL 5′ 10.75″ 191 C
NA C MURRAY TROY KOOTENAY WHL 6′ 0.25″ 188 D
NA B MUSIL ADAM RED DEER WHL 6′ 2.5″ 198 C
NA C O’REILLY BRENDAN TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 2.25″ 185 D
NA C OSIPOV DMITRY VANCOUVER WHL 6′ 4.0″ 193 D
NA C PAPIRNY JORDAN BRANDON WHL 6′ 0.5″ 173 G
NA C PAWLENCHUK GRAYSON RED DEER WHL 5′ 11.5″ 183 LW
NA B PILON RYAN BRANDON WHL 6′ 2.0″ 206 D
NA B PROVOROV IVAN BRANDON WHL 6′ 0.0″ 191 D
NA C REDDEKOPP CHAZ VICTORIA WHL 6′ 3.25″ 219 D
NA C SOUSTAL TOMAS KELOWNA WHL 6′ 2.0″ 195 C
NA C SOY TYLER VICTORIA WHL 5′ 11.5″ 172 C
NA C TEXEIRA KEONI PORTLAND WHL 5′ 11.75″ 208 D
NA B WOTHERSPOON PARKER TRI-CITY WHL 6′ 0.25″ 171 D
NA B ZBOROSKY ZACHARY KOOTENAY WHL 5′ 11.0″ 175 C

Tigers Sweep Home and Home

Lethbridge Hurricanes            vs.       Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (0-2-0-0)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (2-0-0-0)

photo 1Less than twenty-four hours after seeing a two goal lead slip away en route to a 3-2 loss in their home opener to the hands of their Southern Alberta rivals the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Lethbridge Hurricanes traveled East down Highway 3 in hopes of returning the favour, however, it was the Tigers that came out on top 5-1.

The Hurricanes once again scored the first goal of the hockey game as they did Friday night, however the Tigers fed off a packed Medicine Hat Arena as they outplayed the ‘Canes for a large amount of the contest.

Lethbridge opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the game when the Captain, Jamal Watson, skated in on the right wing and beat Nick Schneider with a bullet of a wrist shot high to the glove side – Bryton Sayers picked up the lone assist to make it 1-0 ‘Canes early on. However, the Tigers tied the game with a power play goal by Chad Butcher at the 7:11 mark to make it 1-1. The tie didn’t last long, as just 1:01 later Steven Owre scored his first of two in the game as he beat Stuart Skinner on a rebound for the eventual game-winning goal – 2-1 Med Hat. Just over a minute and a half later it appeared that the Tigers had made it 3-1 as Matt Staples drove on right the centre ice faceoff circle that somehow got through Skinner, but a Tiger was trapped offside therefore the goal did not count and the first ended with Medicine Hat in front by a 2-1 count.

photo 3The Hurricanes, who only had seven shots in the first period, came out storming to start the second as they quickly jumped on the Tigers and had numerous chances with the puck in the attacking zone for the first two and a half minutes but could not convert even with a power play. The ‘Canes continued to press as they had the edge in shots by a 10-4 number by the midway mark of the second, but the offense soon dried up as Lethbridge did not get a shot on goal until the six minute mark of the third period. Before the second was out, Mark Rassell beat Skinner short side for his first WHL goal to give the Tigers a 3-1 advantage through forty minutes of hockey.

In the third period, it was the Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford show as the two veterans seemed to have the puck on a string every time they were on the ice and the two each picked up an assist on the two third period goals for the Tigers. Just 53 seconds into the third, Owre would find the back of the net for his second before Matthew Bradley beat Skinner up high at the 13:57 mark to ice the 5-1 victory.

The Hurricanes were once again out shot by a healthy margin, this time 39-21; 12-4 in the third period.

Lethbridge went 0/3 on the power play, while Medicine Hat was 1/7.

Three stars of the game were:

1) Tigers – #36 Trevor Cox (2A)
2) Tigers – #11 Steven Owre (2G)
3) Tigers – #26 Cole Sanford (3A)

The Hurricanes and Tigers will not meet again until December 27th. The Hurricanes have now lost 16 straight regular season contests dating back to last year and will look to snap that next Sunday, September 28th when they visit the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary against the Hitmen – a team the ‘Canes did not beat last season.

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‘Canes Fall In Season Opener

Lethbridge Hurricanes                   vs.            Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (0-1-0-0)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (1-0-0-0)

photo 2Friday night at the ENMAX Centre was the first regular season game of the year for the Lethbridge Hurricanes as they hosted their southern Alberta rival Medicine Hat Tigers in the first of a home-and-home set to open the 2014/2015 Western Hockey League season.

Despite a struggle to generate shots on goal, the Hurricanes found themselves in front 2-0 half way through the second period, but three unanswered by the Tigers, with the winner coming with just two minutes left in the game, saw Medicine Hat escape town with a 3-2 victory.

photo 3 (1)The Tigers dominated the first period as the Hurricanes were out shot 15-3 in the opening period. Medicine Hat had a number of great scoring chances in the opening period, but Zac Robidoux was excellent stopping every shot in the period – the best coming off a cross-ice one-timer from Cole Sanford that the former Tigers’ goalie slid across to make the save. The ‘Canes had a couple of quality scoring chances in the first, both coming with their lone man advantage that they failed to score on as the first ended scoreless.

photo 1 (1)The ‘Canes came out buzzing early in the second, and would get rewarded at the 3:32 mark as Riley Sheen found rookie Pavel Skumatov in the slot and the 17-year-old put a laser of a shot past Tigers starter Nick Schneider to make it 1-0. Skumatov would get another just under nine minutes later as he shiffted out of the right corner before stuffing one through the pads of Schneider to make it 2-0 Lethbridge, however, from there, the Tigers took over. Just 1:19 after Skumatov’s second, Kyle Becker beat Robidoux on a snap shot from the top of the right circle to cut the lead in half. With just 1:30 left in the middle frame, Markus Eisenschmid tied the game with a sharp-angled back hander to make it 2-2 through forty minutes.

photo 1 (2)It was an exciting start to the third period with the two clubs trading chances. The Hurricanes thought they had taken the lead when a puck appeared to cross the line on a four-on-three power play, but it was immediately waived off by the official and after a lengthy review, it remained 2-2 to the chagrin of the ‘Canes who thought it was a good goal. The teams continued in back and forth play. Late in the period, the Tigers received back to back power play, while failing to connect on the first one, a Bryton Sayers delay-of-game penalty was deadly as just four seconds into the man advantage Connor Hobbs scored the winner on a rising wrist shot from the blue line that beat Robidoux making it a 3-2 final.

photo 4 (1)The Tigers not only won the game, but they won the special teams battle as they went 1/6 on the power play, while the ‘Canes were 0/5 with the extra man.

Final shots on goal favoured Medicine Hat 38-18 in the contest.

The Hurricanes drop their home opener for the second straight year to the Tigers, although this was a much closer game as last year the Tigers beat up the Hurricanes 6-1 in the season opener.

The two clubs will get right back at it as they will face off in the Tigers home opener at the Medicine Hat Arena tomorrow. Game time is 7:30pm – you can hear the pregame show on ROCK 106 beginning around 7:15pm

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