GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings

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Who: Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Brandon Wheat Kings
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings in 2013/14: 1-3-0-0
Last Meeting: February 26th/2014 – 6-2 Brandon (in Brandon)

‘Canes Record: 5-9-0-1
‘Canes Home Record: 2-3-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-6-0-0

Wheat Kings Record: 12-3-1-0
Wheat Kings Home Record:
5-0-1-0
Wheat Kings Road Record: 7-3-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G,11A, 14P)
Raiders Leading Scorer: Rihards Bukarts (8G, 15A, 23P)

The Break DownThe Lethbridge Hurricanes look to keep the #CaneTrain rolling tonight as they get set to host the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Hurricanes have won four out of their last five games, most recently a 5-2 win on Wednesday night against the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre.

The ‘Canes are sitting fifth in the WHL’s Central Division just two points back of the Red Deer Rebels for fourth and just four back of the Calgary Hitmen for third in the division. The Hurricanes are two points back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, as currently the Moose Jaw Warriors hold down eighth.

The Wheat Kings are enjoying life on the road right now. Today is their 13th day away and have traveled over 4,500 kilometres on their current trip. The Wheaties are coming off a 5-2 win on Wednesday over the Vancouver Giants. Brandon leads the Eastern Conference with a 12-3-1-0 record and have won four out of five on their current seven game road trip.

What To WatchLethbridge Point of View

Folk-Wong-Lindgren: The Hurricanes second line that has been playing like a first line is red hot. The Trio of Carter Folk, Tyler Wong, and Ryley Lindgren are coming off a combined eight point effort on Wednesday versus Prince Albert.

Robidoux-or-Robidon’t: On Wednesday, he Robidid! Zac Robidoux was very strong in Wednesday’s win over the Raiders picking up his first win as a Hurricane. The Hurricanes will need Robidoux at his best tonight.

Brandon Point of View

Once Friend, Now Foe: The Wheat Kings feature a number of former Hurricanes. Ryan Pilon who was traded last year. It will also be the first game back for Reid Duke and Macoy Erkamps after being shipped out of town last month.

High Octane Offense: The Wheat Kings boast the highest scoring team in the WHL having scored 83 goals entering action tonight, that’s an average of 5.19 per game. Brandon has ten players at or near a point per game this season.

Wong Leads ‘Canes to Victory

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Lethbridge Hurricanes (5-9-0-1)     vs.     Prince Albert Raiders (6-9-0-0)

photo 1The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned home Wednesday night to begin a stretch of four of five games on home ice. The ‘Canes played host to a Prince Albert Raiders team that snapped a two game losing streak last night with a 5-0 win in Kootenay, but Tyler Wong’s three goals helped the Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory.

The ‘Canes second line of Wong, Ryley Lindgren and Carter Folk continued their hot hand combing for three goals and eight points on the night. Folk had three assists, while Lindgren had a pair of helpers in the victory. Wong now has points in seven of his last eight games, five goals and four assists in that span.

photo 1 (1)Wong opened the scoring at the 12:41 mark of the first period. Lindgren did a good job to track down a puck behind the Raiders goal that was put there by Folk, before he centered to Wong who roofed it by Raiders goalie Nick McBride. Just 1:45 later, Zane Jones fed one back to Andrew Nielsen at the right point and the rearguard fired home his second in three games – both coming against the Raiders to give Lethbridge a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes. ‘Canes out shot the Raiders 13-9.

photo 3 (2)The Raiders started the second period strong searching to get on the board with multiple good scoring chances, however, Zac Robidoux – who was playing in place of Stuart Skinner who is attending the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario – came up large. Wong eventually broke open the scoring in the second with a rebound goal off a Lindgren shot for this second of the game, this time at the 15:44 mark; Folk picked up the second assist. But, the Raiders came storming back. At the 17:18 marl, Darcy Zaharichuk jumped on a loose puck in front of the Hurricane net before sliding one by a sprawled Robidoux to make it 3-1. Then, just 1:44 later, Marcus Messier scored his first as a Raider banging home a centering pass from Matteo Gennaro to see a 3-2 Hurricanes lead after two periods.

photo 2Early in the third, while four-on-four, Riley Sheen moved in on a partial two-on-one and centered a perfect pass across to Jamal Watson and the ‘Canes Captain made no mistake rifling one home into an empty net as McBride was slow to get across to restore the ‘Canes lead to a two goal advantage, this time 4-2. Despite some power plays later in the period, the Raiders failed to generate any great scoring chances and Wong would complete the hat trick with just 57 seconds left in the game as Folk found him alone in front and he put it into the empty net to seal the 5-2 win for the ‘Canes.

The Hurricane out shot the Raiders 34-33 on the night – it’s the first time that the ‘Canes have out shot the opposition this year. Lethbridge went 0/4 on the power play, but kept the Raiders to 0/3 on the night.

photo 3 (1)Three Stars of the game were:

1) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (3 goals, including GWG)
2) ‘Canes – #16 Ryley Lindgren – (2 assists)
3) Raiders – #17 Marcus Messier – (1 goal)

Wong, Folk, Lindgren, and Sheen all had multi-point nights in the win. While Robidoux earned his first victory as a member of the Hurricanes.

The ‘Canes have now won four of their last five games and snapped a three-game home losing streak with the victory. The ‘Canes are next in action on Friday night, Halloween, when the welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings to the ENMAX Centre before a Saturday showdown in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice.

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Holub Re-Assigned

crop_2579525_27_1414616053The Lethbridge Hurricanes are down to 25 on their roster after they reassigned Forward Michal Holub.

Holub was acquired prior to the 2013 trade deadline when they sent Russ Maxwell to the Seattle Thunderbirds for Holub, overager Seth Swenson and a 4th round draft pick.

The 18-year old from Mission, BC played 20 games for the Hurricanes with 1 goal, 8 PIM’s and he was a minus-13 plus/minus rating. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, he had played 66 games with the Thunderbirds where he registered 3 goals and 5 assists.

Holub is expected to join the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Raiders

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Who: Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Prince Albert Raiders
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Raiders in 2014/15: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: Last Saturday – 3-1 win for Lethbridge (in Prince Albert)

‘Canes Record: 4-9-0-1
‘Canes Home Record: 1-3-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-6-0-0

Raiders Record: 6-8-0-0
Raiders Home Record:
4-5-0-0
Raiders Road Record: 2-3-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G, 9A, 12P)
Raiders Leading Scorer: Craig Leverton (6G, 5A, 11P) and Jordan Tkatch (2G, 9A, 11P)

The Break Down The Lethbridge Hurricanes return home tonight to begin a stretch of four out of five on home ice as they host the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes are coming off a very impressive four game road trip that saw them earn six of a possible eight points away from home with wins in Edmonton (2-1 in a shootout), Saskatoon (7-2) and in Prince Albert (3-1) before falling the final game of the trip in Regina Sunday by an 8-1 score.

The Hurricanes played much better hockey on the road winning different styles of game and proving that they can score goals and play well defensively. The Hurricanes for the first time this season surrendered less than 30 shots in Saturday’s win over the Raiders and proved that when the top line of Riley Sheen, Zane Jones, and Jamal Watson score, with the aid of some secondary scoring, the Hurricanes can be a strong team.

Tonight, the Hurricanes play the Raiders for the second time in three games. Saturday’s 3-1 win saw Stuart Skinner come 39.9 seconds away from his first WHL shutout, but a last minute goal by Jayden Hart foiled that. Taylor Cooper had a goal and two assists, Giorgio Estephan picked up two helpers for his first multi-point game of the season while Andrew Nielsen scored his first WHL goal.

The Raiders are coming off an impressive 5-0 victory over the Kootenay Ice last night in Cranbrook. The Raiders out shot the Ice 45-29 in the game as Nick McBride picked up his first shutout of the season. Five different goal scorers lit the lamp for PA in the win, including former Hurricane Craig Leverton who shares the team lead in scoring with 11 points. What To Watch Lethbridge Point of View

Top Line Gone Cold: With the exception of Friday’s 7-2 win in Saskatoon where the trio of Jones, Sheen and Watson combined for three goals and nine points, the top scoring unit has gone MIA. Watson has two points in his last nine games – pointless in eight of his last nine games. Sheen has four points in his last six games, but all of them came in Saskatoon – he is pointless in five of his last six games. While Jones has three points in his last six games, all coming versus the Blades – he is pointless in seven of his last nine games.

Skinner-less: With Stuart Skinner gone for the next two weeks at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario, the net is now Zac Robidoux’s, at least for the next five games. The 18-year-old Manitoba native has appeared in six games this season and has a record of 0-4-0-0. If the ‘Canes hope to continue their hot play and keep getting wins, it’s time of Robidoux to do his best impersonation of Skinner.

Prince Albert Point of View

Back On Track: The Raiders after dropping two straight games to the Hurricanes and Winterhawks by a combined score of 8-3, found their scoring touch again last night in Kootenay with a 5-0 win. The Raiders will hope that scoring touch will continue against a Skinner-less Hurricanes.

Balanced Scoring Attack: One of the Raiders best offensive players, Reid Gardiner, is out of the line up with an upper body injury. But the team is getting things done. Former Hurricane forward Craig Leverton is tied atop the leader board for the Raiders in the point department with 11 points – Jordan Tkatch also has that same total

Alldridge Hangs Up Skates

crop_2579145_27_1414541776The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Tuesday Forward Steven Alldridge has decided to retire from the Western Hockey League.

The 18-year old from Inuvik, NWT came to the Hurricanes in the Corbin Boes trade to the Portland Winterhawks prior to last year’s trade deadline. At the time of the trade, the 6’3, 200lb left winger had played 24 games with the Winterhawks where he was a minus-4 plus/minus rating to go along with his 54 penalty minutes.

Alldridge played 15 games with the Hurricanes, before a shoulder injury cut short the 2013-2014 season and he had yet to return to the lineup this season.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes thank Steven for all his contributions to the hockey team both on the ice and in the community. The hockey club wishes Steven all the best in his future endeavors.

 

 

‘Canes Win Streak Snapped by Pats

The Lethbridge Hurricanes had their three game win streak snapped Sunday night in Regina with an 8-1 loss to the hands of the Regina Pats.

The Hurricanes played a strong first period, out shooting the Pats 16-13 in the opening twenty minutes. However, it was Morgan Klimchuk who opened the scoring at the 12:26 mark of the first. The Calgary Flames first rounder knock the puck forward with his glove and split through the defense before sliding one through the legs of Stuart Skinner to make it 1-0 Regina after one period.

The Pats entered on a four game losing streak since a 6-1 win in Lethbridge eight days earlier. In those four games, the Pats only scored one goal in each contest, but Regina exploded for four more goals on the second period. First, Braden Christoffer scored his first of two in the game at the 10:44 mark. Just 15 seconds later, Kord Pankewicz put one right up the middle on the tape of the Pats Adam Brooks who quickly beat Skinner to make it 3-0. The Hurricanes used their 30-second time out, but it didn’t help as Regina scored again at 15:14 as Austin Wagner made it 4-0 and the saw the end of Stuart Skinner’s night who was relieved by Zac Robidoux – Skinner stopped 26 of 30 shots he faced. Before the period was out, Patrick D’Amico potted another to make it 5-0 Pats after forty minutes.

In the third, the Pats did not relent. Christoffer and D’Amico each potted their second of the night 2:16 apart early in the period to give Regina a 7-0 lead. At the 9:36 mark, Lenny Hackman sniped home his first of the season snapping an 18-game goalless drought – his last goal came March 1st in Swift Current. Tyler Wong picked up the lone assist – he now has points in six of his last seven games. On a power play, Brooks added another slipping on through the arm of Robidoux to make it an 8-1 game and that is how it ended with the home team having a lopsided victory over the ‘Canes.

Despite the lopsided score, the ‘Canes weren’t outshot by too much. Regina had 46, while Lethridge had 36.

Hurricanes went 0/2 on the power play while the Pats went 2/4.

Three stars in the game were:

1) Pats – #18 Morgan Klimchuk – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) Pats – #35 Daniel Wapple – (35 saves)
3) Pats – #10 Adam Brooks – (2 goals, 1 assist)

The Hurricanes first three game win streak in nearly two years is over, but the ‘Canes did pick up six of eight points on a four game road trip and four of six over the three-in-three weekend through Saskatchewan.

The Hurricanes return home Wednesday to take on the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre before a Halloween showdown with the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Pats

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Regina Pats
Where: Brandt Centre
When: 6pm puck drop, pregame at 5:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Pats in 2014/15:
 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: Last Saturday – 6-1 win for Regina (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 4-8-0-1
‘Canes Home Record: 1-3-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-5-0-0

Pats Record: 5-8-1-0
Pats Home Record:
2-4-1-0
Pats Road Record: 3-4-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G, 9A, 12P)
Pat s Leading Scorer: Dryden Hunt (6G, 6A, 12P) and Connor Gay (4G, 8A, 12P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes have won three straight road games after a 3-1 road win Saturday night in Prince Albert against the Raiders. The ‘Canes have been winning games in different ways in their last three efforts.

With the winning streak, the Hurricanes have no jumped ahead of the Kootenay Ice for fifth in the Central Division and have a three point cushion over them. The ‘Canes are also just two points back of the Red Deer Rebels for fourth in the Division. They are also just two points out of a playoff spot.

The Pats are struggling as of late. Regina has lost five of their last six games, with their lone win over the Hurricanes last Saturday. Regina has lost four straight games since that win over Lethbridge, their most recent a 2-1 loss to the Swift Current Broncos last night at home.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Cane Train Beginning to Roll: The Hurricanes have been very impressive on their current four game road trip having won each and every game. The ‘Canes are coming off a perfect road effort Saturday in Prince Albert with a 3-1 in.

Oh So Close: What a night for Stuart Skinner again. The 15-year-old was outstanding again and came within 39.9 seconds of his first WHL shutout in Prince Albert. Skinner has stopped 103 of the 107 shots he’s faced in the last three games – a save percentage of .963.

Regina Point of View

Losing Streak: Since coming into Lethbridge last Saturday and beating the Hurricanes by a 6-1 score, the Pats have lost four straight games. The latest, a 2-1 loss Saturday night to the Swift Current Broncos.

All Dried Up: In their last four games, the Pats have only scored one goal in each of the games. With the exception of the 6-1 win against the ‘Canes, the Pats have scored a goal or less in six of their last seven games.