‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2013/14: 0-6-0-0
‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2014/15: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: September 28th/2014 – 9-2 Calgary win (in Calgary)
‘Canes Record: 0-3-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 0-1-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 0-2-0-0
Hitmen Record: 1-2-0-0
Hitmen Home Record:1-2-0-0
Hitmen Road Record: 0-0-0-0
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Pavel Skumatov (2G, 0A, 2P), Zane Jones (2G, 0A, 2P), Jamal Watson (1G, 1A, 2P), Riley Sheen (0G, 2A, 2P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Terrell Draude (1G, 3A, 4P) – all scored vs. Lethbridge on Sunday
The Lethbridge Hurricanes will look for pay back tonight as they host the Calgary Hitmen – the same Hitmen team that embarrassed the Hurricanes on Sunday by a 9-2 score at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Hurricanes have given up 17 goals in their first three games this season, while only scoring a total of five. Despite the goals against, you can tell that the defensive side of the game is improving for the Hurricanes under the tutelage of assistant coach Bryan Maxwell. The ‘Canes will have to play a strong defensive game tonight if they want to get their first victory of the season.
The win on Sunday for Calgary was their first of the season after dropping their first two games to the Red Deer Rebels and Medicine Hat Tigers. In their first two games, the Hitmen only scored three goals. However, the outburst against the ‘Canes on Sunday afternoon will help the Hitmen in the confidence category, which can play a pivotal role in a hockey clubs success.
Newcomer Zane Jones made his Hurricanes debut on Sunday and scored both ‘Canes goals in the third period. One was a gritty “go to the net” kind of goal, while the second was a perfect shot on a breakaway. Jones his a big power forward that gets in on the defense and lays the body.
The Hurricanes should have the three players that were acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings in the line up tonight as Brett Kitt, Kord Pankewicz and Ryley Lindgren are expected to be in Lethbridge in advance of the game – if that does happen, I’m not sure what to expect from the three as they left Brandon at 6am this morning and will have driven for nearly 11 hours before getting here.
The ‘Canes will also be without Tyler Wong who will serve the second of a three game suspension he was issued with for “check to the head major and game misconduct” in Medicine Hat last Saturday.
First year Hitmen, Pavel Karnaukhov was one of 39 Western Hockey League players to be listed on the Central Scouting Service 2015 Preliminary Players to Watch for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’2, 197-pound winger from Minsk, Belarus had four goals and six points along with a plus-6 rating in six preseason games and scored his first two goals in the 9-2 win Sunday against Lethbridge.
Despite the loss of some key players to trades for the Hitmen, most notably Pavel Padakin who was traded to Regina, there has already been a few younger players to step up. One of those players is Terrell Draude who had four points on Sunday (1G-3A) against Lethbridge and has four points in three games – during 2013/14 season, Draude collected just seven points in 47 games.