GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Blazers

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Kamloops Blazers
Where: Interior Savings Centre
When: 8pm puck drop, pregame at 7:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Blazers in 2014/15:
 0-0-0-1
Last Meeting: Last Friday – 3-2 Shootout win for Kamloops (in Lethbridge)

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

Blazers Record: 5-2-1-0
Blazers Home Record: 
2-0-0-0
Blazers Road Record: 3-2-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (2G, 4A, 6P)
Blazers Leading Scorer: Cole Ully (6G, 8A, 14P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes opened their three game BC Division road trip on Wednesday night in Prince George with a 6-2 loss to the hands of the Cougars. The Hurricanes struggled moving the puck out of their own zone at times in the game and it cost them. Despite the tough loss for the ‘Canes, there were some positives that came out of the game.

Nikita Milekhin looked to play his best game in the Western Hockey League. The Russian collected two assists in the game and forechecked well creating a turn over on the first Hurricanes goal. Dexter Bricker scored his first WHL goal in the game. Bricker has been a solid third line forward so far for the ‘Canes and it’s nice to see him get rewarded.

The Blazers, meanwhile, haven’t played since Sunday when they beat the Edmonton Oil Kings by a 6-2 score. Kamloops went 2-1 on their three game in three day Alberta swing beating Lethbridge Friday 3-2 in a shootout, losing in Medicine Hat, before the win in Edmonton. The Blazers are 5-2-1-0 on the season under new head coach Don Hay – not too bad when you consider the Blazers had 14 total victories a season ago.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

All Dried Up: The Hurricanes top line of Zane Jones, Riley Sheen and Jamal Watson were held pointless in the game on Wednesday despite having scored 14 games combined in the previous three games. If Wednesday wasn’t evident enough, without the big three, the Hurricanes percentage for a win drastically goes down.

Undisciplined Play: There were times on Wednesday where the Hurricanes were very undisciplined play taking bad penalties. While the Cougars only struck once on seven power play opportunities, the ‘Canes need to be much more disciplined against a tough Kamloops team.

Kamloops Point of View

No I in TEAM, but there is ULLY: Chase Ully….. Wow….. That’s all you need to say. Ully leads the Blazers in team scoring as he is off to a torrent start scoring 14 points in the first eight games. Ully is also just one point shy of the WHL leader Cole Sanford of the Medicine Hat Tigers. The 19-year-old had 30 goals and 72 points last season.

Fresh: The Blazers haven’t played since Sunday afternoon in Edmonton against the Oil Kings – a 6-2 win. The Kamloops club will be fresh Friday and will play just their third home game of the season at the Interior Savings Centre.

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