GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Rockets

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Kelowna Rockets
Where: Prospera Place
When: 8pm puck drop, pregame at 7:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Rockets in 2013/14:
 0-3-0-0
Last Meeting: January 25th/2014 – 5-0 win for Rockets (in Kelowna)

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

Rockets Record: 7-0-0-0
Rockets Home Record: 
3-0-0-0
Rockets Road Record: 4-0-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G, 4A, 7P)
Rockets Leading Scorer: Nick Merkley (3G, 11A, 14P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are coming off a hard fought 3-1 loss to the Kamloops Blazers last night at the Interior Savings Centre. It was the best road game of the season for the Hurricanes. The club play a perfect first period, but could not hold their early lead.

The Hurricanes are now 0-4-0-0 on the road this season and 0-2-0-0 through the first two games of their BC Division road trip with the toughest game tonight in Kelowna against the Rockets.

Kelowna is off to a franchise-best 7-0-0-0 start to the new campaign. The team that won 57 games last year hasn’t missed a beat under new head coach Dan Lambert. The Rockets have the leagues best power play and boast the most goals scored in the WHL.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Build on good road game: The Hurricanes played a great road game last night despite the loss. If they come out strong like they did against the Blazers, it will help drastically to staving off the high flying Rockets – they just need to piece together a sixty minute effort like the first twenty Friday night.

Estephan back: The17-year-old Giorgio Estephan returned from injury last night against the Blazers and looked strong in the early going creating chances on a line with Taylor Cooper and Tyler Wong.

Kelowna Point of View

Depth: With the Rockets being the highest scoring team in the WHL, with the best record, and top power play, it’s only fitting that depth be the way they get there….. 8 different players on the Rockets have a point per game or better!

Home-ice dominance: The Rockets are 3-0 at home this season, but over the last three seasons (including this year) Kelowna is a very impressive 62-9-0-4…. Least to say, Prospera Place hasn’t been nice to the opposition for the last few years.

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