GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Royals

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

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‘Canes vs. Royals in 2013/14:
 0-3-0-0
Last Meeting: December 15th/2013 – 6-1 win for Royals (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 1-6-0-1
‘Canes Home Record: 1-1-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 0-5-0-0

Royals Record: 4-6-1-0
Royals Home Record: 
2-1-1-0
Royals Road Record: 2-5-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G, 5A, 8P)
Royals Leading Scorer: Austin Carroll (8G, 6A, 14P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are coming off a three game road trip through the BC Division that saw them fall 6-2 to Prince George, 3-1 to Kamloops and 4-2 in Kelowna. However, despite the 0-3 record on the trip, the Hurricanes played much better hockey in the final two games in the Okanagan essentially losing by one as both the Blazers and Rockets added empty net goals late in the game.

The Hurricanes return home tonight to kick off a mini two game home stand that will see the Victoria Royals in town tonight and the Regina Pats roll into town tomorrow at the ENMAX Centre.

Tonight will be the lone meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and the Royals. Victoria beat Lethbridge in all three meetings last season by a combined score of 14-4.

After a 48 win season a year ago that saw the Royals collect 100 points for the first time in franchise history (even dating back to when they were in Chilliwack), Victoria is off a slow start this season having only won four of their first 11 games (4-6-1-0). However, the residents of Vancouver Island have been playing better since the return of overage forward Austin Carroll who has jumped out to an amazing pace with 14 points and eight goals in his first nine games back.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Oh Captain, My Captain: First year ‘Canes Captain Jamal Watson could have a milestone night for the as #17 currently sits with 99 career points and could be the second ‘Cane in as many games to hit the century mark – Riley Sheen earned his 100th career point last Saturday on an assist on Zane Jones’ goal in Kelowna.

250 for Walters: Tonight will be the 250th time that overage defenseman Nick Walters will appear in a WHL game. Of his 250 games, tonight will be his 55th with the ‘Canes; he played a 145 with the Everett Silvertips and 50 with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Victoria Point of View

Carroll Rolling: The Calgary Flames draft pick from this years NHL Entry Draft is off to a great start. The Royals overage forward has scored 14 points (8g-6a) in nine games since returning to the Royals from Flames camp. Carroll has points in every game he’s appeared in and is on a league-high eight-game goal scoring streak.

Jumbo-Joe: 18-year-old defenseman Joe Hicketts has amped up his play to start is third WHL campaign. The Kamloops product and signed prospect of the Detroit Red Wings is the Royals Captain and was recently named to Team WHL for the upcoming Subway Super Series. Small in stature at just 5’9, 186-pounds, Hicketts lives up to his nickname as he has scored 11 points (4g-7a) in his first nine games of the year. He is already just two goals shy of his career high – Hicketts had 24 points (6g-18a) in each of his previous two seasons with Victoria.

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