GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Pats

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

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‘Canes vs. Pats in 2013/14:
 1-3-0-0
Last Meeting: March 7th/2014 – 5-3 win for Regina (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 1-7-0-1
‘Canes Home Record: 1-2-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 0-5-0-0

Pats Record: 4-4-1-0
Pats Home Record: 
2-2-1-0
Pats Road Record: 2-2-0-0

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

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are right back at it after falling last night at home to the Victoria Royals by a 4-2 score. In the game a night ago, the ‘Canes played a strong second period, however, the first and third not as strong. The ‘Canes, who found themselves down 2-0 early in the second, managed to score two power play goals to see a tie game after two periods.

However, the ‘Canes surrendered two goals in 37 seconds en route to the loss. The loss was the ‘Canes fifth straight – but in four of those losses Lethbridge has played decent games. Three of the five losses have been by two goal deficits (two of those games saw the opponent score an empty net goal), and one by a single goal.

Meanwhile, the Pats are off to a five-hundred start to the new campaign under new head coach John Paddock. The Pats won the East Division a season ago with 85 points. However, the team was swept in the first round of the playoffs.

The Pats are coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss last night in Cranbrook to the Kootenay Ice. Regina ran into a hot goalie that stopped all 34 shots the Pats had in the game, while the Ice capitalized on a power play and scored the only goal they’d need on just 15 shots.

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 to hit the century mark this season – Riley Sheen earned his 100th career point last Saturday on an assist on Zane Jones’ goal in Kelowna. Watson is entering without a point in his last four games.

200 for Jones: Tonight will be the 200th game in the Western Hockey League for Zane Jones. It will be just the seventh game with the Hurricanes after being acquired in September from the Everett Silvertips. Jones has spent time with Everett, the Calgary Hitmen and Victoria Royals/Chilliwack Bruins in his career.

Need a Full Sixty: The Hurricanes have been competitive in four of their last five games and have been the better team in many parts of those games, however, have no come out on top. If the ‘Canes want to snap the losing streak and finally get in the win column, they need to play a full sixty minute game.

Regina Point of View

Scoring Depth: While only off to a five-hundred start, the Pats are carrying some offensive touch. Ten players have five or more points on the season. There is a three-way atop the scoring for Regina with Braden Christoffer, Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay each having scored eight points in nine games.

Steel Show: Sam Steel is off to a great start to his first full season in the Western Hockey League with the Pats. The 16-year-old has collected seven points (2g-5a) and a plus-6 rating in nine games this season. In the preseason, Steel had three points in a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes on August 30th in Regina.

Needs Points Tonight: Tonight is the second of a three-in-three road trip for the Pats. Last night was the first game having lost 1-0 in Kootenay. Tonight the Pats will want to pick up some points before an afternoon contest tomorrow to conclude their trip in Calgary against the Hitmen.

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