GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Raiders

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Prince Albert Raiders
Where: Art Hauser Centre
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Blades in 2013/14:
 2-2-0-0
Last Meeting: January 29th – 3-2 Lethbridge (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 3-8-0-1
‘Canes Home Record: 1-3-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 2-5-0-0

Raiders Record: 5-7-0-0
Raiders Home Record: 
4-4-0-0
Raiders Road Record: 1-3-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G, 8A, 11P)
Raiders Leading Scorer: Craig Leverton (5G, 5A, 10P) and Reid Gardiner (7G, 3A, 10P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are coming off a lopsided victory Friday night in Saskatoon as they dismantled the Blades by a 7-2 score – the highest out put of goals for a Hurricanes club that struggled to score goals. It was the second straight win for the ‘Canes, both coming on the road.

Secondary scoring is what helped the ‘Canes in the win. While they would’ve won the game with just the top line’s production, but three goals by Carter Folk and one by Kade Jensen shows what the ‘Canes can do when they have two or three lines that contribute on the score sheet.

The Hurricanes will need another balanced attack tonight when they take on the Prince Albert Raiders. The Raiders currently hold the second wild card position in the Eastern Conference playoff breakdown. However, the Raiders are coming off a loss last night to the Portland Winterhawks at home.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Back To Back: The Hurricanes have won back to back games for the first time this season. The ‘Canes are coming off a 7-2 victory Friday in Saskatoon. An offensive explosion considering the ‘Canes entered Friday’s game having only scored 1.50 goals per game on average away from home and 1.91 overall.

Slump Busters: The top line of Zane Jones, Riley Sheen and Jamal Watson finally got back in the act as the trio combined for eight points on the night. Jones (2g-1a) and Sheen (3a) each bumped three-game pointless droughts, while the Captain Jamal Watson snapped a five-game pointless streak with a goal and an assist – he also picked up career point 100 with an assist on Jones’ first goal of the game.

A Night of First’s: It was a night to remember for Carter Folk and Kade Jensen. Folk scored his first career WHL hat trick in the game as he extends his personal point scoring streak to three games (4g-1a) in that span. While Kade Jensen, who appeared in his 54th WHL game, finally broke through scoring his first WHL goal with a slap shot tally late in the game on a five-on-three power play.

Prince Albert Point of View

Leverton Lighting It Up: Former Lethbridge Hurricane Craig Leverton is off to a nice start for the Raiders this season. Leverton is tied for the team lead in scoring with Reid Gardiner. Both players have 10 points in 12 games. Leverton has five goals and five assists.

Morrissey’s Back: Winnipeg Jets’ first rounder Josh Morrissey was sent back to junior’s and has collected two goals and three assists for five points in seven games back with the Raiders. He is always a threat from the back end.

Clinging to Playoff Berth: The Raiders enter action tonight in the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With the adoption of the NHL’s divisional playoff format that includes Wild Cards. Prince Albert, who has 10 points on the season, currently holds the final Wild Card position.

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