‘Canes vs. Raiders in 2014/15: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: Last Saturday – 3-1 win for Lethbridge (in Prince Albert)
‘Canes Record: 4-9-0-1
‘Canes Home Record: 1-3-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-6-0-0
Raiders Record: 6-8-0-0
Raiders Home Record: 4-5-0-0
Raiders Road Record: 2-3-0-0
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G, 9A, 12P)
Raiders Leading Scorer: Craig Leverton (6G, 5A, 11P) and Jordan Tkatch (2G, 9A, 11P)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes return home tonight to begin a stretch of four out of five on home ice as they host the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes are coming off a very impressive four game road trip that saw them earn six of a possible eight points away from home with wins in Edmonton (2-1 in a shootout), Saskatoon (7-2) and in Prince Albert (3-1) before falling the final game of the trip in Regina Sunday by an 8-1 score.
The Hurricanes played much better hockey on the road winning different styles of game and proving that they can score goals and play well defensively. The Hurricanes for the first time this season surrendered less than 30 shots in Saturday’s win over the Raiders and proved that when the top line of Riley Sheen, Zane Jones, and Jamal Watson score, with the aid of some secondary scoring, the Hurricanes can be a strong team.
Tonight, the Hurricanes play the Raiders for the second time in three games. Saturday’s 3-1 win saw Stuart Skinner come 39.9 seconds away from his first WHL shutout, but a last minute goal by Jayden Hart foiled that. Taylor Cooper had a goal and two assists, Giorgio Estephan picked up two helpers for his first multi-point game of the season while Andrew Nielsen scored his first WHL goal.
The Raiders are coming off an impressive 5-0 victory over the Kootenay Ice last night in Cranbrook. The Raiders out shot the Ice 45-29 in the game as Nick McBride picked up his first shutout of the season. Five different goal scorers lit the lamp for PA in the win, including former Hurricane Craig Leverton who shares the team lead in scoring with 11 points. Lethbridge Point of View
Top Line Gone Cold: With the exception of Friday’s 7-2 win in Saskatoon where the trio of Jones, Sheen and Watson combined for three goals and nine points, the top scoring unit has gone MIA. Watson has two points in his last nine games – pointless in eight of his last nine games. Sheen has four points in his last six games, but all of them came in Saskatoon – he is pointless in five of his last six games. While Jones has three points in his last six games, all coming versus the Blades – he is pointless in seven of his last nine games.
Skinner-less: With Stuart Skinner gone for the next two weeks at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario, the net is now Zac Robidoux’s, at least for the next five games. The 18-year-old Manitoba native has appeared in six games this season and has a record of 0-4-0-0. If the ‘Canes hope to continue their hot play and keep getting wins, it’s time of Robidoux to do his best impersonation of Skinner.
Prince Albert Point of View
Back On Track: The Raiders after dropping two straight games to the Hurricanes and Winterhawks by a combined score of 8-3, found their scoring touch again last night in Kootenay with a 5-0 win. The Raiders will hope that scoring touch will continue against a Skinner-less Hurricanes.
Balanced Scoring Attack: One of the Raiders best offensive players, Reid Gardiner, is out of the line up with an upper body injury. But the team is getting things done. Former Hurricane forward Craig Leverton is tied atop the leader board for the Raiders in the point department with 11 points – Jordan Tkatch also has that same total