GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Chiefs

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Spokane Chiefs
Where: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
When: 8pm puck drop, pregame at 7:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Chiefs in 2013/14:
 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: November 8th/2013 – 6-2 for the Chiefs (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 6-16-3-1
‘Canes Home Record: 3-7-2-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-9-1-0

Chiefs Record: 13-7-3-0
Chiefs Home Record:
6-5-2-0
Chiefs Road Record: 7-2-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G,19A, 22P)
Chiefs Leading Scorer: Adam Helewka (13G, 17A, 30P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a two-game US road trip tonight when they take on the Spokane Chiefs for the first and only meeting this season. The ‘Canes are coming off a 4-1 loss last night in Tri-City to the Americans.

The Hurricanes enter action have dropped ten of their last 11 games and five straight on the road. The ‘Canes currently hold a 6-16-3-1 record and sit in the basement of the Central Division.

The Chiefs, however, are off to a pretty good start to the season. They current sit third in the US division with a record of 13-7-3-0 record and are coming off a 4-2 win on Wednesday night over the Victoria Royals.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Wins A Premium: The Hurricanes have had a tough go in the month of November. The ‘Canes are current 1-7-2-0 this month and have lost ten of 11 games. Saturday will be their last game of the month.

Washington Woes: The Hurricanes had a long losing streak in Tri-City continued last night with a 4-1 loss to the Americans – their last win in Kennewick was December 11th/1999. Much the same in Spokane, the ‘Canes haven’t won a game at Spokane Arena since 2003.

Spokane Point of View

Helewka Terrific: Adam Helewka has been outstanding for the Chiefs this season. The veteran after 50 points a year ago in 62 games, is well on pace to shatter that. In his first 20 games of the season, Helewka has 30 points (13g-17a)

Offense From Defense: Jason Fram, much like Helewka, has been terrific this year. Fram, who had an impressive 57 points as an 18-year-old last year is poised to better that this year. In 22 games, Fram has 23 points.

Americans Take Out Hurricanes

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Lethbridge Hurricanes (6-16-3-1)     vs.     Tri-City Americans (15-11-0-0)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off their first of two US road trips Friday night in Kennewick, Washington with a game against the Tri-City Americans, a team the ‘Canes haven’t defeated since January of 2008.

The Americans used their speed and skill, and played their top line of Brian Williams, Lucas Nickles and Richard Nejezchleb a ton, and it worked to their advantage as they would skate to a 4-1 victory.

The Amerks came out flying early in the first period taking the pace to the Hurricanes club that had traveled from Lethbridge to Spokane Thursday and Spokane to Kennewick just for the game. The Hurricanes didn’t play a bad first period by any means, however, the lone goal was scored by Tri-City at the 16:53 mark as Ty Comrie jumped on a rebound and beat Skinner to make it 1-0 – Lucas Nickles and Justin Hamonic picked up the assists. Tri-City held the edge in shots in the first period 15-6.

The Amerks out shot the ‘Canes 10-6 in the second, but there would be three goals – one for Lethbridge, two for Tri-City. Just 1:36 into the period, Nickles beat Skinner short side to make it 2-0 – Nejezchleb picked up the lone assist. However, just 54 seconds later, Tyler Wong hooked one to the net and Taylor Cooper was johnny-on-the-spot to bang home a loose puck to cut the lead in half, 2-1 Tri. Both teams had their chances, but at the 12:38 mark Vladislav Lukin lucked out for his fifth goal of the year. Lukin, tried to centre a pass to Williams, but the puck ricocheted off a Hurricane defenseman and passed Skinner to make it 3-1 after two periods.

In the third, the Americans would add another. At the 9:45 mark, Brian Williams beat Skinner low to the blocker to give them a 4-1 lead. After that, tempers would start to boil over. Maxwell James, who fought Brett Kitt late in the second period, would fight again going toe-to-toe with Carter Folk. Folk connected with probably the best punch right to the jaw-bone of James. While the linesmen were separating Folk and James, another fight broke out between Austyn Playfair and Kitt as things unraveled. Tri-City would go on to the 4-1 win.

The Americans held the edge in shots 41-15 in the game. Both teams failed to score on the power play – the ‘Canes went 0/3 while the Ams went 0/4.

Three stars of the game were:

1) Americans – #9 Lucas Nickles – (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) Americans – #21 Vladislav Lukin – (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Americans – #26 Brian Williams – (1 goal, 1 assist)

The “Kennewick Curse” was in effect on Friday. The Hurricanes have not won in Tri-City since December 11th/1999 – a span over nearly 15 years. And they will have to wait for another two years to try and snap the streak.

The Hurricanes fall to 6-16-3-1 on the season, and will have an opportunity to get back in the win column tomorrow when they take on the Spokane Chiefs.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Americans

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Tri-City Americans
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 8pm puck drop, pregame at 7:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Americans in 2013/14:
 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: November 2nd/2013 – 8-1 for the Americans (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 6-15-3-1
‘Canes Home Record: 3-7-2-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-8-1-0

Americans Record: 14-11-0-0
Americans Home Record:
8-4-0-0
Americans Road Record: 6-7-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G,19A, 22P)
Americans Leading Scorer: Parker Bowles (8G, 17A, 25P)

The Break Down

After a 4-0 shutout win on Wednesday at home against the Vancouver Giants, the Lethbridge Hurricanes play game one of a two-game US road trip – the first of two trips to the United States this season.

The Hurricanes blanked the Giants Wednesday on the back of a 37-save shutout for 16-year-old goaltender Stuart Skinner, his first shutout in the Western Hockey League. In the game, Jaeger White collected his first WHL point along with his first WHL goal skating on a line with Riley Sheen and Jamal Watson. Sheen himself had a career game, matching a career-high four points (four assists).

The Americans are off to a nice bounce back season after going under five-hundred last year, even though they made the post-season last year. The Amerks are off to a 14-11-0-0 and are currently third in a strong US Division. Tri-City is coming off a 4-1 loss to the powerhouse Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday. The Americans have lost two straight at home, but are still 8-4-0-0 at the Toyota Center.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Been A While: To say the least, it’s been a while since the Hurricanes last won a game in Tri-City. In fact, the last victory in Kennewick was December 11th/1999 – a span of 14 years, 11 months, and 28 days.

Captain Leading: Team Captain Jamal Watson has been leading by example in the last two games, and getting rewarded for it. Watson has collected five points (3g-2a) in the last two outings. Watson was a plus-3 in Wednesday’s win.

Tri-City Point of View

Special Teams: The Americans special teams are great. Both their power play and penalty kill are each in the top six of the WHL and are even better at home. Tri-City has the top ranked home penalty kill and the third best power play.

Bowles On Pace: A year ago, Parker Bowles was better than a point per game. In 39 games a year ago, Bowles collected 40 points (15g-25a). So far this year, he leads the Americans in scoring with 25 points (8g-17a) in 25 games.

‘Canes Trip Up Giants

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Lethbridge Hurricanes (6-15-3-1)     vs.     Vancouver Giants (9-17-0-0)

IMG_5792The Lethbridge Hurricanes had a major sigh of relief Wednesday for countless reasons, the biggest being a 4-0 shutout victory of the Vancouver Giants to end a nine game losing streak.

The Hurricanes saw the return of Stuart Skinner from injury. The 16-year-old goalie who had missed the last ten games due to an upper-body injury and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge didn’t miss a beat picking up where he left off as he steered aside all 37 shots he faced in the game for his first WHL shutout.

IMG_5799The Hurricanes wasted no time as the Captain Jamal Watson scored just one minute into the game as he notched his first of two in the game and 11th of the season – Riley Sheen had the assist, the first of four in the game. The Hurricanes played a terrific first ten minutes, Vancouver came on in the middle part of the period, but the ‘Canes held the lead 1-0 after twenty minutes of play. Lethbridge had the edge in shots 13-10.

IMG_5793The Giants did a good job to kill off an early ‘Canes power play in the second and after that took over. Vancouver controlled the majority of the period out shooting the Hurricanes, but could not solve Skinner who was outstanding in his return. On a late period power play, while four-on-three, Jaeger White found Andrew Nielsen who ripped it by Cody Porter to make it 2-0 – for White, his first career WHL point. The ‘Canes held a 2-0 lead through two periods.

IMG_5801In the third, the Giants continued to pepper Skinner but he was on his game and would steer everything aside. The ‘Canes made it 3-0 at the 12:34 mark when Watson scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season. Before the game was over, White would blast one by Porter at the 17:28 mark for his first career WHL goal making it 4-0. Riley Sheen picked up his fourth assist on the White goal matching a career-high for points in a game matching his four assist night in Saskatoon last month.

The Hurricanes were out shot 37-34 on the night. The ‘Canes went 1/3 on the power play, the Giants went 0/2.

IMG_5798Three stars of the game were:

1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (37 saves, first WHL shutout)
2) ‘Canes – #7 Jaeger White – (1 goal, 1 assist – first WHL point, first WHL goal)
3) ‘Canes – #17 Jamal Watson – (2 goals, including GWG)

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With the win, the Hurricanes snapped a nine game skid and earn just their first win in the month of November, they are now 1-6-2-0 this month. Skinner has now earned wins in four of his last five starts and is back to five-hundred on the season.

The Hurricanes now head south to the United States to complete the month of November with games in Tri-City on Friday and Spokane on Saturday – both are 8pm starts.

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GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Giants

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

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‘Canes vs. Giants in 2013/14:
 0-2-0-0
Last Meeting: February 19th /2014 – 5-2 for the Giants (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 5-15-3-1
‘Canes Home Record: 2-7-2-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-8-1-0

Giants Record: 9-16-0-0
Giants Home Record:
7-7-0-0
Giants Road Record: 2-9-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G,15A, 18P)
Giants Leading Scorer: Carter Popoff (13G, 11A, 24P)

The Break Down

After a 0-3 weekend and a tough November, the Lethbridge Hurricanes get back at it tonight as they play host to the Vancouver Giants at the ENMAX Centre in the first of two meetings in Lethbridge this season.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-3 loss Sunday to the Prince Albert Raiders in a game that saw the Captain Jamal Watson score his first ever three point game (1g-2a). The Hurricanes held three separate leads in the contest, but failed to hang on to them as the Raiders continued to battle back in the game.

Tonight, the ‘Canes host a Giants club that is coming off a 6-1 drubbing last night in Medicine Hat. Vancouver is off to an up and down start to the year and are battling consistency issues. The Giants currently sit last place in the Western Conference with a 9-16-0-0 record on the season – the first year under new head coach Troy G. Ward after to succeeded Don Hay who was with Vancouver for ten years before moving to Kamloops to overtake coaching duties with the Blazers.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Goals Against: The Hurricanes have been battling a multitude of things, but one of the main plagues recently has been the number of goals against. In the nine straight losses, the Hurricanes have allowed 42 goals – a goals against average of 4.67

Super Cooper: Taylor Cooper is playing his best hockey of the season. In his last eight games, Cooper has collected six points (3g-3a). Cooper has been in the right spots on the ice in recent weeks. Cooper’s production has been no coincidence, that he has been on a line with Tyler Wong who himself has points in 13 of his last 17 games.

Vancouver Point of View

Giants Busy: The Vancouver Giants are in the midst of one of their busiest stretches of the season. Tonight will be their sixth game in the last nine days. This will be the second of a four game road trip that will sees the G-men roll through Alberta.

Dynamic Trio: Carter Popoff, Joel Hamilton, and Jackson Houck have been terrific for the Giants this year as the three are at, or close to, a point per game. Popoff, who led the Giants in scoring a year ago, holds that honour so far this year. The Richmond native has 24 points in 24 games.

3 Points from Watson Not Enough for ‘Canes

 

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Lethbridge Hurricanes (5-15-3-1)     vs.     Prince Albert Raiders (11-13-0-0)

IMG_5593Jamal Watson’s first career three point game was not enough for his Lethbridge Hurricanes who dropped their ninth consecutive game Sunday evening at the ENMAX Centre, 5-3 to the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Hurricanes welcomed the Raiders to town for the final of two times this season, the last was October 29th at the ENMAX Centre, a 5-2 win for the ‘Canes – coincidentally, the last win for Lethbridge.

IMG_5598The Hurricanes started the game with a jump looking like a completely different team. The ‘Canes dominated the Raiders early out skating them and out chancing them. Using their speed, the ‘Canes managed to get the second-least penalized team in the WHL to take three penalties in the opening period as they were chasing the ‘Canes. Lethbridge took advantage of the man advantage as Bryton Sayers scored his first goal of the season at the 13:03 mark – Watson and Kade Jensen picked up the helpers as the ‘Canes lead 1-0 after one period. Shots favoured the Hurricanes 15-9 in the first.

IMG_5597Prince Albert would equalize early in the second period as Jayden Hart jumped on a loose puck after a Zac Robidoux save to make it 1-1. However, the ‘Canes came right back as the top line got in on the act. Zane Jones scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season just 49 seconds after the Hart goal – Riley Sheen and Watson had the assists. The Hurricanes and Raiders played an even period, but at the 17:10 mark, Gage Quinney cut out of the left corner and out waited a sprawled Robidoux to tie the game 2-2 after forty minutes.

IMG_5601In the third, Jones returned the favour to Watson as he sprung the Captain on a breakaway and Watson made no mistake giving the ‘Canes a 3-2 lead on a deke to the backhand just 6:05 into the period. Prince Albert didn’t waste any time responding as just 19 seconds later Quinney sniped one over the glove of Robidoux to once again tie the game, 3-3. Later in the period, at the 14:46 mark, Jets draft pick Josh Morrissey uncorked a slapper from the blue line to give PA their first lead of the game, 4-3. Then, with under a minute left in the game, the Raiders added insurance as Reid Gardiner beat the ‘Canes goalie to ice a 5-3 win, just their first of the year against the Hurricanes.

Shots in the game were tied 35-35. ‘Canes went 1/5 on the power play, while the Raiders went 0/3.

IMG_5596Three stars in the game were:

1) Raiders – #28 Gage Quinney – (2 goals)
2) ‘Canes – #17 Jamal Watson – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #8 Bryton Sayers – (1 goal)

The Hurricanes have now lost nine straight games, five in six in regulation. Lethbridge will play host to the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday night in the first of two meetings this season – both will come in Lethbridge.

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GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Raiders

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Prince Albert Raiders
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 4pm puck drop, pregame at 3:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Raiders in 2014/15:
 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: October 29th /2014 – 5-2 for the ‘Canes (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 5-14-3-1
‘Canes Home Record: 2-6-2-1
‘Canes Road Record: 3-8-1-0

Raiders Record: 10-13-0-0
Raiders Home Record:
6-9-0-0
Raiders Road Record: 4-4-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Riley Sheen (3G,14A, 17P)
Raiders Leading Scorer: Craig Leverton (12G, 11A, 23P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to get back to winning ways Sunday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders. The Hurricanes have lost a season-long eight straight games. The ‘Canes are coming off their second 5-1 loss in a row last night to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Today, they play their first Sunday home game against a Raiders club they’ve already beaten twice this year. The ‘Canes skated to a 3-1 win October 25th in Prince Albert, while following it up with a 5-2 triumph at the ENMAX Centre on the 29th of October.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Sheen-ery: Riley Sheen has proved in the past that he is an offensive catalyst and can create something out of nothing, however, in recent weeks he hasn’t been as magical. While Sheen is the leading scorer for the Hurricanes, he hasn’t been his regular self and the ‘Canes need him to get back to a point per game pace if they want to put some wins together.

Raider Right Medicine: The Hurricanes enter this afternoon’s game against the Prince Albert Raiders having recorded a perfect 2-0 record against the club from Northern Saskatchewan. The ‘Canes have outscored the Raiders 8-3 in two games, and Andrew Nielsen has scored both of his WHL goals against PA.

Prince Albert Point of View

Two Straight: The Raiders enters today’s game having not played since Friday night when they skated to a 6-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos. Prince Albert has won two straight games and they will be the fresher team having had Saturday off.

New Bench Boss: This offseason saw countless teams change coaches, including Moose Jaw, Kelowna, Edmonton and Portland, and while the Raiders started the season with incumbent coach Cory Clouston, there has been a changing of guard behind the PA bench. At the beginning of November, Marc Habscheid was named the 14th coach in Raiders history. The club has been playing below five-hundred since the coaching change but remain in the conversation for a Wild Card playoff spot.