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.

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