GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Blazers

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

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‘Canes vs. Blazers in 2014/15:
 0-1-0-1
Last Meeting: October 10th/2014 – 3-1 Blazers (in Kamloops)

‘Canes Record: 6-19-3-2
‘Canes Home Record: 3-8-2-2
‘Canes Road Record: 3-11-1-0

Blazers Record:
Blazers Home Record:

Blazerss Road Record: 

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (9G, 12A, 21P)
Blazers Leading Scorer: Cole Ully (15G, 30A, 45P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play the final home game at the ENMAX Centre tonight before the Christmas Break. The Hurricanes are coming off a hard fought 4-3 shootout loss on Wednesday night against the league-leading Kelowna Rockets. The Hurricanes battled back from a 3-1 third period deficit forcing OT before Nick Merkley scored the shootout winner in the fourth round.

Today will be the debut of new head coach and general manager Peter Anholt behind the bench. Anholt was named the replacement for the fired Drake Berehowsky and Brad Robson on Wednesday. He currently sits 10th all time in WHL wins (450) and 6th all time in games coach (973).

The Hurricanes will play the final of three meetings this season against the Kamloops Blazers. The Blazers have won both meetings this season against the ‘Canes, the latest a 3-1 defeat at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops back on October 10th. The game before was a 3-2 shootout win at the ENMAX Centre on October 3rd.

The Blazers, much like the Hurricanes, are reeling as of late with wins hard to come by. The Blazers have a 1-8-1-0 record in their last ten games and have lost five straight. The ‘Canes are 1-8-0-1 in their last ten and have lost five straight as well.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Moral Victory: While the Hurricanes didn’t pick up two points on Wednesday night, they did collect one against the powerhouse Kelowna Rockets who had only allowed opponents 11 of 62 points this season. It isn’t a win, but should feel like one for the ‘Canes as they battled back from a 3-1 third period deficit eventually losing in a shootout.

New Face Behind the Bench: The Hurricanes will play their first game under new head coach and general manager Peter Anholt tonight. Anholt, who was named as the replacement for Berehowsky and Robson on Wednesday, will look to captain this ship back in the right direction.

Kelowna Point of View

Smouldering Blazers: Tonight will be the Blazers fourth game of a five game Central Division road trip and will be their fourth game in five nights. Kamloops has been struggling in recent weeks posting a 1-8-1-0 record in their last ten games, and five straight losses.

Second Half Struggles: This season, in the second of a back-to-back the Blazers are a dismal 0-7-2-2. Today will be their second of a back-to-back after falling 5-3 in Calgary to the Hitmen last night.

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