GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Warriors

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Moose Jaw Warriors
Where: Mosaic Place
When: 6pm puck drop, pregame at 5:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Warriors in 2014/15:
 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: November 22nd/2014 – 5-1 Warriors (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 6-20-3-2
‘Canes Home Record: 3-9-2-2
‘Canes Road Record: 3-11-1-0

Warriors Record: 15-15-2-1
Warriors Home Record:
9-5-2-0
Warriors Road Record: 6-10-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Zane Jones (15G, 7A, 22P)
Warriors Leading Scorer: Jack Rodewald (18G, 29A, 47P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes get set to play the final two games before the ten-day Christmas break tonight as they visit the Moose Jaw Warriors for the first of two meetings at Mosaic Place this season.

The Hurricanes kicked off a new era on Sunday as Peter Anholt made his debut behind the ‘Canes bench after being named the new Head Coach and General Manager on last Wednesday. The Hurricanes played a strong game under the new bench boss, but failed to get a win for Anholt falling 4-2 to the Blazers.

The Warriors on the other hand are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Red Deer Rebels and currently sit one point out of eighth in the Eastern Conference standings as Kootenay Ice holds down the final playoff spot in the East.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Sixty Minutes A Must: The Hurricanes need to play a full sixty minutes in order to get results. The Hurricanes played a very strong game against Kamloops on Sunday, but a 46 second lapse in the final minute of the first period cost them the game when the Blazers score three goals in that span.

Offense from Defense: Anholt likes his defenseman to jump up into the rush and the ‘Canes showed that Sunday. The D was activated, pinching in, and the forwards used the D better than most of the season. Should that continue, there should be more scoring chances which will hopefully see more goals.

Moose Jaw Point of View

Point-less: The Warriors are without their Captain and reigning leading scorer Brayden Point who remains at World Juniors training camp. While without point, the Warriors still have some weapons in Jack Rodewald and Tanner Eberle, among others.

Sawchenko Superb: Not yet 17 years old, Zach Sawchenko has been terrific so far for the Warriors. The sophomore goaltender has a 9-8-1-0 record with a 3.02 goals against, a .902 save percentage and two shutouts this season.

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