GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Pats

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Regina Pats
Where: Brandt Centre
When: 6pm puck drop, pregame at 5:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Pats in 2014/15:
 0-2-0-0
Last Meeting: October 26th/2014 – 8-1 Pats (in Regina)

‘Canes Record: 7-20-3-2
‘Canes Home Record: 3-9-2-2
‘Canes Road Record: 4-11-1-0

Pats Record: 20-11-1-0
Pats Home Record:
9-5-1-0
Pats Road Record: 11-6-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (11G, 13A, 24P)
Pats Leading Scorer: Dryden Hunt (12G, 23A, 35P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up the unofficial first half of the season tonight in Regina as they take on the Pats at the Brandt Centre. The ‘Canes are coming off a huge 6-4 win last night over the Moose Jaw Warriors, their first win in six games.

The Hurricanes were led by Tyler Wong and Kord Pankewicz offensively who each had three points in the game. The Hurricanes have played three pretty good games in a row despite only being victorious once in those games.

Tonight, the ‘Canes take on a tough Pats club who is coming off a 6-5 overtime win last night in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. Regina is 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games and currently hold down third place in the Eastern Conference. The Pats have won both games this year against the ‘Canes by 6-1 and 8-1 scores.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Head Into Break on Positive: It’s been a tough go as of late for the Hurricanes with changes in the coaching and general manager positions. To compound on that, the ‘Canes have only two wins in their last 17 games. With the ten day WHL Christmas Break kicking off tomorrow, the ‘Canes would love to head into the layoff with back to back wins.

Offense from Defense: New Head Coach and General Manager Peter Anholt likes his defense to be apart of the offense and that is exactly what Kord Pankewicz has been providing in recent games. The 18-year-old d-man is coming of a three point night (1g-2a) last night in Moose Jaw and enters riding a three game point scoring streak where he has collected five points (1g-4a) in that span.

Regina Point of View

Less Rest: Both the Hurricanes and Pats played last night. While the ‘Canes were back in Regina by 11pm SK time, the Pats did not return from Brandon until roughly 2:30am after the much longer trip. The ‘Canes were fast asleep by the time the Pats returned, so we will see how less rest will work for Regina.

Klimchuk Back: Things did not work out for World Junior hopeful Morgan Klimchuk as he was apart of the first cuts for Team Canada. The Flames draft pick is now back with the Pats, and that adds a very scary offensive dynamic to the Regina club.

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