GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Tigers

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Medicine Hat Tigers
Where: Medicine Hat Arena
When: 6pm puck drop, pregame at 5:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2014/15:
 1-2-0-0
Last Meeting: December 27th/2014 – 6-5 Hurricanes (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 9-20-3-2
‘Canes Home Record: 4-9-2-2
‘Canes Road Record: 5-11-1-0

Tigers Record: 24-9-1-1
Tigers Home Record:
14-4-1-0
Tigers Road Record: 10-5-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (12G, 16A, 28P) & Zane Jones (17G, 11A, 28P)
Tigers Leading Scorer: Trevor Cox (12G, 44A, 56P) – tied for 1st in WHL with Kelowna’s Nick Merkley

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off the second half of the season the way they finished the first half, with a win. The Hurricanes won their third straight game last night over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre by a 6-5 score.

Zane Jones led the way offensively for the Hurricanes scoring twice and adding an assist. Jones also scored the game winning goal with just 2:24 left in the game only 37 seconds after Steven Owre had tied the game. Giorgio Estephan scored for the second straight game, while the captain Jamal Watson notched his 14th and 15th goals of the season in the win, he’s now just three shy of the total he had last season.

The Tigers played a terrific third period last night, but couldn’t hold off the Hurricanes attack. Medicine Hat threw 47 shots on goal in the game, and despite the loss, played strong enough to win. Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford were relatively quiet as the two combined for just two points, both assists for Cox.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Three in a Row: The Hurricanes since the coaching change that saw Peter Anholt take over coaching and GM duties from Drake Berehowsky and Brad Robson, have posted a record of 3-1-0-1 and have won three straight games for just the second time this season. The ‘Canes are also getting some run support for the goalies as well. In the three wins, the ‘Canes have scored five or more goals in each of them putting the puck in the net 17 times in the three wins.

Scoring Prowess: The offensive struggles for the Hurricanes has been well documented, however, the ‘Canes have scored 17 goals in the last three games. And six players are riding 3+ game point streak. Jamal Watson, Giorgio Estephan, Tyler Wong, Taylor Cooper and Jaeger White all have points in three straight, while Zane Jones has points in four consecutive outings.

Medicine Hat Point of View

Ast Promoted: Having only appeared in 10 games this season with the Tigers, Anthony Ast saw some time between Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford last night. Ast, who had a goal, replaced Steven Owre for the second half of the game. Owre also scored in the contest, so it shall be interesting to see what Shaun Clouston decides to do tonight.

Big Four on D: The Tigers have a big and strong defense. The top four of Tommy Vannelli, Ty Stanton, Tyler Lewington and Kyle Becker are both physical and tough to play against with an ability to put points up. Lewington and Vannelli each have 25 points on the season, while Stanton has 15 and Becker 16.

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