GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Rebels

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Red Deer Rebels
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Rebels in 2014/15:
 0-2-1-0
Last Meeting: January 3rd/2015 – 3-2 shootout win for Rebels (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 10-24-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-10-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 5-14-1-0

Rebels Record: 23-14-3-2
Rebels Home Record:
13-6-1-1
Rebels Road Record: 10-8-2-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Jamal Watson (16G, 15A, 31P) and Tyler Wong (14G, 17A, 31P)
Rebels Leading Scorer: Connor Gay (22G, 26A, 48P)

The Break Down

What a crazy last seven days it has been for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and especially new Head Coach and General Manager Peter Anholt. In the last week, the Hurricanes have seen 11 roster moves, including eight trades, three reassignments, and one waiver claim; as well as two games.

The Hurricanes have seen all those roster moves, and collected a weekend split at home with a 4-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Friday followed by a 5-3 loss on Saturday to the Calgary Hitmen. The Hurricanes are currently 1-1-0-1 in the first three games of this season-long four game home stand. In the ten games since Anholt took over the reigns and stepped back behind the bench, the Hurricanes have posted a record of 4-5-0-1.

Tonight, the ‘Canes see their four game home stand book-ended by a game against the Red Deer Rebels – the same Rebels that lost 3-2 in a shootout ten days ago to open this home stand. The Rebels are rolling having won three straight games and a 6-3-0-1 record in their last ten games. Red Deer currently sits second in the Central Division with 51 points and are 3-0-0-0 versus the ‘Canes this season.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Dynamic Duo: Giorgio Estephan and Brayden Burke, who are both still only 17 years old, are quickly showing the chemistry they have been able to build on since playing together as kids growing up in Edmonton. The two have combined for 10 points (5g-5a) in the last two outings. Both are coming off three point efforts in the game against Calgary and since returning to the lineup Friday, Estephan has had back-to-back three point games. He has 14 points (6g-8a) in his last seven contests.

Dust Settled for Deadline: Hurricanes Head Coach and General Manager Peter Anholt was the busiest of all the GM’s in the WHL leading up to the Saturday trade deadline. It can now be said that this is Anholt’s team. Since last Tuesday, Anholt made 11 roster moves seeing eight players and three draft picks leave (Cooper, Sayers, Warkentine, Jones, Hackman, Bricker, Kitt, Robidoux, a 7th in 2015, a 5th in 2016, and an 8th in 2017) and six players and three draft picks come back (Brady Reagan, Jayden Sittler, Mike Winther, Johnny Wesley, Scott Allan, Florian Baltram, a 12th in 2015, a 5th in 2016 and a 7th in 2017.)

Red Deer Point of View

Sheen-ery: Former Hurricane Riley Sheen has been rolling along since being acquired by Red Deer. In 14 games with the Rebels, the 20-year-old forward, has scored 17 points (9g-8a) and is coming off a two goal game against Brandon on Saturday. The Edmonton product has been held off the score sheet just three times since the early December trade and has had five multi-point efforts with the Rebels. Tonight will be the final time to see Sheen in Lethbridge in his WHL career.

Savvy Moves: The Rebels Owner, Governor, President, General Manager, and Head Coach Brent Sutter has flexed his “veteran” muscles the last month or so making some very savvy moves since the beginning of December that was kicked off by the Riley Sheen trade with the Hurricanes. Six separate trades have seen seven players and five draft picks leave (Devan Fafard, Brayden Burke, Mason McCarty, Nick Charif, Kolton Dixon, Tyler Sandhu, Jake Leschyshyn, two 2nd’s in 2015, a 1st in 2016, a 6th in 2016, and a conditional 4th in 2017). Coming back to the Rebels are six players in seven draft picks (Riley Sheen, Austin Adamson, Nelson Nogier, Colton Bobyk, Trevor Martin, Connor Gay, a 2nd in 2015, a 1st in 2016, two 4th’s in 2016, a 4th in 2017, a 5th in 2017 and a conditional 7th in 2017).

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