GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Wheat Kings

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Brandon Wheat Kings
Where: Westman Place
When: 6:30pm puck drop, pregame at 6:15pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings in 2014/15:
 0-0-1-0
Last Meeting: October 31st/2014 – 5-4 overtime win for Wheat Kings (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 10-25-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-11-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 5-14-1-0

Wheat Kings Record: 31-9-3-1
Wheat Kings Home Record:
15-3-3-0
Wheat Kings Road Record: 16-6-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (15G, 17A, 32P)
Wheat Kings Leading Scorer: Tim McGauley (25G, 25A, 50P)

The Break Down

The Hurricanes hit the road for just the second time this month – the only road game this month was a 3-2 loss in Edmonton on January 2nd. The ‘Canes are coming off a 1-2-0-1 home stand after dropping the last two games by 5-3 scores to Calgary and Red Deer.

Tonight, the ‘Canes face one of the best teams in the country who have won two straight games. The Wheat Kings are currently sitting second in the entire WHL and lead the Eastern Conference by six points – Medicine Hat is the closest team with 60 points. The Wheat Kings are coming off a 2-1 win in Edmonton on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes and Wheat Kings have met once this season when Brandon picked up a 5-4 overtime win at the ENMAX Centre. Ivan Provorov led all scorers collecting a goal and two assists. Jamal Watson had two goals for the Hurricanes. The ‘Canes lost both games in Brandon last year by 5-3 and 6-2 scores.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Return To Town: Tonight marks the first time that former Wheat Kings Kord Pankewicz and Ryley Lindgren will play in the building they used to call home. The two, along with Brett Kitt who was reassigned to Junior-A last weekend, were traded to the Hurricanes in the Reid Duke-Macoy Erkamps trade in September.

Success In The East: The Hurricanes this season have had success against East Division opponents posting an above five-hundred record (6-5-2-0). The ‘Canes have also won 4 of 6 on the road against the East Division, the only losses coming in Regina and Swift Current.

Brandon Point of View

Lethal Attack: The Wheat Kings are the highest scoring team in the Western Hockey League having found the back of the net 191 times in their 44 games this season – that’s an averagae of 4.34 per game. The Wheaties have 10 players with 30 or more points on the season, and four with 40 or more.

Beefed Up: Kelly McRimmon, the man who basically wears every hat for the Wheat Kings, executed some more brilliant trades leading up to the WHL trade deadline last Saturday. The Wheat Kings picked up Calgary Flames prospect Morgan Klimchuk from the Regina Pats and also acquired overage defenseman Reid Gow from the Spokane Chiefs – Gow was playing university hockey before deciding to return to the WHL in hopes of a long playoff run with his home province Wheat Kings.

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