GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Cougars

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

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‘Canes vs. Cougars in 2014/15:
 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: October 8th/2014 – 6-2 Cougars (in Prince George)

‘Canes Record: 10-28-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-12-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 5-16-1-0

Cougars Record: 20-27-1-1
Cougars Home Record:
10-15-0-1
Cougars Road Record: 10-12-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (18G, 17A, 35P)
Cougars Leading Scorer: Jansen Harkins (14G, 39A, 53P)

The Break Down

The Hurricanes play the second of back-to-back at home tonight as they host the Prince George Cougars to the ENMAX Centre for the only time this season. The ‘Canes are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Giants last night at home.

Tyler Wong scored both goals for the Hurricanes last night, both coming on the power play. Giorgio Estephan Brayden Burke, Kord Pankewicz and Kade Jensen all had assists. Stuart Skinner made 25 saves in the loss.

The Cougars meanwhile are coming off a 5-2 loss last night in Medicine Hat. The Cougars are struggling recently having lost eight straight games. Prince George currently sits in a three-way tie with Vancouver and Kamloops with 42 points. PG has played the most games in the WHL at 49.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Secondary Scoring: The ‘Canes when they play well and win games, much like every other team at any level, succeed when they have more than one line that produces offensively. Lately, the ‘Canes have one had one scoring line (Wong-Estephan-Burke). If the ‘Canes want to win games, more people need to find the back of the net.

Five Straight: The Hurricanes have been struggling recently having lost five straight games. The ‘Canes have just one win in January, but have been playing strong enough to win some games. The ‘Canes will look to try and pick up some points and build upon a tough 3-2 loss a night ago to Vancouver.

Prince George Point of View

Local Kid: The Cougars boast the only Lethbridge-born player in the WHL currently on their roster as 16-year-old Kody McDonald is in his rookie season with the club from Prince George. McDonald scored his first WHL goal on October 8th against the ‘Canes and will play his first game in his hometown in the WHL tonight. He played for the Lethbridge Hurricanes Midget AAA team last year.

Cougars Listed: Four Cougars cracked the list for the NHL CSS midterm rankings. That is second most among WHL teams as Regina had the most with five on the radar. Prince George’s Jansen Harkins, who’s having a terrific sophomore year, was ranked 18th among North American skaters and fifth among WHL skaters. Jared Bethune came in at #101, Tate Olson at #106 and Brad Morrison cracked the list at #150.

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