GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Tigers

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Medicine Hat Tigers
Where: Medicine Hat Arena
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2014/15:
 1-3-0-0
Last Meeting: December 28th/2014 – 8-4 Tigers (in Medicine Hat)

‘Canes Record: 11-28-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 6-12-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 5-16-1-0

Tigers Record: 33-12-1-1
Tigers Home Record:
19-5-1-0
Tigers Road Record: 14-7-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (19G, 18A, 37P)
Tigers Leading Scorer: Trevor Cox (20G, 60A, 80P)

The Break Down

The Hurricanes play the first of four games in the next five nights tonight as they visit the Medicine Hat Tigers in Medicine Hat. The ‘Canes have won once in four tries against the Tigers this year – their lone win, a 6-5 triumph on December 27th.

The ‘Canes are coming off a big 7-4 win over the Prince George Cougars on Saturday night at the ENMAX Centre that snapped a five-game losing streak. The ‘Canes saw three point efforts from Florian Baltram (2g-1a), Giorgio Estephan (1g-2a), Ryley Lindgren and Brayden Burke who all had three assists.

Tonight, they take on one of the toughest teams in the WHL. The Tigers currently sit first in the Central Division with 68 points and hold down the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Medicine Hat has won four straight games after beating the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday afternoon at Rexall Place.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Secondary Scoring: The ‘Canes finally saw some secondary scoring, something that was desperately needed. The ‘Canes top line of Tyler Wong, Giorgio Estephan and Brayden Burke combined for eight points in Saturday’s 7-4 win. The second line of Florian Baltram, Ryley Lindgren and Mike Winther also combined for eight points in the game.

AP Call-Up: The Hurricanes, who called up Ryan Vandervlis on Saturday for the third time since he was re-assigned to Midget-AAA, will call up yet another young prospect. Zane Franklin will make his WHL debut tonight as he will suit up for the ‘Canes wearing jersey #11. The just 16-year-old has picked up 31 points (11g-20a) in 26 games with the Lloydminster Bobcats Midget AAA hockey team this season.

Medicine Hat Point of View

Fire Power: The Tigers boast the top two scorers in the entire WHL as Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford sit 1-2 in league scoring. Cox, who has 80 points (20g-60a), has more assists than all but just seven other players in the WHL have points. While Cox leads the league in assists, it just so happens that Sanford leads the league in goals with 40 – he also has 32 assists to go along with his 40 tallies.

Stacked D: While they have some artillery up front, the Tigers also have one of the deepest blue lines in the WHL. Tyler Lewington, Ty Stanton, Tommy Vanelli, Matt Staples, Kyle Becker, Ty Schultz, David Quenneville, and Kyle Burroughs make up the eight d-men currently on the Tigers roster.

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