GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Ice

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

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‘Canes vs. Ice in 2014/15:
 0-2-1-0
Last Meeting: November 21st/2014 – 5-1 Ice (in Kootenay)

‘Canes Record: 11-29-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 6-12-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 5-17-1-0

Ice Record: 26-22-0-1
Ice Home Record:
16-8-0-0
Ice Road Record: 10-14-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (20G, 18A, 38P)
Ice Leading Scorer: Jaedon Descheneau (24G, 34A, 58P)

The Break Down

The Hurricanes play the second of a midweek back-to-back tonight as they welcome the Kootenay Ice for the second time this season. The ‘Canes are coming off a 6-3 loss last night in Medicine Hat to the Tigers.

Tyler Wong, Ryley Lindgren and Giorgio Estephan all scored in the game for the ‘Canes. Brayden Burke added two assists, while Kord Pankewicz also chipped in on the offence. Stuart Skinner made 33 saves in the loss.

Tonight, the ‘Canes host a hot Ice team who’ve won four straight games. Kootenay currently sits sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 26-22-0-1 record. Since November 1st, the Ice are an impressive 23-9-0-1. Three of those wins have come against the ‘Canes.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Home Cooking: The Hurricanes are in the midst of their busiest stretch of the second half of the season with six games in nine nights. What makes that blow a little bit softer, is that a majority of those games come at home. The ‘Canes have picked up six home wins this season, but will hope to establish the ENMAX Centre as a tough place to play.

Beast-Mode: Giorgio Estephan is quickly showing why he was taken fourth overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. Heading into Tuesday’s contest in Medicine Hat, Estephan has been one of the hottest players in the WHL. The 17-year-old, who credits his line-mates Tyler Wong and Brayden Burke for his success, has racked up 25 points (9g-16a) in his last 17 games and has posted eight multi-point games including four three-point efforts.

Kootenay Point of View

Four In A Row: The Ice enter action tonight having won four straight games. Kootenay is coming off a 7-4 win Sunday over the Prince George Cougars. The last time the ‘Canes hosted the Ice, Kootenay had won four in a row and extended it to five with a 4-2 win on November 15th. The Ice are an impressive 23-9-0-1 since a 6-5 overtime win November 1st against the Hurricanes. They started 3-13-0-0.

Four-Headed Monster: The quartet of Tim Bozon, Jaedon Descheneau Luke Philp and Sam Reinhart have been terrific this season for the Ice since Reinhart returned from the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. The three are arguably four of the most dangerous players in the league. The four have combined for 194 points (75g-119a). More than 45 percent of Kootenay’s goals come from the four.

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