GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Pats

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

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‘Canes vs. Pats in 2014/15:
 1-2-0-0
Last Meeting: December 17th/2014 – 5-4 Lethbridge in OT (in Regina)

‘Canes Record: 12-29-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 7-12-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 5-17-1-0

Pats Record: 26-17-4-2
Pats Home Record:
12-7-3-1
Pats Road Record: 14-10-1-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (21G, 21A, 42P)
Pats Leading Scorer: Adam Brooks (20G, 23A, 43P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play the final of a busy stretch of games that saw them play four in five nights. The Hurricanes are coming off a 6-3 loss last night to the Kelowna Rockets – the third straight game the ‘Canes have seen a 6-3 final.

Giorgio Estephan and Andrew Nielsen both scored in the game while Jamal Watson, who returned to the line-up after missing the last six games with an upper body injury, scored his 17th of the season. Jayden Sittler, who relieved Stuart Skinner at the start of the second period, stopped 35 of 37 shots he saw in the final forty minutes. Skinner gave up four goals on 14 shots in the first period.

The Pats enter tonight having struggled since the trade deadline. Regina is coming off a 4-3 overtime loss last night to the Kootenay Ice. Taylor Cooper returns to Lethbridge after a trade leading up to the trade deadline that saw him shipped to the Pats for 17-year-old defenseman Brady Reagan. Tonight will be the final of four meetings between the ‘Canes and Pats – Regina won the first two, Lethbridge the last one.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Ricky Ryp Night: The Hurricanes tonight will honour the memory of former NHLer Rick Rypien. Rypien, who passed away at the age of 27 was from Crowsnest Pass and played his junior hockey with the Regina Pats. Tonight, members of Rypien’s family will be in attendance and on-hand for a ceremonial puck drop. There will also be donations collected with proceeds going to the Ricky Ryp Foundation.

Solid Goaltending: While the Hurricanes haven’t been winning every night, the goaltending tandem of Stuart Skinner and Jayden Sittler have been playing well enough to give the ‘Canes a chance to win. The duo, who have been splitting games recently, have been as good as you can ask for. Sittler, who has picked up a 3-3-0-0 record in six starts with the ‘Canes has posted a goals against average of 3.77 but an impressive .915 save percentage. And yes, in case you were wondering, Jayden is the second cousin of Hockey Hall of Famer, Daryl Sittler.

Regina Point of View

Cooper Returns: Tonight will see former Hurricane Taylor Cooper return to town for the first time since a trade to the Pats. Cooper was dealt to Regina in exchange for 17-year-old defenseman Brady Reagan. In 38 games with the ‘Canes this season Cooper collected 28 points (12g-16a). In 9 games since the trade, he has chipped in 11 points (7g-4a).

Downward Spiral: Since the trade deadline when the Pats off-loaded Dryden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs to Medicine Hat and Morgan Klimchuk to Brandon, the Pats have been in a free-fall. In their first eight games since the January 10th trade deadline, the Pats have posted a record of 1-4-2-1 and have slipped to fifth in the Eastern Conference.

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