GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Rebels

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Red Deer Rebels
Where: ENMAX Centrium
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Rebels in 2014/15:
 1-3-0-1
Last Meeting: February 13th/2015 – 2-1 Hurricanes (in Red Deer)

‘Canes Record: 18-35-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-16-3-3
‘Canes Road Record: 8-19-2-0

Rebels Record: 32-20-4-5
Rebels Home Record:
16-8-2-4
Rebels Road Record: 16-12-2-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (22G, 26A, 48P)
Rebels Leading Scorer: Connor Gay (22G, 34A, 56P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes head back out on the road as they kick off a five game road swing tonight in Red Deer against the Rebels. The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss on Thursday night to the Edmonton Oil Kings at home, a loss that was the ‘Canes fifth straight defeat after winning six of seven.

The Hurricanes have been playing pretty good hockey, however, in the five game slide and have fallen to all playoff teams. The ‘Canes look to hand Red Deer another loss after beating them two weeks ago at the Centrium.

The Rebels are below five-hundred in their last ten games, but have won two straight games, the latest a 5-3 win last night over the Prince Albert Raiders at home.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

On The Road Again: After a pit stop at home on Thursday, the Hurricanes continue their biggest ‘road’ trip of the season as tonight will be game number five of a nine game span that sees the ‘Canes play in nine different cities. This is the first of five straight away from home.

February Fun: After an overtime loss the Hurricanes currently sit with a 6-4-2-0 record in the month of February and whether win or loss tonight, the ‘Canes will finish the month with an above five-hundred record for the first time since February of 2012. That is a span of 20 months (of just hockey season, not including off-season).

Red Deer Point of View

Finding It Again: After a bit of a struggle in a six game span for the Rebels, the Red Deer club is starting to find their way again. The Rebels have picked up back to back wins over Edmonton and again last night with a 5-3 win over the Raiders.

Captain-less: The Rebels have been without their Captain Conner Bleackley for the last little while. Bleackley, the Colorado Avalanche first rounder is a pure sniper and still leads the Rebels in goals with 27.

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‘Canes Fall in OT to Oil Kings

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     oil kings

Lethbridge Hurricanes (18-35-5-3)     vs.     Edmonton Oil Kings (28-28-4-2)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned home for a rare Thursday night game against the Edmonton Oil Kings in a pit stop at the ENMAX Centre and the ‘Canes, who had a 2-0 lead, saw the defending Memorial Cup Champs claw back and win 3-2 in overtime.

The Hurricanes, who are in the midst of a nine game stretch that sees them play in nine different cities, have no lost five straight games, two of those in overtime. The ‘Canes were out shot by a healthy margin throughout the game, but once again Stuart Skinner was tremendous making 45 saves.

The Hurricanes, despite being out shot 20-5 in the first period, led the game 1-0 after one period of play. Giorgio Estephan ripped home his 19th goal of the season from Tyler Wong and Kord Pankewicz at the 2:30 mark of the opening period as he beat Oil Kings’ starter Patrick Dea to the blocker side. Both teams had their chances in the period, but it remained 1-0 after one.

The ‘Canes had a flurry of early power play opportunities in the second period but failed to capitalize, but just seven seconds after a man advantage had expired Ryan Vandervlis scored his second goal of the season at the 8:06 mark – both of Vandervlis’ goals have come against Edmonton – the assists went to Ryley Lindgren and Carter Folk who celebrated his 19th birthday. The ‘Canes were out shot 10-5 in the second period, and 30-10 through two periods.

In the third, the ‘Canes again failed to pot anything on a pair of power plays as the game stayed 2-0. With 11:41 left in regulation, Brandon Ralph moved in on the left side and snapped one by the glove of Skinner to cut the lead to one making the game a 2-1 score. With just over two minutes left in the game, Kade Jensen took a tripping minor resulting on an Edmonton man advantage and they made good as Brett Pollock moved in and rifled one by Skinner to tie the game with 1:48 left in the game – the lone assist went to the goalie Dea.

The two teams would head to overtime and 3:09 into the extra frame, while on a delayed penalty, Edmonton moved up ice and Edgars Kulda ripped one by Skinner’s blocker for the game winning goal on the only shot of overtime.

Edmonton out shot Lethbridge 48-21 in the game. ‘Canes went 0/5 on the power play, while the Oil Kings went 1/6.

Three stars of the game were:

1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (45 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 goal)
3) Oil Kings – #37 Dysin Mayo

The Hurricanes will continue the busy stretch of game on Saturday night when they travel to Red Deer to take on the Rebels at ENMAX Centrium before heading out east for a three game in four night trip in Brandon, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Oil Kings

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

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‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2014/15:
 2-2-0-0
Last Meeting: February 3rd/2015 – 4-3 Hurricanes (in Edmonton)

‘Canes Record: 18-35-4-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-16-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 8-19-2-0

Oil Kings Record: 27-28-4-2
Oil Kings Home Record:
16-13-1-1
Oil Kings Road Record: 11-15-3-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (22G, 25A, 47P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (26G, 24A, 50P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes return home to play a one-off at the ENMAX Centre before the next five on the road as they host the Edmonton Oil Kings tonight at 7pm.

The Hurricanes are coming off a three game US Division road trip that saw them play strong hockey despite going 0-2-1-0 in the three games. The ‘Canes wrapped up the trip with a crazy 5-4 loss Sunday afternoon in Everett to the Silvertips after a 5-2 loss to Portland on Saturday and a wild 4-3 overtime loss to Seattle on Friday to kick the trip off.

The Oil Kings are having a pedestrian season after winning the Memorial Cup last year. Edmonton enters play tonight below five-hundred after a loss last night to the Red Deer Rebels at Rexall Place.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Rare Sighting: Tonight will be the only time the Hurricanes play a home game in a nine game span. The ‘Canes just wrapped up a three game road trip in the United States and after tonight the ‘Canes play the next five games away from home.

February Fun: The Hurricanes are having a good month of February so far having posted a 6-4-1-0 record with just two games remaining. If the Hurricanes lose both games, they’ll end the month with a five-hundred record, if they win tonight, they will secure themselves an above five-hundred record for the first time since February of 2012 when they went 7-5-0-0.

Edmonton Point of View

Road Legs: The Oil Kings may be a tired team having played last night in Edmonton at Rexall Place. Having made the five and a half hour trip, the Hurricanes should get on them quick as Edmonton might have some heavy bus legs to start the game.

Tough Year: The Oil Kings are having a transition year after winning the Memorial Cup last season and losing key pieces to that puzzle like Curtis Lazar, Henrik Samuelsson, and Griffin Reinhart. This year, the Oil Kings are below five-hundred, but are currently holding down the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

‘Canes Fall By One to ‘Tips

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Lethbridge Hurricanes (18-35-4-3)     vs.     Everett Silvertips (36-17-3-4)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a three game road trip through the US Division Sunday afternoon in Everett against the Silvertips and a big first period helped pace the ‘Tips to a 5-4 win.

It was the third game in as many day for the Hurricanes after a 4-3 overtime loss on Friday in Seattle and a 5-2 loss Saturday in Portland. It was also the third game in as many days for the Silvertips who fell in a shootout on Friday to Tri-City before being trounced 7-0 Saturday in Seattle.

Four goals in the first period, two on the power play, for the Silvertips saw them take a healthy lead. Just 14 seconds into the game, Nick Walters stumbled at the Everett blueline and Nikita Scherbak burst up ice before snapping one by Stuart Skinner to make it 1-0. Everett continued to buzz in the first and made it 2-0 at the 11:38 mark when Dawson Leedahl finished a three-way passing play – Kohl Bauml and Scherbak picked up the helpers. The Hurricanes down a man would take another penalty resulting in a five-on-three power play and the second best PP in the league went to work scoring twice just 23 seconds apart. First, Patrick Bajkov made it 3-0 before Bajkov set up Graham Millar to tucked one home. Seven seconds after the Millar power play goal, Jamal Watson would get one back as the Captain scored his team-leading 23rd of the year making it 4-1 after one period. Shots favoured the Silvertips 12-7 in the first period.

The Hurricanes would their chances with power plays in the second period and made good just as the Silvertips in the first period. The ‘Canes, with a five-on-three man advantage, struck as Giorgio Estephan uncorked a cannon from the blue line beating Austin Lotz up high on the glove side to make it 4-2. The Hurricanes clawed within one as Brayden Burke roofed one over the glove of Lotz to make it 4-3 – Johnny Wesley and Jamal Watson picked up the assists. Both teams continued to press. Everett thought they scored with just 26.8 seconds left but the it was quickly waived off. However, it did result in a penalty shot for Nikita Scherbak. He moved in but was stopped by Skinner with the blocker to keep it a one goal lead. ‘Tips out shot the ‘Canes 15-11 in the second period.

In the third period, the two teams would trade goals. Noah Juulsen made it a 5-3 lead on a blistering slap shot from the blue line at the 6:46 of the third period – Ivan Nikolishin and former Hurricane Remi Laurencelle would pick up the assists. The Hurricanes didn’t give up however, and Johnny Wesley picked up his fifth of the year as the ‘Canes cut the lead to 5-4, but that was as close as they’d come falling by one.

Hurricanes were out shot 12-5 in the third period and 39-23 overall. ‘Canes went 2/6 on the power play while the ‘Tips went 2/5.

Three stars of the game were:

1) Silvertips – #95 Nikita Scherbak – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) Silvertips – #15 Kohl Bauml – (2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #17 Jamal Watson – (1 goal, 1 assist)

The Hurricanes go 0-2-1-0 on the three game road trip, but played some no quit, never say die hockey. The ‘Canes return home for a Thursday contest against the Edmonton Oil Kings and #throwbackthursday at the ENMAX Centre.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Silvertips

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Who: Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Everett Silvertips
Where: Xfinity Arena
When: 5pm puck drop, pregame at 4:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Silvertips in 2013/14: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: November 20th/2013 – 3-2 Everett (in Lethbridge)
Last Meeting in Everett: January 18th/2013 – 3-2 Everett

‘Canes Record: 18-34-4-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-16-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 8-18-2-0

Silvertips Record: 35-17-3-4
Silvertips Home Record:
18-5-3-3
Silvertips Road Record: 17-12-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (22G, 24A, 46P)
Silvertips Leading Scorer: Nikita Scherbak (23G, 45A, 68P)

The Break DownThe Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a three game road trip through the US Division this afternoon against the Everett Silvertips at Xfinity Arena. The Hurricanes are currently 0-1-1-0 in the first two games of the trip after falling last night in Portland 5-2.

The Hurricanes saw Carter Amson score his first WHL goal in the losing cause a night ago. Amson, the Radisson, SK, product had gone 67 career games without a goal. It was also his first point since September 27th/2013 in Kootenay. Giorgio Estephan scored the other goal.

The Silvertips are coming off a disappointing 7-0 effort last night in Seattle. The US leading ‘Tips will also play their third game in as many days today.

What To WatchLethbridge Point of View

Finally!: Finally Carter Amson has scored a WHL goal. It only took him 67 career games and almost two seasons, but last night the 18-year-old potted a rebound passed Adin Hill. It was his first point since September 27th/2013 when he picked up an assist in Kootenay. Amson had a few more looks after the goal as well.

Need Points: The Hurricanes wrap a three game in three day trip today and are 0-1-1-0 in the first two points. The Hurricanes, who haven’t beaten a US division opponent this season, will look to get a win in the final game before heading back to Lethbridge after the game.

Everett Point of View

Scherbak’s Sick: At the start of the year, the Everett Silvertips made a move to acquire Nikita Scherbak from the Saskatoon Blades and what an addition he’s been. The Russian sniper leads the ‘Tips in scoring with 68 points (23g-45a) in 53 games this season. In three games last year with the Blades against the Hurricanes, Scherbak scored seven points (4g-3a)..

Angry Tips Team: After a 7-0 whalloping last night to the hands of the Seattle Thunderbirds at ShoWare Center, you can bet that the Silvertips will be an angry bunch today. Something that might play against the Hurricanes, but it could also be something that play into the hands of the ‘Canes. Kevin Constantine’s club will be playing with some fire today.

Hurricanes Fall to Winterhawks

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Lethbridge Hurricanes (18-34-4-3)     vs.     Portland Winterhawks (35-20-1-3)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes made a once every other year visit to Portland Saturday night to face the Winterhawks for the only meeting of the season and it was Portland that picked up a 5-2 win.

The Winterhawks scored two in the first, two in the second and added one in the third as their top line of Oliver Bjorkstrand, Nic Petan and Paul Bittner combined for nine points and four of the ‘Hawks five goals.

The first period started great for the home side as Portland was buzzing early and scored an early goal just 59 seconds into the game as Keegan Iverson put home his 10th of the season passed Jayden Sittler. Midway through the first period, Portland added to their lead as Bittner tipped home a Bjorkstrand shot to make it 2-0. Just under four minutes later though, the ‘Canes cut the lead in half as Giorgio Estephan scored his 17th goal of the season on a power play at the 15:38 mark – Brayden Burke and Kord Pankewicz picked up the assists as the Winterhawks held 2-1 advantage after one period of play. Portland out shot Lethbridge 13-6 in the first.

Portland added a pair in the second period. First it was Bjorkstrand flipping one by Sittler 4:56 into the period; Nic Petan picked up the lone helper. Bittner scored his second of the game at the 12:29 mark to make it 4-1 after two. Portland out played Lethbridge in the second period out shooting them 14-3.

Early in the third period the Hurricanes had their chances to come close. Kade Jensen hit a goal post on a power play and then moments later Jamal Watson rang one off red metal. Late in the game the two teams traded goals, first it was a power play goal by Bjorkstrand making it 5-1 before Carter Amson found a rebound in the slot and buried his first ever WHL goal in what was his 67th game. The ‘Canes played much better in the third and out shot the Winterhawks 14-9.

Portland out shot Lethbridge 36-23 in the game. Hurricanes went 1/5 on the power play while the Winterhawks went 1/6.

Three stars of the game were:

1) Winterhawks – #7 Paul Bittner – (2 goals)
2) Winterhawks – #27 Oliver Bjorkstrand – (2 goals, 1 assist, including GWG)
3) Winterhawks – #19 Nic Petan – (4 assists)

The Hurricanes fall to 0-1-1-0 in the first two games of the US swing and are now 3-1-1-0 away from home in February. The ‘Canes will wrap up the tree game trip with a Sunday afternoon contest in Everett against the Silvertips.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Winterhawks

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Who: Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Portland Winterhawks
Where: Veterans Memorial Coliseum
When: 8pm puck drop, pregame at 7:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Winterhawks in 2013/14: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: October 22nd/2013 – 3-2 Portland (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 18-33-4-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-16-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 7-17-2-0

Winterhawks Record: 34-20-1-3
Winterhawks Home Record:
18-9-0-2
Winterhawks Road Record: 16-11-1-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (22G, 24A, 46P)
Winterhawks Leading Scorer: Oliver Bjorkstrand (41G, 38A, 79P)

The Break DownThe Lethbridge Hurricanes look to get back in the win column tonight as they take on a tough Portland Winterhawks team. The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss a night ago in Seattle to the Thunderbirds.

Jamal Watson, Kord Pankewicz and Johnny Wesley scored in the game for the ‘Canes last night. Stuart Skinner was once again sharp being named the games second star collecting 34 saves in the loss.

The Winterhawks are coming off a 5-2 win last night against the Vancouver Giants at home. The win for the ‘Hawks was their 34th of the year. Pretty good considering that Portland had the worst start in the WHL this year.

What To WatchLethbridge Point of View

Captain Clutch: Jamal Watson has been terrific recently. The 19-year-old has been on a tear. He has collected 27 points (10g-17a) in his last 21 games. The Calgary product is riding a five game point scoring streak that has seen him score four goals and nine points in that span.

Home Is Where the Heart Is?: Usually it’s easier to play at home than on the road, however, in the month of February the Hurricanes have been pretty darn good good away from Lethbridge. In four games this month on the road, the ‘Canes have collected seven out of a possible eight points posting a record of 3-0-1-0.

Portland Point of View

Loaded Up Front: Once again this year, the Portland Winterhawks are team to be reckoned with. The ‘Hawks have won 34 games this year and are maybe one of the most talented teams in the WHL. Their top five scorers are Oliver Bjorkstrand (41g-38a), Chase De Leo (29g-35a), Nic Petan (11g-46a), Paul Bittner (24g-25a) and Miles Koules (23g-26a). Three of those players played at the World Juniors. One didn’t, and one wasn’t eligible as Koules is an overager.

Lights Out at Home: The Winterhawks have been ridiculous good at home, especially recently. Portland has won ten, count them, 10 straight home games and are undefeated in 2015 on home ice. Their last loss at home was a 2-1 loss to Seattle on December 31st.