GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Brandon Wheat Kings
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 4pm puck drop, pregame at 3:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings in 2014/15:
 0-2-0-0
Last Meeting: January 16th/2015 – 8-5 Wheat Kings (in Brandon)

‘Canes Record: 15-31-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 8-14-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 7-17-1-0

Wheat Kings Record: 40-9-3-2
Wheat Kings Home Record:
19-3-3-1
Wheat Kings Road Record: 21-6-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (22G, 22A, 44P)
Wheat Kings Leading Scorer: Tim McGauley (34G, 38A, 72P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a three-in-three weekend today with an afternoon tilt against the Brandon Wheat Kings at the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes have won three straight games and are coming off back-to-back wins over the Medicine Hat Tigers the last two nights.

The Hurricanes picked up their first win in Medicine Hat since March 17th/2012 last night earning a 4-1 victory. Stuart Skinner was again sensational making 39 saves and was yet again named first star of the game. Jamal Watson played in his 250th career WHL game, all with the ‘Canes, and scored his 18th of the year while Ryley Lindgren, Kade Jensen and Devan Fafard also chipped in on the scoring.

The Wheat Kings currently sit first place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference with 85 points – just one point shy of the Kelowna Rockets who currently sit first overall. The Wheaties are coming off back-to-back wins in Cranbrook.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

3rd in 3: Today’s game is the third in three days for the Hurricanes, all coming against the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. It is also the third game in as many days for the Wheaties after playing a pair in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice last night and on Friday.

Sixty Minute Effort: If the Hurricanes hope to knock off the top seeded team in the Eastern Conference, they are going to need to play a full sixty minutes with contributions from every individual once again. In recent weeks, the ‘Canes have been getting offense from unlikely sources and that needs to continue.

Brandon Point of View

Sizzling Hot: The Wheat Kings enter play today having not lost a regulation game in their last 12 outings. Brandon has posted an 11-0-0-1 record in their last dozen. A win today over the Hurricanes would also see the Wheat Kings leapfrog the idle Rockets for first overall in the WHL.

Goals Aplenty: The Wheat Kings are the highest scoring team in the Western Hockey League for a reason. With the acquisition of Morgan Klimchuk at the trade deadline from the Regina Pats, he joins a stacked unit up front with others such as Rihards Bukarts, Peter and John Quenneville, Jayce Hawryluk, Tim McGauley, Reid Duke and Nolan Patrick. Wheaties have nine players with 40+ points.

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