‘Canes vs. Thunderbirds in 2013/14: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: October 5th/2013 – 6-2 Thunderbirds (in Lethbridge)
‘Canes Record: 18-33-3-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-16-2-3
‘Canes Road Record: 7-17-1-0
Thunderbirds Record: 29-21-3-4
Thunderbirds Home Record: 14-9-2-2
Thunderbirds Road Record: 15-12-1-2
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (22G, 24A, 46P)
Thunderbirds Leading Scorer: Ryan Gropp (22G, 22A, 44P)
The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday night at home that snapped their three game losing streak. The ‘Canes kick off a three-in-three weekend tonight against the T-birds before games Saturday in Portland and Sunday in Everett. The Hurricanes have posted a record of 6-2-0-0 in the month of February.
The Thunderbirds are having a decent season. They enter eight games above five-hundred and currently hold down the third seed in the tough US Division. The T-birds are coming off a 6-3 loss on Sunday against Victoria at home and tonight is the second of a six game home stand for Seattle.
February Fun: The Hurricanes to date are having their best month of the season in February. After a 5-2 loss on Tuesday that snapped a three game winning streak, the Hurricanes enter tonight’s game with an impressive 6-2-0-0 record this month with just five games left. The Hurricanes have not had an above five-hundred month this season.
Road Success: The Hurricanes have been playing much better on the road this month as well, the ‘Canes have rattled off three consecutive road victories and are 3-0-0-0 away from home in February. The road wins have come against some tough teams as well, having picked up victories in Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Red Deer – all playoff teams.
Seattle Point of View
Budding Barzal: One of the best players eligible for this upcoming NHL Entry Draft plays for the Seattle Thunderbirds as Mathew Barzal is a name known around the WHL. Skill, finesse, and heart all come to mind when you talk about Barzal. He is ranked #9 among North American skaters for this upcoming draft and in 29 games this season he has collected 32 points (11g-21a). He had four assists in the lone meeting against the ‘Canes last year.
Rock Solid Goaltending: The T-birds don’t score a ton of goals only averaging 2.84 goals per game (less than the Hurricanes), but a key to their success is that they don’t give up a whole lot of goals either allowing just 2.77 goals per game this year. That, mainly a product of the stellar overage season that netminder Taran Kozun is posting. The Nipawin, SK, product is first in goals against average (2.34), second in save percentage (.917), fourth in wins (26), fourth in minutes (2,790), and sixth in saves (1,198).