‘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 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.
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.