GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Wheat Kings

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Brandon Wheat Kings
Where: Westman Communications Group Place
When: 6pm puck drop, pregame at 5:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings in 2014/15:
 0-2-1-0
Last Meeting: January 16th/2015 – 8-5 Wheat Kings (in Brandon)

‘Canes Record: 19-35-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-16-3-3
‘Canes Road Record: 9-19-2-0

Wheat Kings Record: 46-10-4-3
Wheat Kings Home Record:
22-3-4-2
Wheat Kings Road Record: 24-7-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (23G, 27A, 50P)
Wheat Kings Leading Scorer: Tim McGauley (37G, 52A, 89P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue a five game road trip tonight as they play the final of four meetings against the Eastern Conference leading Brandon Wheat Kings.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2 shootout win on Saturday night in Red Deer against the Rebels. Jayden Sittler was strong in the game stopping 30 shots in regulation and overtime, including a penalty shot just seven seconds into the OT period. Sittler also stopped four of five shooters in the shootout. Tyler Wong and Mike Winther scored in regulation, while Kord Pankewicz scored the shootout winner.

The Wheat Kings enter action tonight with a 7-1-1-1 record in their last ten games and have been doing nothing but winning since Christmas. Brandon has already clinched the Eastern Division and are one point shy of the century mark as they enter with 99 points on the season.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Another Road Win: The Hurricanes picked up their fourth road victory in their last seven games away from home as they knocked off the Rebels 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night. The win for the ‘Canes not only snapped a five game losing streak, but it helped them finish February 4-2-1-0 on the road.

February Success: For the first time in three years, the Hurricanes finished a month with an above five-hundred record, the first time since February 2012. The ‘Canes finished February with a 7-4-2-0 record. If the ‘Canes played an entire 72 game season at the pace they played at in February, they’d finish the season with a 39-22-11 record which would give them 89 points.

Brandon Point of View

Playoff Bound: It’s been a great season for the Wheat Kings who were supposed to be “one year away”. The Wheaties sit first in the WHL’s Eastern Conference with 99 points have already clinched first place in the East Division. Brandon is second in the WHL only behind the Kelowna Rockets.

Killer Instinct: To say that the Wheat Kings can score would be an understatement. Brandon has scored a league-high 291 goals this season averaging 4.62 goals per game. They have four players with 60+ points, seven with 50+ and 10 with 40+ points on the season.

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