GAME DAY: ‘Canes at ICE

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Who: 
Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Kootenay Ice
Where: Western Financial Place
When: 7pm puck drop, pregame at 6:45pm
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. ICE in 2014/15:
 1-3-1-0
Last Meeting: February 17th/2014 – 5-2 ICE (in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 20-37-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-16-3-3
‘Canes Road Record: 10-21-2-0

ICE Record: 33-29-1-3
ICE Home Record:
19-12-1-1
ICE Road Record: 14-17-0-2

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (25G, 29A, 55P)
ICE Leading Scorer: Luke Philp (28G, 47A, 75P)

The Break DownThe Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a stretch of games that has seen them play nine games in nine different cities tonight as they travel to Cranbrook to face the Kootenay Ice.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-3 loss on Saturday night in Prince Albert to the Raiders. Stuart Skinner was outstanding in that game making 55 saves while facing 59 shots in 59 minutes of play. Giorgio Estephan scored twice, while Johnny Wesley added the other in a losing cause.

The Ice meanwhile have lost three straight games and are coming off a 1-0 shutout loss in Medicine Hat to the Tigers on Saturday night. Kootenay currently sits in the first of the two wild card spots in the Eastern Conference.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Skinner Sensational: 16-year-old goaltender Stuart Skinner has been at the top of his game since the beginning of February. The Edmonton product has posted a 5-2-2-0 record in his last nine starts posting a goals against average of 2.99 and a save percentage of .931. In his five victories, Skinner has collected a 2.20 GAA and a .948 SV%.

Road Warriors: Tonight will mark the end of a very busy stretch that has seen the Hurricanes play nine games in nine different cities over the last three weeks. With tonight’s game, the Hurricanes will have played in every Province and State that a WHL team resides having played in Portland, Seattle, Everett, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Brandon, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and now Cranbrook.

Kootenay Point of View

Unlikely Leader: When you think of the Kootenay Ice and scoring leader, you immediately think of the second overall pick from last year’s NHL Entry Draft Sam Reinhart, however, with Reinhart starting the season in the NHL and attending the World Juniors, he is not the leading scorer. Neither is Jaedon Descheneau. Luke Philp, yes, Luke Philp leads the Ice in scoring with 75 points this year.

Hoflin “The Guy”: It’s safe to say that the Kootenay Ice will go as far as Wyatt Hoflin will take them. The 19-year-old netminder has appeared in 61 of the Ice’s 66 games this season. He has logged 3,490 minutes this season – next closest to him is Brandon’s Jordan Papirny who is more than 100 minutes fewer. Hoflin is 32-24-0-3 on the season.

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