‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2014/15: 1-3-0-0
Last Meeting: January 10th/2014 – 5-3 Hitmen (in Lethbridge)
‘Canes Record: 20-39-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 10-17-3-3
‘Canes Road Record: 10-22-2-0
Hitmen Record: 40-22-1-4
Hitmen Home Record: 20-12-0-1
Hitmen Road Record: 20-10-1-3
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (26G, 29A, 55P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Adam Tambellini (45G, 34A, 79P)
The ‘Canes are coming off a 5-2 loss on Friday night to the Edmonton Oil Kings at home. Tyler Wong scored his team-leading 26th goal and 55th point of the season, while Jamal Watson added his 24th of the year and fifth shorthanded tally on the year. Stuart Skinner made 29 stops in the loss.
The Hitmen enter having dropped their third straight game last night losing 3-2 in Red Deer against the Rebels. Tonight will be the fifth of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Hitmen, Calgary has won three of the previous four, the last one a 5-3 win on January 10th in Lethbridge.
Lethbridge Point of View
20!: Last year the Hurricanes did not have a 20-goal scorer on their team; Riley Sheen led the team in goals scoring 19 with Jamal Watson a close second with 18. However, this year, the Hurricanes boast three players to eclipse that mark. Tyler Wong team with 25 heading into this weekend. While Watson has put home 23 and with three goals in his last two games, Giorgio Estephan now has 21 goals on the season.
Este-phan favourite: Giorgio Estephan, for all the right reasons, is becoming a fan favourite and a “go-to” guy for the Hurricanes. The 18-year-old, who was born in 1997, has been on an absolute tear since the beginning of December. Estephan has racked up 43 points (20g-23a) in his last 37 games – a pace that would see him score 39 goals and 84 points over a 72-game season.
Calgary Point of View
High Flying Hitmen: The Calgary Hitmen have been playing their best hockey of the season as of late. The Hitmen are 6-4-0-0 in their last ten and have surged to tie the Medicine Hat Tigers for top spot in the Central Division. The Hitmen enter tonight in a tie with the Tigers with 85 points.
Lots of Travel: Much like the Hurricanes, the Hitmen have been playing a ton of road games. In fact, due to the Tim Horton’s Brier at the Saddledome, tonight will be the last of an 11 game road trip for Calgary. Despite the heavy road schedule in the last three weeks, the Hitmen have fared relatively well winning six of the first ten.