A Fast Start Helps Tigers to Win

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-1-0-0)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (1-1-0-0)

A tough start to the game helped the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night at the brand new Canalta Centre.

After a lengthy pre-game ceremony, the Tigers scored four goals in the first 10:28 of the opening period. The Tigers struck first at the 6:14 mark as Max Gerlach opened the scoring with a power play goal making it 1-0. Just 37 seconds later, the Tigers struck again as Mark Rassell threw one to the goal and it took a funny bounce off the side of the night, off of Stuart Skinner’s back and in. Two minutes later, another power play goal by Medicine Hat made it 3-0 just 9:00 minutes into the game – that goal put an end to Skinner’s night who allowed three goals on eight shots. Jayden Sittler came in to relieve him and he gave up a goal on the first shot he faced as Cole Sanford blew one by his glove with another power play goal to make it 4-0 earlier in the game. Tigers outshot the Hurricanes 14-9 in the first as they had a 4-0 lead after one.

The Hurricanes played a much better second period outshooting the Tigers 10-4 in the frame. The ‘Canes had their chances in the second period and finally got rewarded when Tyler Wong cut into the lead with his third goal of the season. Brayden Burke found Wong on a breakaway and the Captain made no mistake going high glove passed Nick Schneider to make it 4-1 — rookie defenseman Darian Skeoch picked up his first WHL point. The ‘Canes had a few more looks, but couldn’t beat Schneider as the Tigers led the game 4-1 after forty minutes.

In the third, the ‘Canes pressed. The Tigers played a shutdown game and it worked. With three-and-a-half minutes left in the game, head coach Brent Kisio pulled Sittler for the extra attacked down by three goals. The Hurricanes thought they scored, but after a review the goal was disallowed as it was deemed it was deflected in with a high-stick. Just seconds after play returned, Trevor Cox scored his second goal of the season into an empty net to make it 5-1. The Hurricanes added a few late goals – first Burke redirected home his first of the season with 1:28 left in the game before Egor Babenko scored a beauty with just 17 seconds left to get within two but it was too little, too late for the Hurricanes to forge a comeback as they fell 5-3.

The loss for the Hurricanes drops their record to 1-1-0-0 in the early season. The Hurricanes went 0/4 on the power play while the Tigers went 3/6 with the extra man.

Three Stars of the game were:

1) Tigers – #16 Max Gerlach – (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) Tigers – #31 Nick Schneider – (27 saves)
3) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (1 goal)

The Hurricanes are next in action this coming Saturday when they travel to Cranbrook to face the Kootenay Ice before returning for a Sunday home game against the Kelowna Rockets at the ENMAX Centre.

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GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Tigers

GameDayPreview

Game2-MedicineHatThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes @ Medicine Hat Tigers
Where: Canalta Centre
When: 7:30pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2015/16: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: September 25th/2015 (5-1 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 1-0-0-0
‘Canes Record (2014/2015):
 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record (2014/2015)10-20-3-3
‘Canes Road Record (2014/2015): 10-24-2-0
‘Canes Record in the Pre-Season: 3-2-1-0

Tigers Record: 0-1-0-0
Tigers Record (2014/2015): 45-23-2-2
Tigers Home Record (2014/2015):
25-9-2-0
Tigers Road Record (2014/2015): 23-14-0-2
Tigers Record in the Pre-Season: 4-1-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (2G, 0A, 2P) along with three others
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Egor Babenko (3G, 2A, 5P)
Tigers Leading Scorer: Trevor Cox (1G, 0A, 1P) along with two others
Tigers Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Trevor Cox (29G, 80A, 109P)
Tigers Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Caleb Fantillo (2G, 3A, 5P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to duplicate what they did Friday as they travel to Medicine Hat to face the Tigers Saturday at the new Canalta Centre.

The Hurricanes defeated the Tigers by a 5-1 score in the Dairy Queen Home Opener last night on a pair of goals by newly appointed Captain Tyler Wong. Stuart Skinner was terrific stopping 40 shots while Jordy Bellerive, Cory Millette and Justin Gutierrez all had multiple point games in the win.

It was the first time in three years that the Hurricanes had won their home opener, all have come against the Tigers. Dating back to last season, the ‘Canes have won three straight games against Medicine Hat and they hope to continue that trend tonight.

The game starts at 7:30pm, pregame show on ROCK 106 starts at 7:15pm.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Strong Start: For the fifth straight year the Hurricanes have kicked off the season hosting the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre, but for the first time in three years, the ‘Canes won that first game. The Hurricanes picked up a 5-1 win over the Tigers in front of 4,248 fans on Friday night.

Tamed Tigers: After Friday’s 5-1 win, the Hurricanes have won the last three regular season meeting against the Tigers dating back to last year. The Hurricanes will look to continue the hot hand as the Tigers open up their new arena, the Canalta Centre.

Medicine Hat Point of View

Stay Out of the Box: Last night the Tigers took far too many penalties and the Hurricanes made them pay going 3/8 on the man advantage. Perhaps it was nerves, hatred, or just plain silliness, but if the Tigers want to even their record they need to stay out of the box.

“New Home, Same Tradition”: That’s the slogan this year for the Tigers. Tonight will be the first ever regular season game at the new state-of-the-art Canalta Centre. After 46 years at the old Medicine Hat Arena, it is a fresh start for the Tigers and they look to kick things off with a win tonight just like the Hurricanes did a night ago.

Hurricanes Open with Big Win Over Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-0-0-0)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (0-1-0-0)

Burke-Med-HatThe Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off the 2015-2016 regular season with a bang picking up a 5-1 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Dairy Queen Home Opener in front of 4,248 fans at the ENMAX Centre.

The team revealed that four-year veteran Tyler Wong was named the 25th Captain in team history during the player introductions and the new Captain didn’t disappoint as he scored a pair of goals including the game-winning goal.

It didn’t take long for the Hurricanes to strike as Jaeger White beat Tigers goalie Nick Schneider on a rebound to make it 1-0 early just 1:32 into the hockey game – sixteen-year-old rookie Jordy Bellerive picked up an assist on the goal on his first WHL shift while line mate Ryley Lindgren picked up the second helper. Wong scored his first of the game, and the eventual game winner, at the 9:58 mark as he banged in a rebound for a power play goal to make it 2-0 after one period. The ‘Canes outshot the Tigers 16-13 in the period.

The ‘Canes added to their lead in the second as Wong scored his second of the night on a beautiful rush down the wing before cutting to the middle and stuffing one by Schneider 3:21 into the second period to make it 3-0 – Cory Millette picked up the assist on the goal for his second helper in the game. Tigers had their chances in the period, but Stuart Skinner stood tall stopping all 23 shots he faced through two periods.

The ‘Canes added a pair of power play goals early in the third to extend their lead. Arvin Atwal scored his first as a Hurricane just 1:57 into the third on a five-on-three – Justin Gutierrez and Bellerive earned the assists. Gutierrez scored his own power play goal less than five minutes later to make it 5-0 – Egor Babenko and Pankewicz got the helpers. On a late power play, Trevor Cox broke Skinner’s shut out big with just under four minutes left in the game as he beat Skinner with a long range point shot to cut into the lead making it 5-1 and that was how it ended.

The Hurricanes had four players (Wong, Gutierrez, Millette and Bellerive) who had multiple point games. Skinner, despite being robbed from the shutout late in the game, stood tall making 40 saves in the season opener.

The ‘Canes were outshot 41-32 in the game. Lethbridge went 3/8 on the power play while the Tigers went 1/6.

Three Stars of the game were:

1) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (2 goals)
2) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (40 saves)
3) ‘Canes – #23 Justin Gutierrez – (1 goal, 1 assist)

It’s the first time in three years the Hurricanes defeated the Tigers to start the season. The two teams will do things over Saturday night in Medicine Hat in the first ever game at the Canalta Centre.

Allan Released by Hurricanes

Scott-Allan-socThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Thursday that the team has re-assigned 19-year-old defenseman Scott Allan to the West Kelowna Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League.

The Thornton, Colorado product was acquired at the 2014-2015 Western Hockey League trade deadline from the Seattle Thunderbirds. Allan appeared in 31 games with the Hurricanes last year collecting one assist along with 33 penalty minutes.

Hurricanes General Manager, Peter Anholt said it was a tough decision to let Allan go, “we would like to thank Scotty for his commitment and dedication, especially in the second part of last year. It was a difficult decision and we wish him all the best in the future.”

With the move, the Hurricanes now have a total of 25 players on their roster including two goaltenders, eight defenseman and 15 forwards as they head into Friday’s season opener.

The Hurricanes host the rival Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday at the ENMAX Centre in the Dairy Queen Home Opener. There will be a tailgate party beginning at 5:00pm with a by donation Bar-B-Que providing burgers and water courtesy of Mr. Mikes SteakhouseCasual – all proceeds of the BBQ will go to the United Way.

Individual game tickets and flex packs for the 2015-2016 season are now available by calling (403) 329-SEAT. Tickets for the Home Opener are also available at any Dairy Queen location in Lethbridge.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Tigers

GameDayPreview

Game1-MedicineHatThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Medicine Hat Tigers
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

Print

‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2014/15: 3-4-0-0
Last Meeting: September 4th/2015 (3-2 Tigers win in Lethbridge — pre-season game)

‘Canes Record (2014/2015): 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record (2014/2015)10-20-3-3
‘Canes Road Record (2014/2015): 10-24-2-0
‘Canes Record in the Pre-Season: 3-2-1-0

Tigers Record (2014/2015): 45-23-2-2
Tigers Home Record (2014/2015):
25-9-2-0
Tigers Road Record (2014/2015): 23-14-0-2
Tigers Record in the Pre-Season: 4-1-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Egor Babenko (3G, 2A, 5P)
Tigers Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Trevor Cox (29G, 80A, 109P)
Tigers Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Caleb Fantillo (2G, 3A, 5P)

Caleb Fantillo RW 5 2 3 5

The Break Down

It’s been six months and five days since the Lethbridge Hurricanes last played a Western Hockey League regular season game, but tonight the new look Hurricanes will open up the 2015-2016 season as they welcome the rival Medicine Hat Tigers in the Dairy Queen Home Opener at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2-1-0 pre-season where the team picked up a pair of wins against the Kootenay Ice and one against the Swift Current Broncos. The three losses – one in overtime and two in regulation – were all by a single goal margin.

New Head Coach Brent Kisio has the team playing an up-tempo style of game with shots on goal. The Hurricanes outshot the opposition in four of the six games – the ‘Canes only outshot the opposition twice all of last season.

While pre-season is far too early to tell how the regular season will turn out, it’s been a positive step in the right direction. Tonight is Game #1 of 72 – let the marathon begin!

 

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

New Coach, New Feel: Tonight will be the official debut for new Hurricanaes Head Coach Brent Kisio. The 32-year-old was hired in June after spending the last eight seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Calgary Hitmen. Kisio has tutored under some of the best coaches in the WHL including Dave Lowry (Victoria), Mike Williamson (Tri-City) and current Hitmen bench boss Mark French. The new bench boss seems eager and looks to help the Hurricanes back into the playoffs.

NHLers Return: Andrew Nielsen and Giorgio Estephan have been re-assigned to the Hurricanes after attending NHL camps. Nielsen, a third round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Estephan who was taken in the sixth round by the Buffalo Sabres will be key cogs in any success the Hurricanes have this year. Nielsen appeared in one pre-season game with the Maple Leafs.

Medicine Hat Point of View

Family Affair: Tigers Head Coach and GM Shaun Clouston acquired defenseman Connor Clouston from the Warriors two weeks ago – yes, Connor is Shaun’s son. It will be a family affair the next two nights as Hurricanes forward Jaeger White is the step-son of Shaun and step-brother of Connor. Least to say, some major bragging rights are on the line.

Tigers Punt Hunt: With only being able to carry three 20-year-old players in the WHL, the Tigers were forced to trade forward Dryden Hunt to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday. Hunt racked up 83 points last year split between Regina and Medicine Hat. The move leaves Cole Sanford, Trevor Cox, Markus Eisenschmid and Ty Stanton battling for the three spots.

Estephan Re-Assigned by Sabres

EstephanThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club will have 1997-born forward Giorgio Estephan back as they get set for the Dairy Queen Home Opener against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday at the ENMAX Centre after being re-assigned by the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday.

Estephan, who was drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round of the June NHL Entry Draft, will join the Hurricanes who are currently carrying 14 other forwards. The Edmonton, Alberta product had a breakout season in 2014-2015 scoring 51 points (23g-28a) along with 18 penalty minutes in 64 games in his second full year in the Western Hockey League.

The Hurricanes will open the 2015-2016 regular season on Friday night when they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre in the Dairy Queen Home Opener. There will be a tailgate party beginning at 5:00pm with a by donation Bar-B-Que providing burgers and water courtesy of Mr. Mikes SteakhouseCasual – all proceeds of the BBQ will go to the United Way.

Individual game tickets and flex packs for the 2015-2016 season are now available by calling (403) 329-SEAT. Tickets for the Home Opener are also available at any Dairy Queen location in Lethbridge.

Three Hurricanes to Donate to KidSport

2015-2016-Website-News-Article-Photo-KidsportThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is proud to announce that Tyler Wong, Ryley Lindgren and Carter Folk have decided that during the 2015-2016 season they will personally donate $5.00 for every goal they score during the season to KidSport Lethbridge and Taber.

“Me, Ryley, and Carter had the idea that we’d like to give back to the community in way of giving money to underprivileged kids in order for them to play sports and hockey,” said four-year veteran Tyler Wong who thought of the idea. “We feel so privileged to play here and play hockey every day and we love to give back to kids that don’t have that opportunity.”

While Wong came up with the idea, it didn’t take much convincing for both Lindgren and Folk to jump on board, “it’s always good to give back like that and when Wonger came up with the idea, it was something I wanted to do,” said Ryley Lindgren.

“Tyler came to us with this idea, me and Ryley jumped right along. It’s really the least we can do to give back to an organization like this,” said Carter Folk.

The Hurricanes organization has also jumped on board with the initiative as the team will match dollar for dollar what the three players will be donating.

“Once I heard it, we thought it was amazing that these young guys would step up and do this. It just shows their commitment to this team and the community,” said Hurricanes General Manager of Business Operations, Terry Huisman. “To me, it’s good that the idea came from those guys and it shows their commitment by digging into their own pockets to do it and the least we can do is match it dollar for dollar.”

Wong hopes that it won’t just be the three players and the team that will get on board with this great initiative, “I just hope that any business or fan that is interested in this can get ahold of the Hurricanes and we will accept whatever donation it is, whether it’s a dollar, ten dollars or twenty dollars per goal,” he said. “It’s great to help underprivileged kids in and around Lethbridge and Alberta to get them involved in sports and just to have a more active and healthy community.”

The Hurricanes will open the 2015-2016 regular season on Friday night when they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre in the Dairy Queen Home Opener. There will be a tailgate party beginning at 5:00pm with a by donation Bar-B-Que providing burgers and water courtesy of Mr. Mikes SteakhouseCasual – all proceeds of the BBQ will go to the United Way.

Individual game tickets and flex packs for the 2015-2016 season are now available by calling (403) 329-SEAT. Tickets for the Home Opener are also available at any Dairy Queen location in Lethbridge.