GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Ice (In Crowsnest Pass)

GameDayPreview

exhigame5The Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes @ Kootenay Ice
Where: Crowsnest Pass
When: 7pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

*NOTE: This game will NOT be broadcast on either ROCK 106 or on WHL Live*

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‘Canes vs. Ice in 2014/15: 1-5-1-0
Last Meeting: September 8th, 2015 (6-1 Hurricanes win in Cranbrook)

‘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: 2-2-0-0

Ice Record (2014/2015): 34-33-1-4
Ice Home Record (2014/2015):
22-12-0-2
Ice Road Record (2014/2015): 12-21-1-2
Ice Record in the Pre-Season: 2-1-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Cory Millette (2G, 2A, 4P) and two others
Ice Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Luke Philp (30G, 52A, 82P)
Ice Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Zak Zborosky (2G, 0A, 2P) and two others

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue the 2015 ENMAX Pre-Season tonight as they travel to the Crowsnest Pass to take on the Kootenay Ice in Coleman.

The Hurricanes are coming off an impressive 6-2 victory on Sunday night over the Swift Current Broncos which improved their pre-season record to 2-2-0-0. Tonight will be the fifth of six games on the exhibition docket with the team concluding the warm-up season tomorrow night against the Calgary Hitmen, also in the Crowsnest Pass.

The Hurricanes have been playing exciting hockey thus far in the pre-season. On Sunday, the line of Cory Millette, Justin Gutierrez and Egor Babenko combined for nine points in the 6-2 win. Millette lead the charge with two goals and two assists, while Gutierrez had a pair of goals and one helper; Babenko has a goal and one assist. The three are tied atop the Hurricanes scoring lead with four points each in the pre-season.

The opposition tonight, the Ice, is one of the teams the Hurricanes have already beaten in the pre-season having handed Kootenay a 6-1 defeat in their exhibition opener last Tuesday. The Hurricanes will look to get another victory tonight to secure themselves at least a five-hundred record in the pre-season.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes will kick off the 2015-2016 season when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday, September 25th 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 pop courtesy of Mr. Mikes SteakhouseCasual – all proceeds of the Bar-B-Que will go to the United Way.

Individual game tickets for the 2015-2016 season are now available by calling (403) 329-SEAT.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Goaltending Question = Answered: With two games remaining in the 2015 ENMAX Pre-Season any questions between the pipes have now been answered as yesterday the Hurricanes assigned 18-year-old netminder Brandon Kegler to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. That leaves two: Stuart Skinner and Jayden Sittler. Assume both will get a full start in the final two games of the pre-season.

BGM Line: There needs to be a better nickname for this line than the “BGM Line”, but the line for Cory Milllette, Justin Gutierrez and Egor Babenko is showing that it is going to be a 1 or 1A line after the Brayden Burke, Giorgio Estephan and Tyler Wong line. Kudos to GM Peter Anholt who traded for both Millette and Gutierrez in the off-season and drafted Babenko early in the CHL Import Draft. The three, Babenko-Gutierrez-Millette, are tied for the team lead in points in the pre-season, each with four. Hopefully their chemistry continues to grow as the pre-season winds down and the regular season gears up.

Kootenay Point of View

Bumpy Start, Good Since Then: When the Hurricanes defeated the Kootenay Ice last Tuesday by a 6-1 trouncing, it looked as though perhaps the Ice were going to take a major step back this year. However, a number of components need to be considered. 1) It was their first game of the pre-season. 2) First game with a new coach. 3) It was a young, and I mean YOUNG, line up. and 4) They didn’t have their starting goaltender. Since that loss, the Ice are showing the maybe, just maybe, to eliminate them from playoff talk would be silly. The team took part in the Tri-City tournament late last week and escaped town posting a 2-0-1-0 record – their only blemish, a 3-2 overtime loss to the PG Cougars. Tonight may show us if this Ice team will continue their success and be a team that competes for a playoff spot, again.

Loschiavo Not a Lost Cause: With the departures of some significant offense from last years team in the likes of Sam Reinhart, Tim Bozon, Levi Cable and Rinat Valiev, the Ice will need players to step up and fill the void. Despite only racking up six goals and nine points as a 16-year-old last season, expect that Vince Loschiavo may be one of those players, if given the opportunity, to prove that he can fill the offensive void. The 17-year-old is a strong skater with some good hockey sense and if put with the right players, I think he could be a surprise player as he enters his draft year.

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