‘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)
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!
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.