GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Rockets

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WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Kelowna Rockets
Where: Prospera Place
When: 8:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Rockets in 2015/16: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: October 4th/2015 (6-3 in Lethbridge)

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

Rockets Record: 9-5-0-0
Rockets Record (2014/2015): 53-13-5-1
Rockets Home Record:
4-2-0-0
Rockets Road Record: 5-3-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (4G, 21A, 25P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Rockets Leading Scorer: Tyson Baillie (9G, 15A, 24P)
Rockets Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Nick Merkley (20G, 70A, 90P)

The Break Down

After having their eight game winning streak snapped Friday night the Lethbridge Hurricanes look to start a new winning streak tonight when they make the first of two stops this season at Prospera Place to face the Kelowna Rockets tonight at 8:00pm MT.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 7-3 loss last night in Kamloops against the Blazers. Giorgio Estephan scored twice while Ryley Lindgren scored the other. Hurricanes were outshot for the fourth straight game 38-21 on the night. The Hurricanes are now 10-3-0-0 on the season.

The Rockets are also coming off a Friday night loss as they were upended 2-1 by the Prince George Cougars at Prospera Place. Cole Linaker scored their only goal of the game. The Rockets enter action tonight with a 9-5-0-0 record and sit second in the Western Conference.

Tonight will be the fifth of a season-long six-game road trip for the Hurricanes; the ‘Canes are 3-1-0-0 in the first four games on the trip.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

200th for Gutierrez: Hurricanes overage forward Justin Gutierrez will suit up in his 200th regular season WHL game tonight against the Rockets. The Anchorage, Alaska product has played 13 games with the Hurricanes and a total of 186 games with the Tri-City Americans.

No Tricks, All Treats in October: The Hurricanes have had a great month which included an eight game winning streak. The ‘Canes currently sit with a record of 9-2-0-0 in the month of October. The Hurricanes are 4-1-0-0 at home during the month while are 5-1-0-0 on the road. The ‘Canes are 3-1-0-0 on their current season-long six game trip. The ‘Canes have the third best winning percentage in the WHL (.769).

Kelowna Point of View

Where’s Waldo?: Well, they aren’t looking for Waldo in Kelowna but they might be looking for Nick Merkley. The first round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in June’s draft has been quiet to start the year by his standards. Merkley, after leading the Rockets with 90 points a year ago, has only mustered seven points (2g-5a) in 11 games this year.

No Sophomore Slump: No slump for Cochrane product Dillon Dube. The 17-year-old is off to a great start to the season. As a 16-year-old rookie last year, Dube racked up 27 points (17g-10a) in 45 games. Already this year, he has put up 18 points (9g-9a) and sits second in team scoring only behind Tyson Baillie.

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Hurricanes Win Streak Snapped

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     blazers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-3-0-0)     vs.     Kamloops Blazers (5-8-0-0)

There is an old adage that says “all good things must come to an end,” and that sentiment rang true for the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday night as the team saw their longest winning streak since 2007 come to end as they had their eight game win streak snapped by dropping a 7-3 decision to the Kamloops Blazers.

The Blazers scored early, and often, in the game scoring four goals in the first period while adding three more in the second period en route to their fifth victory in their last seven games. Giorgio Estephan scored twice while Ryley Lindgren added the other in the defeat.

It took just 33 seconds for Kamloops to get on the board as Jesse Zaharichuk beat Stuart Skinner high over the glove side on a two-on-one to make it 1-0 early. Estephan equalized the game with a power play goal at the 8:59 mark – assists went to Brayden Burke and Andrew Nielsen picked up the assists. However, the tie game was short-lived as just 45 seconds later Quinn Benjafield scored on another odd-man rush to thrust Kamloops back into the lead. At the 13:12 mark, the Blazers added another as Matt Revel scored before Garrett Pilon made it 4-1 just 1:10 later. Estephan struck again to cut the lead in half as he scored his second of the period to make it 4-2 – Burke and Tyler Wong added the assists. Hurricanes were outshot 16-6 in the opening period.

Kamloops came out flying in the second period outshooting the ‘Canes 14-3 in the middle frame and just 1:29 into the period Collin Shirley was sprung on a breakaway and made no mistake beating Skinner five-hole to make it a 5-2 Blazer lead. They made it 6-2 as Nick Chyzowski scored a power play goal that made it 6-2 and spelled the end of the night for Skinner who was replaced by Jayden Sittler. Sittler stopped 13 of 14 shots he faced in the game, but surrendered a goal by Gage Quinney at the 13:56 mark of the second period to make it a 7-2 Kamloops lead after forty minutes.

The Hurricanes played their best period of the game, but it was too little too late. The ‘Canes scored the lone goal of the period as Ryley Lindgren tipped home his ninth of the season – matching a career high – as Jaeger White fed a beautiful cross-ice pass to make it 7-3. The Hurricanes outshot the Blazers 12-8 in the third period but did not get the result they wanted.

The ‘Canes were outshot for the fourth straight games 38-21. Lethbridge went 1/3 on the power play while the Blazers went 1/4.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Blazers – #7 Gage Quinney – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) Blazers – #15 Collin Shirley – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) Blazers – #10 Matt Revel – (1 goal, 2 assists)

With the loss, the Hurricanes remain winless in Kamloops since March 4th, 2011 and have not defeated the Blazers since 2012. The Hurricanes are back in action on Saturday when they play game five of their season-long six game road trip when they visit the Kelowna Rockets at 8:00pm MT.

 

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Blazers

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WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Kamloops Blazers
Where: Sandman Centre
When: 8:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Blazers in 2014/15: 0-2-0-1
Last Meeting: December 14th/2014 (4-2 in Lethbridge)

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

Blazers Record: 4-8-0-0
Blazers Record (2014/2015): 28-37-4-3
Blazers Home Record:
3-4-0-0
Blazers Road Record: 1-4-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (4G, 19A, 23P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Blazers Leading Scorer: Gage Quinney (5G, 9A, 14P)
Blazers Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Cole Ully (34G, 60A, 94P)

The Break Down

After a travel day on Thursday, the Lethbridge Hurricanes get back at it tonight as they take on the Kamloops Blazers. The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-2 win in Vancouver on Wednesday night for their eighth straight victory.

The ‘Canes enter tonight’s game sitting tied with the Red Deer Rebels and Brandon Wheat Kings for second in the WHL with a total of 20 points. The Hurricanes have strung together five straight road wins and are currently 3-0-0-0 on their season-long six game road trip; the ‘Canes boast the best road record in the entire WHL.

The Blazers are coming off a big 6-1 win on Wednesday over the Prince George Cougars. After a 0-6-0-0 start to the season, Kamloops have won four out of their last six games and have begun to find their game.

Tonight will be the first of two meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Blazers; Kamloops won all three meetings last year between the two.

 

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

No Tricks, All Treats in October: The Hurricanes have strung together eight straight victories and currently sit with a record of 9-1-0-0 in the month of October. The Hurricanes are 4-1-0-0 at home during the month while are a perfect 5-0-0-0 on the road. The ‘Canes are 3-0-0-0 on their current season-long six game trip. The ‘Canes also lead the WHL in winning percentage (.833) and have strung together the longest active winning streak in the WHL.

Great Special Teams: Despite being ranked 19th overall in the WHL in penalty kill percentage (75.5%), the Hurricanes have been lights out on the PK in their last four games going 11/12 on the PK, a kill rate of (91.7%). On their current three game road trip, the ‘Canes PK is killing at 90% going 9/10 while their power play has gone 5/11 in the three games with a percent rate of 45.5%.

Kamloops Point of View

Recent Success: After a tough 0-6-0-0 start, the Blazers have begun to find their stride having won four of their last six games. Kamloops is coming off their biggest win of the year on Wednesday when they trounced Prince George 6-1.

Injury-Riddled: The Giants got their Captain and potential first round draft pick in the coming NHL Draft Tyler Benson back on Sunday from injury. But the the Giants have missed a lot of players this season. Thomas Foster has yet to play a game due to suffering an injury while Benson, Ryely McKinstry, Jesse Roach, and James Malm have all missed time this year as well.

Hurricanes Make It 8 Straight

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     giants

Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-2-0-0)     vs.     Vancouver Giants (4-7-1-1)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes picked up yet another win Wednesday night when they earned a convincing 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants at the Pacific Coliseum to improve to 10-2-0-0 on the season.

Ryley Lindgren scored a pair of goals in the win while Giorgio Estephan, Tyler Wong and Cory Millette added the others. Stuart Skinner improved to 5-1-0-0 on the year making 32 saves in the win.

It didn’t take long again for the ‘Canes to get on the board as Estephan scored his fourth of the season on a rebound just 3:38 into the game – assists went to Wong and Brayden Burke. Just 1:37 later, after a massive Skinner save on a point-blank chance for newly acquired Chase Lang, the Hurricanes transitioned quickly and the Captain potted his 14th of the season as Wong beat Payton Lee five-hole to make it 2-0 – assists to Burke and Brandon Kennedy. Ryan Kubic entered the game to replace Lee, but he didn’t fare much better as Lindgren scored his first of two on the night at the 11:07 point to make it 3-0 early. Vancouver cut into the lead with 4:02 left in the period as Haydn Hopkins scored his first as a Giant to make it 3-1 after twenty minutes of play.

Neither team scored in the second period, but the Hurricanes again came out firing early in the third period. Lindgren chipped home a power play goal for his second of the night and eighth of the year to make it 4-1. Millette added to the lead 3:53 later for his second of the season – Egor Babenko and Andrew Nielsen picked up the helpers. With just 1:16 left in the game, Alec Baer beat Skinner high-glove after a perfect centering pass by Lang to make the final 5-2.

The Hurricanes were outshot for the third straight game 34-22 on the night. The ‘Canes went 1/3 on the power play while Vancouver failed to score on three chances.

Three Stars of the game were:

1) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – (3 assists)
3) Giants – #11 Chase Lang – (1 assist)

The win for the Hurricanes is their eighth consecutive victory and improves their record to an impressive 10-2-0-0. It’s the first time since November of 2007 that the Hurricanes have won eight straight games. The ‘Canes have Thursday off before facing the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night at 8:00pm.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Giants

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WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Vancouver Giants
Where: Pacific Coliseum
When: 8:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Giants in 2014/15: 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: October 17th/2014 (3-2 Giants in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 9-2-0-0
‘Canes Record (2014/2015):
 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-1-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 4-1-0-0

Giants Record: 4-6-1-1
Giants Record (2014/2015): 39-29-3-1
Giants Home Record:
3-3-0-0
Giants Road Record: 1-3-1-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (4G, 16A, 20P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Giants Leading Scorer: Ty Ronning (8G, 4A, 12P) & Carter Popoff (5G, 7A, 12P)
Giants Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Jackson  Houck (22G, 29A, 51P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue their season-long six-game road trip tonight as they visit the Vancouver Giants at the Pacific Coliseum at 8:00pm mountain time.

The Hurricanes are coming off their seventh straight win last night in Victoria against the Royals. The ‘Canes picked up a 4-3 shootout win as Tyler Wong scored in regulation and added the shootout winner. Brayden Burke and Ryley Lindgren added the others in the victory. The win over the Royals snapped a four-game losing streak against Victoria.

The Hurricanes enter play tonight with the longest active winning streak in the WHL and currently lead the entire league in winning percentage (.818) with a 9-2-0-0 record. The ‘Canes are also averaging 4.54 goals per game, that’s the most in the entire WHL.

The Giants are riding a three-game losing streak after falling to the Prince George Cougars on Sunday in Vancouver by a 3-1 score. The Giants enter play tonight with a record of 4-6-1-1 and sit fourth in the BC Division.

The Giants made a big trade with the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday as they acquired defenseman Ben Thomas and forward Chase Lang in exchange for forward’s Jackson Houck and Jakub Stukel, goaltender Cody Porter and a draft pick.

Tonight is the first of two meetings on the season, both come in Vancouver.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

250th for Millette: Overage forward Cory Millette will suit up in his 250th WHL game tonight against the Giants. Millette, who was acquired from the Seattle Thunderbirds during the summer, has accumulated five points (1g-4a) in 11 games with the Hurricanes. Of his 249 games, 11 have come with Lethbridge, 32 with Seattle, 17 with Prince Albert, 83 with Saskatoon and 106 with Red Deer.

No Tricks, All Treats in October: The Hurricanes have strung together seven straight victories and currently sit with a record of 8-1-0-0 in the month of October. The Hurricanes are 4-1-0-0 at home during the month while are a perfect 4-0-0-0 on the road. The ‘Canes are 2-0-0-0 on their current season-long six game trip. The ‘Canes also lead the WHL in winning percentage (.818) and have strung together the longest active winning streak in the WHL.

Vancouver Point of View

Tough Sledding: The Giants enter play tonight on a three-game losing streak, but in all three games they’ve lost by a two-goal margin. In two out of those three games, their opposition has scored an empty-net goal ultimately proving to be one-goal games.

Injury-Riddled: The Giants got their Captain and potential first round draft pick in the coming NHL Draft Tyler Benson back on Sunday from injury. But the the Giants have missed a lot of players this season. Thomas Foster has yet to play a game due to suffering an injury while Benson, Ryely McKinstry, Jesse Roach, and James Malm have all missed time this year as well.

Hurricanes in Seventh Heaven

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     royals

Lethbridge Hurricanes (9-2-0-0)     vs.     Victoria Royals (8-5-0-1)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes won yet another game as they picked up a 4-3 shootout victory over the Victoria Royals for their seventh straight win to improve to 9-2-0-0 to start the new campaign.

The Hurricanes led the game three separate times only to see the Royals battle back and tie the game each time. Tyler Wong scored his 13th goal of the season in regulation and added the game-winning goal in the shootout.

The Hurricanes improved to 8-0-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the season as they opened the scoring just 37 seconds into the game as Brayden Burke was the beneficiary of a whacky bounce that came right in front and Burke beat Royals netminder Coleman Vollrath for his fourth of the year – assists went to Arvin Atwal and Giorgio Estephan. The Royals tied the game as Dante Hannoun scored his first of two in the game at the 7:48 mark to make it 1-1. The ‘Canes took the lead again when Wong buried a crease scramble to make it 2-1, however, it was short-lived as the Royals once again tied it just 50 seconds later to make it 2-2 heading to the first intermission as Vladimir Bobylev beat Jayden Sittler with a tap-in at the side of the net.

The teams traded goals in the second period; first the ‘Canes jumped out to the third lead of the night when Ryley Lindgren scored his sixth goal of the season at the 13:21 mark on a power play – assists went to Estephan and Burke. The goal came after a period that was relatively uneventful except for a fight between Atwal and Ale Forsberg. Before the second period was done, Hannoun scored his second of the night to once again tie the game 3-3 heading to the third.

In the third, Stuart Skinner replaced Sittler and the soon-to-be 17-year-old was lights out not allowing a goal on 18 shots through the third period and overtime despite some great scoring chances for Victoria. The Hurricanes had their chances to take the lead in the third, and overtime, but Vollrath was solid as the game went to a shootout.

In the shootout, after a Egor Babenko goal, Matthew Phillips failed to get Victoria on the board and Wong moved in and ended the game with a deke to the back-hand before sliding the puck five-hole for the winner.

The Hurricanes were outshot in the game 36-26 in the game. Lethbridge went 2/3 on the power play while were a perfect 3/3 on the penalty kill.

Three Stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #22 Egor Babenko – (shootout goal)
2) Royals – #19 Dante Hannoun – (2 goals)
2) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (1 goal, shootout winner)

The Hurricanes improve to 9-2-0-0 on the season and 2-0-0-0 on their six-game road trip. The ‘Canes take on the Vancouver Giants Wednesday night on a game that can be seen on the WHL on SHAW or heard on ROCK 106 with the puck dropping at 8:00pm mountain time.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Royals

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Game11-VictoriaThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Victoria Royals
Where: Save-On Foods Memorial Centre
When: 8:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Royals in 2014/15: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: October 17th/2014 (4-2 Royals in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 8-2-0-0
‘Canes Record (2014/2015):
 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 5-1-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 3-1-0-0

Royals Record: 8-5-0-0
Royals Record (2014/2015): 39-29-3-1
Royals Home Record:
5-2-0-0
Royals Road Record: 3-3-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (3G, 15A, 18P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Royals Leading Scorer: Joe Hicketts (0G, 11A, 11P) & Jack Walker (3G, 8A, 11P)
Royals Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Austin Carroll (38G, 39A, 77P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes make their second stop on a season-long six-game road trip tonight when they face the Victoria Royals at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre at 8:00pm MT.

The Hurricanes are coming off a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory. The ‘Canes enter action tonight with an 8-2-0-0 record through ten games. The Hurricanes currently sit second in the Central Division and have the second-best winning percentage (.800%) in the WHL only behind the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Royals are coming off a 3-0 victory on Saturday night in the second of a double-header in Spokane against the Chiefs. The win for Victoria snapped a four-game losing streak after starting the year 7-1-0-0. Despite their recent defeats, the Royals are still sitting second in the Western Conference with an 8-5-0-0 record.

Tonight will be the first of two meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Royals. Victoria won the only meeting between the two teams 4-2 at the ENMAX Centre last year. The ‘Canes will make their first appearance in the BC Capital since October 12th/2013 when they dropped a 4-3 decision.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

It’s Been A While: Tonight will be the first time in over two years that the Hurricanes will play a game in the BC Capital. After not visiting Victoria last year, the Hurricanes will look to snap a four-game losing streak against the Royals tonight. It’s the first time the ‘Canes have been in Victoria since October 12th/2013.

Best Start in 19 Years: The ‘Canes enter tonight riding a six-game winning streak and sit with a record of 8-2-0-0. That’s the best start to a season after nine games the Hurricanes have had since 1996-1997. That was the season the Hurricanes went on to win the WHL Championship.

Victoria Point of View

About To Go Trippin’: After playing a weekend double-header in Spokane on Friday and Saturday, the Royals make a one-game pit-stop to face the Hurricanes tonight. The Royals will head out East to face all six East Division teams starting in Prince Albert this coming Friday.

The Wrath of Vollrath: The Royals overage goaltender, Coleman Vollrath, has been superb to start the new campaign. The Calgary product has started the season with a 7-5-0-0 record and has appeared in all but one game for Victoria this season. He sits top five in both WHL goals against average (1.98) and save percentage (.930). He is also tied for first in the WHL with wins (7). He has been the WHL’s nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goalie of the Week twice this season.