GAME DAY: ‘Canes @ Ice

GameDayPreview

Game3-KootenayThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes @ Kootenay Ice
Where: Western Financial Place
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Ice in 2014/15: 1-5-1-0
Last Meeting: September 17th/2015 (3-2 Hurricanes in Crowsnest Pass)

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

ICE Record: 0-1-0-0
ICE Record (2014/2015): 37-31-1-3
ICE Home Record:
0-1-0-0
ICE Road Record: 0-1-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (3G, 0A, 3P) and Brayden Burke (1G, 2A, 3P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Egor Babenko (3G, 2A, 5P)
ICE Leading Scorer: Luke Philp (2G, 2A, 4P)
ICE Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Luke Philp (30G, 52A, 82P)
ICE Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Three players with three points

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a busy next couple of days tonight as they travel to Cranbrook to take on the Kootenay Ice. It will be the first of three games in four nights for the Hurricanes.

The ‘Canes are coming off an opening weekend split with the Medicine Hat Tigers. After picking up a 5-1 win on Friday night in the Dairy Queen Home Opener, the first time in three years the Hurricanes began the season with a victory, the ‘Canes dropped a 5-3 decision in the inaugural game at the brand new Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat.

A tough start put the Hurricanes behind the eight-ball, but the group battled back albeit running out of time to complete the comeback attempt.

Tonight will be the first of seven meetings between the Hurricanes and Ice. Lethbridge posted a 1-5-1-0 record during the 2014-2015 season against the team from the BC Kootenay. However, in the two meetings in the pre-season, the Hurricanes were a perfect 2-0-0-0 outscoring the Ice 9-3 in the two games picking up 6-1 and 3-2 victories.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Captain, My Captain: What a start it’s been for new Captain Tyler Wong. The fourth year veteran has scored three of the Hurricanes eight goals through the first two games of the year and could easily have three or four more with the chances he’s been able to get. Wong was tied for second in goals in the WHL heading into the weekend.

5-on-5 Play: It’s been good! The ‘Canes have dominated in arguably the most important area of the game. Despite sitting with a 1-1-0-0 record through the first two games, the Hurricanes have outscored the opposition 5-1 on even-strength play. Now they just need to work on the PK which has already given up four goals.

Kootenay Point of View

Hide-and-Seek: It’s almost as if the Kootenay Ice are playing hide-and-seek with goal scoring through their first two games of the WHL season and the team can’t seem to find it. Without the likes of Sam Reinhart, Tim Bozon, Jaedon Descheneau and Rinat Valiev, the Ice couldn’t seem to buy a goal only potting one in each of their first two games. However, Luke Philp bust out last night and helped the Ice score five – we’ll see what team comes to play tonight.

Rough Start, Don’t Count Them Out: Granted, it probably hasn’t been the start the Ice head coach Luke Pierce or owner/general manager Jeff Chynoweth would have liked, but don’t count the Ice out. Remember, last year they started 3-13-0-0, and made the playoffs. Although, there won’t be a saviour by the name of Sam Reinhart returning this time around.

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