GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Rockets

GameDayPreview

Game4-KelownaThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Kelowna Rockets
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 6:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Rockets in 2014/15: 0-2-0-1
Last Meeting: January 30th/2015 (6-3 Rockets in Lethbridge)

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

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

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (3G, 2A, 5P) & Brayden Burke (2G, 3A, 5P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Rockets Leading Scorer: Tyson Baillie (5G, 4A, 9P)
Rockets Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Nick Merkley (20G, 70A, 90P)
Rockets Leading Scorer in Pre-Season: Cole Lind (1G, 5A, 6P) and Dillon Dube (3G, 3A, 6P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play their first of just three Sunday home games tonight when they welcome the defending WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets to the ENMAX Centre at 6:00pm.

The Hurricanes are coming off a big 5-1 victory, their second of the season, last night over the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook. Five different goal scorers lit the lamp while Giorgio Estephan picked up a four point night including a goal and three assists.

The Rockets meanwhile play their third game in as many nights having dropped a 7-4 decision to the Rebels in Red Deer last night. The Rockets have 15 returning players from last year’s championship team and will look to solidify themselves at least a five-hundred road trip as they will wrap up their four-game Alberta swing in Medicine Hat.

It’s the first of three meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Rockets. The two will face off again on Halloween before renewing acquaintances on February 2nd.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Home Cooking: Tonight will be the first of a four game home stand for the Hurricanes who will play a total of five out of their next six at the friendly confines of the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes will look to pick up as many points as they can before embarking on a six-game road trip, their longest trip of the season, when they head to Edmonton before making stops at all five BC Division teams.

It’s Been Awhile: The Hurricanes, for the first time in four years have started the season with a 2-1-0-0 record. You have to go back to the start of the 2011-2012 season to find the last time the ‘Canes started with a winning record through three games. The picked up wins over Medicine Hat (4-2) and Calgary (6-5) while dropping a decision to Kootenay (2-0) to start that campaign.

Kelowna Point of View

Boiling Baillie: Twenty-year-old Tyson Baillie has been on a tear in the first week of the regular season. The five year veteran has already racked up nine points (5g-4a). The Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta product had a career year last season picking up 37 goals and 76 points in 68 games.

15 Memorial Cup Returners: Yes, the Kelowna Rockets are the defending WHL Champions having swept the Brandon Wheat Kings for the Ed Chynoweth Cup last spring. The Rockets went on to eventually fall 2-1 in overtime in the Memorial Cup Final to the Oshawa Generals. Of the 20 players that dressed in the devastating loss, 15 are currently still on the Rockets roster. Although, the five that are not as significant losses, including Cole Martin, Chance Braid, Madison Bowey, Josh Morrissey and Leon Draisaitl.

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