GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Rockets

GameDayPreviewGame14-KelownaThe Match Up

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


‘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):
‘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:
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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