Gutierrez Named WHL Player of the Week


Gutierrez-BrandonCalgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Lethbridge Hurricanesforward Justin Gutierrez has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 29th, 2015.

Gutierrez recorded six points (6g-0a) in three games to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a record of 3-0-0-0 for the week.

On Thursday, November 26th against the Kootenay ICE, Gutierrez scored his sixth goal of the season to help lead the Hurricanes to a 9-0 win. The following night against the Brandon Wheat Kings, Gutierrez netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the Hurricanes’ 4-2 win. Gutierrez was named the game’s first star for his efforts. On Saturday, November 28th, Gutierrez capped off a productive week by recording a hat-trick against the Kootenay ICE in their 3-2 victory. Gutierrez earned first star honours on Saturday for the second consecutive night.

The 19-year-old Anchorage, AK native has collected 23 points (11g-12a) in 26 games this season. The 6-4, 200 lb forward is in his fourth WHL campaign with Lethbridge and has amassed 82 points (29g-53a) in 212 career WHL regular season contests.

The WHL has also nominated Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Hart, a 1998-born netminder from Sherwood Park, AB, posted a record of 3-0-0-0 with a 0.33 goals against average and a .985 save percentage with two shutouts. On Wednesday, November 25th, Hart turned aside 26 shots to pick up the shutout against the Tri-City Americans in a 5-0 defeat. The following night, Hart continued his consistent play as he stopped 14 shots to guide the Silvertips to a 5-0 shutout over the Moose Jaw Warriors. On Sunday, November 29th against the Spokane Chiefs, Hart was solid as he stopped 25 shots to lead the Silvertips to a 5-1 victory and claim second star honours.

Currently in his second season with the Silvertips, Hart has posted a 32-12-2-6 record with 10 shutouts in 54 career WHL regular season appearances. So far this season, Hart has recorded six shutouts through 22 games to go along with a 14-6-0-2 record and a 1.61 goals against average.
WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Alex Forsberg, Victoria Royals
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Jon Martin, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Jesse Gabrielle, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Jackson Houck, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Tyson Baillie, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Justin Gutierrez, Lethbridge Hurricanes


Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week (WHL Nominee)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 12 – Oct 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raider
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Declan Hobbs, Kootenay ICE
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips


Gutierrez Helps ‘Canes Over Ice

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     ice

Lethbridge Hurricanes (17-9-0-0)     vs.     (6-19-2-0)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes completed a three-in-three weekend with a 3-2 win in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice; it was the fourth straight win against the Ice this season.

Justin Gutierrez scored his first career hattrick in the game to improve his point scoring streak to six games, while Stuart Skinner made 21 saves for his ninth victory of the season.

The Hurricanes came out flying in the opening period quickly taking it to the Ice. The Hurricanes opened the scoring for the 16th time this season when Gutierrez scored his ninth of the season at the 4:17 mark – assists went to Egor Babenko and Brayden Burke. Hurricanes held Kootenay without a shot for the first 11 minutes of the game; going back to Thursday’s game, the ‘Canes didn’t surrender a shot in the third period. A tripping minor to Carter Folk resulted in a power play goal for the Ice as Dylan Stewart snuck one through the pads of Skinner to tie the game 1-1 after twenty minutes. Shots favoured the ‘Canes 15-4 in the opening period.

Lethbridge continued to press in the second period as the ‘Canes peppered Wyatt Hoflin with 23 shots on goal – Hoflin was outstanding in the Kootenay crease stopping Carter Folk and Babenko on separate breakaways to keep Kootenay in the game. Gutierrez scored his second goal of the game at the 6:04 mark with a power play goal to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead. Cory Millette and Ryley Lindgren picked up the assists. Despite not being able to beat Hoflin, the ‘Canes didn’t sway from the game plan and Gutierrez completed his first career hat-trick with just 44 seconds left in the middle period – Burke and Babenko picked up the helpers again as the ‘Canes led 3-1 through two periods. Shots favoured the ‘Canes 23-7 in the second and 38-11 after forty minutes.

Kootenay pressured in the third period. On another power play, with Carter Folk in the penalty box, the Ice would get within one as Matt Alfaro had a puck deflect to him at the side of the net and Alfaro beat Skinner who was out of position to cut the lead to 3-2. Chances for both teams in the remaining 19 minutes but the Hurricanes would hold on to pick up a 3-2 win over Kootenay for their fourth straight win.

The ‘Canes were outshot 12-5 in the third period, but outshot the Ice 43-23 in the game. The ‘Canes went 1/5 on the power play while Kootenay was 2/3.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #23 Justin Gutierrez – (3 goals, 1st career hattrick)
2) Ice – #30 Wyatt Hoflin – (40 saves)
3) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – (2 assists)

The Hurricanes have now won four straight games and snapped a six game road losing streak with the victory. The ‘Canes improved to 17-9-0-0 on the season and are next in action Wednesday when they welcome the Calgary Hitmen at the ENMAX Centre.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Ice

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


‘Canes vs. Ice in 2015/16: 3-0-0-0
Last Meeting: November 26th/2015 (9-0 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 16-9-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 11-2-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 5-7-0-0

Ice Record: 6-18-2-0
Ice Home Record: 
Ice Road Record: 1-11-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (5G, 26A, 31P)
Ice Leading Scorer: Cameron Hebig (10G, 13A, 23P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a three-in-three weekend tonight as they travel to Cranbrook to take on the Kootenay Ice in hopes of extending their winning streak to four straight games.

The ‘Canes are coming off a 4-2 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings last night at the ENMAX Centre for their third straight win. Justin Gutierrez scored twice, including the game winner, while Egor Babenko had another three-point game in the victory.

The Ice had Friday night off. Their last game was when the Hurricanes defeated them 9-0 on Thursday night in Lethbridge. Tonight will be the fourth of seven meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Ice – Hurricanes are 3-0-0-0 this season against Kootenay.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Making the List: In his first 25 WHL games, rookie import forward Egor Babenko has racked up 27 points (13g-14a) and has put up 12 points (5g-7a) in his last seven games. The Tyumen, Russia product has been noticed by NHL scouts as the 18-year-old was recently ranked as a ‘C’ skater on the latest ‘Players to Watch List’ for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by NHL Central Scouting. Babenko is on pace to score 37 goals, the last ‘Cane import to score 30+ goals was Tomas Kopecky who had (34g-42a) in 2001-2002.

Dominating: Tonight will be the fourth of seven meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Ice. The ‘Canes have outscored the Ice 17-3 in the three contests. The two met on Thursday in Lethbridge where the Hurricanes picked up a 9-0 victory.

Kootenay Point of View

Ice Chipped: The Kootenay roster has been chipped away with injuries this season. Currently out of the Ice line up include: Jason Wenzel (day-to-day); River Beattie (1-2 weeks); Zak Zborosky (week-to-week); Tyler King, Jaedon Descheneau and Luke Philp (out indefinitely).

Tight Games: Of their first 25 games of the season, the Ice have played a total of 13 one-goal games. The Ice have posted a record of 5-6-2-0 in those 13 games. The Ice have gone to overtime a total of five times this season, winning three and losing once.

Hurricanes Double Up Wheat Kings 4-2

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     wheat kings

Lethbridge Hurricanes (16-9-0-0)     vs.     Brandon Wheat Kings (14-8-0-2)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes made it three straight wins concluding a five game home stand with a 4-1-0-0 record as they picked up a 4-2 win over the defending Eastern Conference champion Brandon Wheat Kings Friday night in front of 3,215 at the ENMAX Centre.

Justin Gutierrez scored a pair of goals, including the game winner, while Tyler Wong and Egor Babenko added the others in the victory. Jayden Sittler made 23 saves for his eighth win of the season.

For the 15th time this season, the Hurricanes opened the scoring as Babenko capitalized on a John Quenneville give away as he beat Jordan Papirny high to the blocker just 2:23 into the hockey game for his 13th of the season to make it 1-0. Quenneville, however, got redemption as he tied the game at the 8:40 mark with a shot over Sittler’s blocker. Brandon took the lead when Tanner Kaspick redirected his seventh goal of the year passed Sittler to make it 2-1 Brandon heading into the second period.

The ‘Canes didn’t take long to tie the game as Wong scored his team-leading 18th of the year 1:34 into the middle frame – Giorgio Estephan picked up the lone assist to make it 2-2. The ‘Canes took the lead when Gutierrez scored his first of two on the night on a two-on-one rush beating Papirny low to the glove just 1:59 after Wong’s goal to make it 3-2 Lethbridge. The Hurricanes outshot the Wheat Kings 17-10 in the second period.

Much like the third period in Thursday’s game, the Hurricanes clamped it down on Friday. The Hurricanes outshot the Wheat Kings 10-6 in the third period and Gutierrez scored his eighth of the season to make it 4-2. Brandon had some chances late, but the Hurricanes closed it out picking up their 11th home victory of the season.

The Hurricanes outshot the Wheat Kings 35-25 on the night. The ‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play and were 4/4 on the penalty kill.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #23 Justin Gutierrez – (2 goals, including game winner)
2) ‘Canes – #22 Egor Babenko – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) Wheat Kings – #17 John Quenneville – (1 goal)

The Hurricanes improved to 11-2-0-0 on home ice this season and 16-9-0-0 overall on the season. The ‘Canes wrap up a three-in-three weekend Saturday night when they visit the Kootenay Ice at Western Financial Place at 7:00pm.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings

GameDayPreviewGame25-BrandonThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Brandon Wheat Kings
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings in 2015/16: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: November 14th/2015 (4-1 Wheaties in Brandon)

‘Canes Record: 15-9-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 10-2-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 5-7-0-0

Wheat Kings Record: 9-8-3-0
Wheat Kings Home Record: 
Wheat Kings Road Record: 6-2-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (6G, 29A, 35P)
Wheat Kings Leading Scorer: Jayce Hawryluk (12G, 14A, 26P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a five game home stand tonight at 7:00pm as they welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings to the ENMAX Centre on “Canes Crush Cancer” night.

The ‘Canes are coming off a 9-0 shutout win over the Kootenay Ice last night at home to improve their home ice record to 10-2-0-0 (most home victories in the WHL). The win also improved their overall record to 15-9-0-0 on the year.

Nine different goal scorers lit the lamp in the victory while six players registered multi-point games in the victory. Stuart Skinner made 18 saves in the win for his second career shutout, one year to the day that he recorded his first (Nov. 26/2014).

The Wheat Kings are well rested heading into tonight’s game having not played since a 2-1 home ice win over the Regina Pats last Friday. The Wheaties sit second in the East Division with a record of 14-7-0-2 on the season. Brandon won the lone meeting of the season against the ‘Canes earning a 4-1 win November 14th in Manitoba as they scored three goals, including two empty netters, in the third period en route to the victory.

The Hurricanes will be wearing special edition “Canes Crush Cancer” jerseys tonight as they conclude “Canes Crush Cancer” month. The jerseys are available via silent auction at the game.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Run for their Money: The Hurricanes gave the Wheat Kings a run for their money in their only meeting of the season just two weeks ago in Brandon. The ‘Canes and Wheaties were tied heading into the third period in that game before Brandon scored a shorty and two empty netters resulting in a 4-1 win. If not for Jordan Papirny, ‘Canes would’ve stomped the Wheat Kings.

Not So Lopsided, eh!: Hindsight is always interesting. When you look at the trade last September that saw Ryley Lindgren and Kord Pankewicz come to Lethbridge for Macoy Erkamps and Reid Duke, people thought it was lopsided in favour of the Wheat Kings. But, upon further inspection over a year later, it’s pretty even. Heading into the weekend, this season Lindgren has 21 points (12g-9a) in 23 games = Duke has 18 points (12g-6a) in 22 games. In 82 games with the ‘Canes, Pankewicz has 54 points (7g-47a) = in 91 games, Erkamps has 53 points (8g-45a). Pretty even if you ask me.

Brandon Point of View

McGauley Back: After getting injured on opening night, Tim McGauley returned last weekend for the Wheat Kings. The overage centre has one goal in two games this year. He had 105 points a season ago to finish third in league scoring only behind Oliver Bjorkstrand and Trevor Cox.

Five-on-Five: Playing the Wheat Kings you’re not going to have many power play opportunities. Brandon enters tonight the least penalized team in the WHL’s Eastern Conference with only 245 penalty minutes. They are the fourth least penalized team in the entire league.

Hurricanes Handle Ice 9-0

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     ice

Lethbridge Hurricanes (15-9-0-0)     vs.     Kootenay Ice (6-18-2-0)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued their home ice dominance at the ENMAX Centre as they rolled over the Kootenay Ice 9-0 Thursday night as nine different goal scorers lit the lamp.

All but two players, Ryley Lindgren and Ryan Vandervlis, registered at least a single point in the victory. Six different Hurricanes had multi-point games (Arvin Atwal, Tyler Wong, Giorgio Estephan, Brett Davis, Brayden Burke and Egor Babenko). Stuart Skinner earned his second career shutout one year to the day of his first.

The game started slowly for the Hurricanes as Kootenay had a strong start to the game. The Ice outshot the Hurricanes 4-0 early in the game and held the ‘Canes without a shot for the first ten minutes of the game. However, on a rush up the ice, Davis set up Barrett Sheen who scored his first ever WHL goal to make it 1-0 – Atwal picked up the second assist – as the ‘Canes led 1-0 after twenty minutes. The Hurricanes outshot the Ice 9-6 in the opening period.

The ‘Canes exploded in the second for four goals. Burke scored his sixth of the season to make it 2-0 just 2:35 into the second period. Just under four minutes later, Estephan snapped a three game goalless drought making it 3-0. Justin Gutierrez added his sixth before Wong scored his 17th of the season at the 15:17 mark on a power play to make it 5-0 after two periods of play.

Lethbridge added four more in the third period as Cory Millette continued his hot hand potting his 11th of the season on a shorthanded breakaway 4:50 into the third period. Atwal picked up his fifth before Carter Folk added his third on a power play. Davis rounded out the scoring with his third in as many games with another power play goal as they went on to the 9-0 win.

The Hurricanes outshot the Ice 17-0 in the third period and 48-18 in the game. The ‘Canes went 3/5 on the power play while were 4/4 on the penalty kill.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – (1 goal, 3 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (1 goal, 2 assists)

The Hurricanes improved to 10-2-0-0 on home ice, the most home victories in the WHL, as they matched the entire home ice win total from 2014-2015. The ‘Canes improve to 15-9-0-0 on the season.

The ‘Canes are back in action on Friday night when they welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings on the finale of “Canes Crush Cancer” month. The ‘Canes will be wearing special edition “Canes Crush Cancer” jerseys that are available via silent auction.

Tickets are available by calling (403) 329-SEAT.

Hurricanes Acquire Pick for Wesley


The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have acquired a seventh round draft pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for forward Johnny Wesley.

Wesley was originally acquired by the Hurricanes at the 2015 trade deadline from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for overage forward Zane Jones.

In 31 games with the ‘Canes last season, Wesley registered 11 points (6g-5a) along with 19 penalty minutes. The 18-year-old from Surrey was re-assigned to the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles after training camp this season. In 18 games with the Eagles this year, Wesley has recorded 20 points (11g-9a) with 29 penalty minutes.

The Hurricanes host the Ice this evening at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm in the first of a three-in-three weekend. “Canes Crush Cancer” month continues as the team raises awareness of Prostate Cancer. Special edition t-shirts are available on the concourse for $20.00 with the proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.