GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Wheat Kings

GameDayPreviewGame19-BrandonThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Brandon Wheat Kings
Where: Westman Communications Group Place
When: 6:30pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings in 2014/15: 0-3-1-0
Last Meeting: March 4th/2015 (7-3 Wheat Kings in Brandon)

‘Canes Record: 12-6-0-0
‘Canes Record (2014/2015):
 20-44-5-3
‘Canes Home Record: 7-1-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 5-5-0-0

Wheat Kings Record: 11-6-0-2
Wheat Kings Record (2014/2015): 53-11-4-4
Wheat Kings Home Record:
3-3-0-2
Wheat Kings Road Record: 8-3-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (5G, 24A, 29P)
‘Canes Leading Scorer (2014/2015):
 Tyler Wong (27G, 29A, 56P)
Wheat Kings Leading Scorer: Nolan Patrick (6G, 18A, 24P)
Wheat Kings Leading Scorer (2014/2015): Tim McGauley (42G, 63A, 105P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play game two of a three-in-three road trip through the East Division tonight when they head east to face the Brandon Wheat Kings at 6:30pm Mountain Time.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-2 loss a night ago in Moose Jaw to the Warriors. The ‘Canes led the game 2-0 and had a lead to start the third period but three goals in the final twenty minutes for the Warriors helped them to the victory. Tyler Wong snapped a five-game goalless drought with his 15th in the game while Cory Millette added his seventh in the losing cause. The ‘Canes have now lost four straight games on the road.

The Wheat Kings are off to an 11-6-0-2 start to the season but enter tonight’s game in third place in the East Division behind Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. The Wheat Kings have been riddled with injuries and it’s had an effect as the Wheaties have lost three straight games and are just 3-3-0-2 on home ice this season – Brandon only lost three regulation games at home all of last year posting a home record of 27-3-4-2 at Westman Communications Group Place.

It’s the first of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Wheat Kings; the ‘Canes went 0-3-1-0 against Brandon last year and will look for their first in in Manitoba since 2012.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

CHL Top 10: For the first time in over seven years the Hurricanes find themselves in the latest edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings drawing in at 10th place. The ‘Canes found themselves as an Honourable Mention earlier in the season.

Offense from the Defense: Second year rearguard Andrew Nielsen is off to a torrent start. The third round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in June has recorded 21 points (7g-14a) in his first 18 games. The Red Deer, AB product is on pace to score 84 points (30g-64a). He is currently tied for second in scoring amongst WHL defenseman with Victoria’s Joe Hicketts and only one point back of Calgary’s Travis Sanheim.

Brandon Point of View

Sputtering Wheaties: After chalking up 53 wins last year and winning the WHL regular season title, the Wheat Kings have had another strong start to the season having posted an 11-6-0-2 record through their first 19 games. However, the Wheaties have lost three straight games coming into action tonight.

Home Ice Advantage?: Last year the Wheat Kings posted an amazing home ice record of 27-3-4-2 for the best home ice record in the entire WHL. However, through eight games this year Brandon is a pedestrian 3-3-0-2 on home ice this season.

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