GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Ice

GameDayPreviewGame24-KootenayThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Ice in 2015/16: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: November 7th/2015 (3-2 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 14-9-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 9-2-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 5-7-0-0

Ice Record: 6-17-2-0
Ice Home Record: 
5-7-2-0
Ice Road Record: 1-10-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (5G, 26A, 31P)
Ice Leading Scorer: Luke Philp (13G, 16A, 29P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a rare Thursday, Friday, Saturday three-in-three tonight when they host the Kootenay Ice in the first of two meetings this weekend at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-2 win last Saturday over the Saskatoon Blades. Cory Millette had a career high four point game (1g-3a) while Egor Babenko had his first ever three point game (1g-2a) in the victory.

It was the Hurricanes ninth win at home this season as they improved to 9-2-0-0 at the ENMAX Centre this season and 14-9-0-0 overall. A win tonight and the Hurricanes will match their season total for home ice victories (10) from the 2014-2015 season.

Tonight will be the third meeting of the season against the Ice. The ‘Canes have won the previous two contests by 5-1 and 3-2 scores. The Ice had their two-game winning streak snapped last night with a 5-2 loss at home to the Red Deer Rebels.

Kootenay enters play tonight tied with Vancouver for last place in the WHL with 14 points. The Ice have a record of 6-17-2-0 this year and are 1-10-0-0 on the road.

“Canes Crush Cancer” month continues with the team raising awareness about Prostate Cancer. Special edition t-shirts are available on the concourse for $20.00 with the proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.

As well, fans are encouraged to bring a toy as ROCK 106 kicks off their 2015 ‘Toy Mountain’ tonight at the ENMAX Centre.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

200 for the Captain: Tonight will the 200th WHL game for Hurricanes Captain Tyler Wong who has played all 199 games in a ‘Canes uniform. Wong currently leads the team in goals (16) and is second in points (26) heading into action tonight. Wong is the 25th Captain in Hurricanes history.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: After being selected in the third round (65th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, defenseman Andrew Nielsen signed his first NHL contract inking an entry level deal on Monday with the Leafs. In 23 games this year, Nielsen has piled up 24 points (7g-17a) matching is 2014-2015 offensive output in 36 less games. He is currently second in WHL scoring by defenseman.

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 24 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.

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