GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings

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

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‘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: 
3-6-2-0
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.

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