GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Ice

GameDayPreviewGame26-KootenayThe Match Up

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

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‘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: 
5-7-2-0
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.

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