Hurricanes Win Streak Snapped at Six

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     hitmen

Lethbridge Hurricanes (26-12-0-0)     vs.     Calgary Hitmen (25-13-1-1)

Estephan-Watson-CalgaryCandiceWardCreditThe Lethbridge Hurricanes concluded 2015 in Calgary against the Hitmen and had their six game winning streak snapped as they were handed a 6-4 loss at the Saddledome.

It was a game of power plays. The Hurricanes were on the wrong end of many of the calls as the power plays in the game favoured the Hitmen 9-4, including six straight man advantages in the second period. Giorgio Estephan scored a pair of goals while Jordy Bellerive snapped a 25-game goalless drought in the losing cause.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring as Brayden Burke scored his 10th of the season on a two-on-one just 3:50 into the hockey game. Justin Gutierrez made a perfect saucer pass across to Burke who buried it high passed Cody Porter to make it 1-0. Calgary equalized less than three minutes later as Keegan Kanzig put a shot from the line to the net that deflected off Kord Pankewicz and passed Jayden Sittler to make it 1-1. With just 1:52 left in the period, the Hurricanes took the lead as Carter Folk passed across to Bellerive on a two-on-one and the 16-year-old made no mistake scoring his second of the season to help the ‘Canes to a 2-1 lead after one period. Shots favoured the Hitmen 12-10.

Just 45 seconds into the second period the Hurricanes added to their lead as Estephan scored his first of two goals in the period as he let fly with a shot top shelf from the top of the circle to make it 3-1 – assists went to Burke and Andrew Nielsen; Estephan now has goals in seven of his last nine games. However, from there the Hurricanes continued to get tagged with penalties as seven straight penalties were called against the ‘Canes and Calgary made good on two in the period. First, Jakob Stukel scored to make it 3-2 with a power play goal at the 7:30 mark. Estephan added his second of the night and second shorthanded goal of the season to make it 4-2 but a power play goal at the 15:53 mark by Kanzig made it 4-3 heading into the third period. ‘Canes were outshot 9-4 in the middle frame.

Calgary added three more goals in the third period, including the eventual game winner on yet another power play. The Hitmen tied the game on a rush in on the wing and Layne Bensmiller sniped one over the blocker of Sittler at the 9:20 mark to tie the game at 4-4. Just 2:59 later, Stukel added his second of the game on a back-door feed from Jackson Houck as he gave Calgary their first lead of the night making it 5-4. The Hurricanes thought they had tied the game as it appeared that Cory Millette has knocked a puck in across the line. The referee nearest to the net signalled a goal, but upon a lengthy review was overturned despite what appeared to be inconclusive angles. The Hurricanes continued to press for an equalizer as they were awarded a power play late in the game but as they pulled the goalie for the extra attacker, Jake Bean found the empty net while shorthanded to seal the 6-4 win for the Hitmen in the first of the home-and-home with the Hurricanes.

The ‘Canes were outshot 17-4 in the third period and 38-18 on the night. It was the lowest shot total the ‘Canes have had all year. The Hurricanes went 1/4 on the power play while Calgary was 3/9 with the extra man.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Hitmen – #10 Jakob Stukel – (2 goals, 1 assist including game winner)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (2 goals)
3) Hitmen – #5 Keegan Kanzig – (2 goals)

The Hurricanes have their six game winning streak snapped by the loss and fall to 26-12-0-0 on the season. Despite being tied in points with the Hitmen with 52, the Hurricanes remain in first place in the Eastern Conference having played two less games than Calgary.

The two will ring in the New Year with a Saturday showdown at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm. Tickets are available by calling 402-329-SEAT.

(Photo Credit: Candice Ward/Calgary Hitmen)

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GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Hitmen

GameDayPreviewGame38-CalgaryThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Calgary Hitmen
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2015/16: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: December 2nd/2015 (6-4 OT Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 26-11-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 14-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 12-8-0-0

Hitmen Record: 24-13-1-1
Hitmen Home Record: 
12-4-1-0
Hitmen Road Record: 12-9-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (9G, 44A, 53P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Radel Fazleev (14G, 28A, 42P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes hit the road for a game tonight in Calgary at Scotiabank Saddledome against the Calgary Hitmen at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes sit two points better than the Hitmen atop the Eastern Conference after picking up a 5-2 victory last night at home against the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Hurricanes were led by Tyler Wong and Giorgio Estephan who each had three point games. Stuart Skinner was strong making 43 saves for his 14th victory of the year.

The win for the ‘Canes improved their overall record to 26-11-0-0 and their home ice record to 14-3-0-0. The Hurricanes have won six straight games and 13 of their last 15 outings.

Meanwhile, Calgary is coming off a Sunday-Monday sweep of the Kootenay Ice. The Hitmen enter play tonight with a record of 24-13-1-1 on the season and sit second in the Central Division with a total of 50 points.

Tonight will be the second of six meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Hitmen, Lethbridge won the first one 6-4 back on December 2nd. Tonight will also be the first of a home-and-home series between the two as the ‘Canes will host the Hitmen on Saturday at the ENMAX Centre.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

2015 Success: In 72 games during the calendar year of 2015, the Hurricanes have posted an overall record of 37-32-2-1 accumulating a total of 77 points. The ‘Canes were 20-14-1-1 on home ice and 15-18-1-0 away from home during 2015. The Hurricanes are 26-11-0-0 in the 2015-2016 season.

Road Success: The Hurricanes wrapped up a stretch of seven straight games on the road on Sunday with a 5-4 overtime win in Medicine Hat. In the seven games, the ‘Canes posted an impressive 6-1-0-0 record. The ‘Canes picked up wins in Brandon, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Red Deer and Medicine Hat. On the trip, the ‘Canes scored a total of 36 goals (5.14 avg.).

Calgary Point of View

Big Guys Missing: The Hitmen are without their leading scorer Radel Fazleev and their top defenseman in Travis Sanheim. Both are attending the World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland. Sanheim is playing with Team Canada while Fazleev is representing Team Russia. Both are Philadelphia Flyer draft picks.

Porter Stopping Pucks: The Hitmen made a big trade with the Vancouver Giants back in October when they acquired forwards Jackson Houck, Jakub Stukel and goaltender Cody Porter. Porter has been great for the Hitmen. In 20 games with Calgary, the netminder has posted an impressive 14-3-1-0 record with a 2.73 goals against average and a .892 save percentage.

Hurricanes Win 6th Straight; Defeat Tigers 5-2

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (26-11-0-0)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (12-20-3-1)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned to the ENMAX Centre after 24 days since their last home game to face the Medicine Hat Tigers in their final home game of 2015 and the ‘Canes didn’t disappoint picking up their sixth straight win with a 5-2 decision in front of 4,712 fans.

Giorgio Estephan and Tyler Wong led the way offensively as they each picked up three points. Estephan had a goal and two assists while Wong had two goals and a helper. Stuart Skinner improved to 14-6-0-0 on the year with a 43 save performance.

The ‘Canes jumped out to an early lead as Wong scored his first of two in the game just 2:37 into the game on a power play as the captain made it 1-0 – assists went to Estephan and Andrew Nielsen. Tigers were strong in the first period as they outshot the ‘Canes 18-11 in the period and eventually tied the game as Matt Bradley scored his 11th goal of the year to make it 1-1 at the 16:22 mark. However, a goal by Kord Pankewicz with 48 seconds left in the game gave the ‘Canes a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.

The two played a pretty even second period with the Hurricanes holding the shot advantage by a 14-10 margin. Both teams had their chances but Skinner and Nick Schneider were both solid in net. The Hurricanes finally broke through as Estephan jumped on a loose puck after Jordy Bellerive hit the post and beat Schneider to make it 3-1 with his 17th of the season as the ‘Canes led by two after two.

In the third, the ‘Canes added a couple more. On a power play Arvin Atwal let fly with a point shot that found its way through the crowd and passed Schneider to make it 4-1 with 7:42 gone in the period– assists went to Egor Babenko and Kord Pankewicz. Just 2:20 later, Wong added his second of the game and 24th of the season to make it 5-1. The Tigers added a late goal by Chad Butcher but the ‘Canes would hang on for the 5-2 victory.

The Hurricanes were outshot 17-10 in the third period and 45-35 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 2/3 on the power play while they were a perfect 3/3 on the penalty kill.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 goal, 2 assists, including the game winner)
2) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (43 saves)
3) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (2 goals, 1 assist)

The Hurricanes improved to 14-3-0-0 on home ice and 26-11-0-0 overall and remain first place in the Eastern Conference. The ‘Canes are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to face the Calgary Hitmen at the Saddledome at 7:00pm.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Tigers

GameDayPreviewGame37-MedicineHatThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2015/16: 3-1-0-0
Last Meeting: December 27th/2015 (5-4 OT Hurricanes in Medicine Hat)

‘Canes Record: 25-11-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 13-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 12-8-0-0

Tigers Record: 12-1932-1
Tigers Home Record: 
7-10-1-1
Tigers Road Record: 5-9-2-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (9G, 43A, 52P)
Tigers Leading Scorer: Chad Butcher (9G, 26A, 35P)

The Break Down

 

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off the schedule half of the schedule tonight at 7:00pm when they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre. It’s the first home game the Hurricanes have played since December 5th when they picked up a 6-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-4 overtime victory on Sunday evening in Medicine Hat in the first game back after the Christmas Break. Ryley Lindgren scored twice including the overtime winner, his second of the season, in the victory. Giorgio Estephan also scored two goals in the game while Jayden Sittler improved to 12-5-0-0 on the year.

The win for the Hurricanes improved their record to 25-11-0-0 on the season and 12-8-0-0 on the road. The ‘Canes posted an impressive 6-1-0-0 record in seven straight games away from home.

Tigers captain Cole Sanford led all Medicine Hat scorers with three points (1g-2a), all coming in an excellent second period for the Tigers. Max Gerlach scored his team-leading 20th goal of the season while the Tigers went 2/3 on the power play.

Tonight will be the fifth meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Tigers and the final meeting until the season’s final weekend in March. The ‘Canes hold a 3-1-0-0 record against Medicine Hat this season and have won two straight. The last time the Tigers were in Lethbridge was October 9th when the Hurricanes earned a lopsided 7-0 win.

Tickets are still available for tonight’s game by calling (403) 329-7328 or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

2015 Success: In 71 games during the calendar year of 2015, the Hurricanes have posted an overall record of 36-32-2-1 accumulating a total of 75 points. The ‘Canes are 19-14-1-1 on home ice and 15-18-1-0 away from home during 2015. The Hurricanes are 25-11-0-0 in the 2015-2016 season.

Road Success: The Hurricanes wrapped up a stretch of seven straight games on the road on Sunday with a 5-4 overtime win in Medicine Hat. In the seven games, the ‘Canes posted an impressive 6-1-0-0 record. The ‘Canes picked up wins in Brandon, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Red Deer and Medicine Hat. On the trip, the ‘Canes scored a total of 36 goals (5.14 avg.).

Medicine Hat Point of View

Sanford Leading: The Tigers captain Cole Sanford is having another good season. The 20-year-old had 50 goals and 95 points last year as a 19-year-old. This season, Sanford has 32 points (17g-15a) in 29 games. He had a goal and two assists against the Hurricanes on Sunday night in the 5-4 overtime loss.

Rookie Sniper: The Tigers have found a gem out of Texas. Max Gerlach appears to be Cole Sanfor 2.0. Gerlach, who hails from Flower Mound, Texas, has scored 20 goals already this season in his first 35 games. The 17-year-old leads the Tigers in tucks this season, three more than Sanford who tallied 50 last year. He also leads the WHL in power play goals with 10.

Hurricanes Win OT Thriller in Medicine Hat

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     Tigers

Lethbridge Hurricanes (25-11-0-0)     vs.     Medicine Hat Tigers (12-19-3-1)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off the unofficial second half of the season Sunday with the final game of the first half of their schedule and they did not disappoint picking up a thrilling 5-4 overtime win in Medicine Hat against the Tigers.

The Hurricanes were led by Giorgio Estephan and Ryley Lindgren who each had two goals in the victory. Andrew Nielsen and Brayden Burke also had two assists in the win. Jayden Sittler earned his 12th victory of the season making 27 saves, including three huge stops in the overtime session.

It was a good start to the game for the Hurricanes who had some good early looks but Nick Schneider stood tall keeping the game scoreless. The ‘Canes did open the scoring however as Estephan scored his first of two on the night with a power play snipe at the 10:12 mark of the first – assists went to Burke and Nielsen. Ryley Lindgren scored his first of the game at the 17:22 mark to make it 2-0 – Carter Folk and Nielsen earned the helpers as the ‘Canes led 2-0 after one period. Lethbridge outshot Medicine Hat 13-7 in the first period.

Medicine Hat came to life in the second period as they got on the board early as Max Gerlach scored 13 seconds into a power play to make it 2-1 as he had a puck pinball to him at the side of the net. Just 45 seconds later, the ‘Canes rebuilt their two goal lead as Justin Gutierrez potted his 18th of the year to extend his point scoring streak to eight games making it 3-1. Two goals just under seven minutes apart by the Tigers’ Cole Sanford and Mark Rassell tied the game at three. With 1:52 left in the period Jordy Bellerive centred for Estephan who buried one by Schneider to give the ‘Canes a 4-3 lead after two periods. Tigers had the favoured the shot department 14-10 in the middle frame.

It was a fast-paced third period that saw a stretch of five minutes in the middle part of the period without a whistle. The Hurricanes did surrender a game-tying goal as Matt Bradley bust in on the left wing and slipped one under the pad of Sittler to make it 4-4. With 2:48 left in the game, the ‘Canes netminder Sittler hustled out of the crease to swat away a puck that a Tiger was racing to for a breakaway, but the puck went over the glass and out of play, resulting in a delay of game penalty. The Hurricanes killed off the penalty and the game went to overtime.

In the overtime session, the Tigers had the edge in shots 3-2 and the best chances went in favour of the home team. Medicine Hat had a break and a two-on-one that Sittler made great saves on both keeping the game tied. With 2:23 gone in the extra session, Lindgren buried his second of the game and second overtime winner of the season to give the Hurricanes a 5-4 victory.

The Hurricanes outshot the Tigers 38-31 in the game. The ‘Canes went 1/1 on the power play while the Tigers went 2/3 with the extra man.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (2 goals)
2) Tigers – #26 Cole Sanford – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – (2 assists)

The victory for the Hurricanes improves their road record to 12-8-0-0 and their overall record to 25-11-0-0 on the season. The ‘Canes remain first place in the Eastern Conference with 50 points on the year. The Hurricanes are now 13-1-0-0 against the Central Division.

The Hurricanes have now won five straight games and posted a record of 6-1-0-0 in seven straight games away from home. ‘Canes return home Tuesday to face the Tigers in the second of the home-and-home.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Tigers

GameDayPreviewGame36-MedicineHatThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Medicine Hat Tigers
Where: Canalta Centre
When: 6:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2015/16: 2-1-0-0
Last Meeting: October 7th/2015 (7-0 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 24-11-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 13-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 11-8-0-0

Tigers Record: 12-19-2-1
Tigers Home Record: 
7-10-0-1
Tigers Road Record: 5-9-2-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (9G, 41A, 50P)
Tigers Leading Scorer: Chad Butcher (9G, 25A, 34P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off the unofficial second half tonight as they return to action after a seven day break for Christmas to face the Medicine Hat Tigers at 6:00pm at the Canalta Centre.

The Hurricanes are coming off a massive 6-1 victory last Saturday in Red Deer over the Rebels to wrap up a six game road trip. The ‘Canes posted a 5-1-0-0 record on their six game trip. Tonight will be the seventh straight road game for the Hurricanes.

The ‘Canes went into the Christmas break on a four game winning streak and in sole possession of first overall in the Eastern Conference with a record of 24-11-0-0 on the season, two points better than the Rebels and Calgary Hitmen.

The Tigers went into the break having won four of their last five games. Medicine Hat earned a 7-5 victory over the Hitmen in Calgary on December 19th. The Tigers have had a difficult season to date as they enter with a record of 12-19-2-1 on the year and sit 20th in the WHL standings.

Tonight will be the fourth of seven meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Tigers. The home team has won all three games and the ‘Canes picked up a 7-0 win over the Tigers in their last meeting on October 7th in Lethbridge.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Top 10, Again: The Hurricanes again have cracked the CHL’s BMO Top 10 rankings for the third straight week as they were listed at #8 for Week 14, a one spot improvement over their #9 ranking from Week 13. The ‘Canes were also listed as #10 in Week 12 and Week 8 rankings and were named an Honourable Mention in the Week 6 edition of the Top 10.

Sitting Pretty: The Hurricanes entered the Christmas break with a record of 24-11-0-0 to finish the unofficial first half. With 48 points, the ‘Canes sit in sole possession of first overall in the Eastern Conference and just three points back of the league-leading Kelowna Rockets for first in the entire WHL.

Medicine Hat Point of View

Finding Their Way: It’s been a difficult season so far for the Tigers. However, at 12-19-2-1 on the season, Medicine Hat has found some success as of late. The Tigers won four of their last five games heading into the Christmas Break. They earned a 7-5 win at the Saddledome on the 19th over the Hitmen.

Rookie Sniper: The Tigers have found a gem out of Texas. Max Gerlach appears to be Cole Sanfor 2.0. Gerlach, who hails from Flower Mound, Texas, has scored 19 goals already this season in his first 34 games. The 17-year-old leads the Tigers in tucks this season, three more than Sanford who tallied 50 last year.

Hurricanes Pound Rebels 6-1; Head Into Break First in Eastern Conference

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     rebels

Lethbridge Hurricanes (24-11-0-0)     vs.     Red Deer Rebels (23-12-0-0)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes concluded a season long six game pre-Christmas road trip on Saturday night with a massive 6-1 victory over the Red Deer Rebels in a first place showdown.

The Hurricanes started slow but found their stride midway through the first period and never looked back scoring twice in the first, three in the second and adding one in the third period. Jayden Sittler was strong making 25 saves to improve to 6-1-0-0 lifetime against his hometown team and 11-5-0-0 on the season.

It was the Hurricanes fourth game in five nights and you could tell early on as the ‘Canes had somewhat of a sluggish start as Red Deer pounced on them early outing them 8-1 in the first seven minutes of the period. But a perfectly timed media timeout gave the Hurricanes an opportunity to regroup and shortly after resuming play Barrett Sheen tipped home his fourth goal of the season, and second in as many games, as the fourth line opened the scoring for the second straight night making it 1-0 – assists went to Arvin Atwal and Jordy Bellerive.  Despite taking the lead, it didn’t last long as just 1:32 later Rebels captain Wyatt Johnson tied the game with a shot off the wing to make it 1-1. Late in the period, Giorgio Estephan blocked a point shot and hustled after the puck resulting in a breakaway from the centre ice line in and made no mistake slipping one five-hole passed Rylan Toth to give the ‘Canes a 2-1 lead with just 1:32 left in the period. With seconds remaining, Sittler made his best stop of the night as he absolutely robbed Presten Kopeck with a sprawling goal-line glove save on a breakaway to keep the ‘Canes in front 2-1 after one. Despite being outshot 8-1 early, the ‘Canes held the advantage 14-12 after one period.

In the second period, the ‘Canes added to their lead with two goals 1:33 apart. First, Carter Folk blew down the left wing and let a wicked wrist shot go that beat Toth high to the glove side giving the ‘Canes a 3-1 lead – assists went to Cory Millette and Ryley Lindgren. Shortly after, on a power play, Kord Pankewicz received a pass from Millette and he made no mistake moving in down the wing and beating Toth making it 4-1 with ten minutes left in the period – Justin Gutierrez picked up the second assist on the play. The Pankewicz goal was the end of the night for Toth who was pulled in favour of Trevor Martin; it was the second straight game against the ‘Cane that Toth was given the hook. Martin wouldn’t fare much better as on the first shot he saw the ‘Canes made it 5-1 as Egor Babenko redirected an Andrew Nielsen point shot passed the Rebels backup goalie, second assist went to Gutierrez, as the ‘Canes had a big lead after two periods of play.

In the third, the ‘Canes added one more as Ryley Lindgren busted in on the right wing and let a bullet go from the top of the right circle on the power play to give the ‘Canes a 6-1 lead just 3:20 into the final frame. The Hurricanes continued to press in the game and but wouldn’t add any more as they’d skate to the convincing 6-1 victory.

The Hurricanes outshot the Rebels 9-6 in the third period and 33-26 in the game. The ‘Canes went 2/3 on the power play while were a perfect 5/5 on the penalty kill.

Three stars of the game in the building were:
1) ‘Canes – #16 Ryley Lindgren – (1 goal, 1 goal)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 goal, 1 assist, including game winner)
3) ‘Canes – #33 Jayden Sittler – (25 saves)

The win for the Hurricanes was their fifth straight against Red Deer dating back to last year. It also improved their road record to 11-8-0-0 and was their fourth straight to head into the Christmas Break. The ‘Canes completed their long road trip with an impressive 5-1-0-0 record with the only blemish being a 6-5 loss in Regina.

The Hurricanes head into the break with an overall record of 24-11-0-0 on the season and sit in sole possession of first place in the entire Eastern Conference and just three points back of the Kelowna Rockets for first place in the Western Hockey League.

The Hurricanes are back in action on Sunday, December 27th when they travel to Medicine Hat to face the Tigers in the first of a home-and-home. The ‘Canes return home for their first game at the ENMAX Centre in three and a half weeks when they welcome the Tigers on Tuesday, December 29th.