GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Wheat Kings

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WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. 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 2015/16: 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting: November 27th/2015 (4-2 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 19-10-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 13-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 6-7-0-0

Wheat Kings Record: 18-9-1-2
Wheat Kings Home Record: 
7-5-1-2
Wheat Kings Road Record: 11-4-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (6G, 34A, 40P)
Wheat Kings Leading Scorer: Nolan Patrick (9G, 26A, 35P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a six game pre-Christmas road trip tonight when they make their final visit of the regular season to the province of Manitoba as they take on the Brandon Wheat Kings tonight at 6:30pm mountain time.

The Hurricanes are coming off a massive 6-2 win on Saturday when they beat the Red Deer Rebels on the 20th Annual Canadian Tire Toque and Teddy Toss at the ENMAX Centre. Cory Millette and Justin Gutierrez each scored twice while Darian Skeoch scored his first WHL goal before Barrett Sheen added his second of the season to ice the win. Jayden Sittler improved to 9-5-0-0 on the season with the win.

The ‘Canes were once again named one of the CHL’s Top 10 teams as they were ranked 10th on the latest BMO rankings. It’s the second time this season that the ‘Canes have been ranked 10th and the third time, including Honourable Mentions, that Lethbridge have been listed.

Tonight will be the third meeting against the Wheat Kings. The teams have split the two games this season with the home team winning both contests. Brandon is coming off a thrilling 6-5 victory Wednesday over the Swift Current Broncos that had Nolan Patrick score the game winner with just 20 seconds left.

Tune in starting at 6:15pm on ROCK 106 for Hurricanes Hockey brought to you by Lethbridge Kia.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Top 10, Again: For the second time this season, the Hurricanes have cracked the CHL’s BMO Top 10 rankings for Week 12 as they came in at #10. The ‘Canes were also listed as #10 on the Week 8 rankings and was named an Honourable Mention in the Week 6 edition of the Top 10.

Trade Alert: The Hurricanes announced on Thursday, December 10th, that they had traded 1998-born forward Jaeger White to the Everett Silvertips in exchange for a sixth round selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. As a result of the trade, Ben Duperreault was re-added from the SJHL’s Notre Dame Hounds.

Brandon Point of View

Home Ice, Not as Friendly: Last year the Wheat Kings were by far and away the best home ice team in the WHL. The Wheaties racked up a league-high 27 home ice wins. This year, not much the same. In their first 15 games at the Westman Place, Brandon has put forth a pedestrian 7-5-1-2 record.

Missing a Few: The Wheat Kings will be without some important pieces. Forwards John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk will be off in Toronto as they hope to make Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior competition. Ivan Provorov will be attending as well representing Russia.

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