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.

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