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


‘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: 
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.


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