Hurricanes Handed Second Straight Loss by Vancouver

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     giants

Lethbridge Hurricanes (36-14-0-0)     vs.     Vancouver Giants (20-27-3-2)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes played the second of a three game road trip on Saturday night in Vancouver against the Giants in hopes of beginning a new winning streak, but it was the Giants that scored four unanswered goals en route to a 4-2 victory.

It’s the first time since mid-November that the Hurricanes have lost back-to-back games. Cory Millette scored both goals for the Hurricanes in the loss while Jayden Sittler was sharp making 33 saves despite being handed the loss.

It was a fast-paced and entertaining first period. Both teams had some good looks early in the game but both Sittler and Giants’ netminder Ryan Kubic stood tall. Millette opened the scoring at the 8:31 mark of the opening period on a beautiful redirection off a Ryley Lindgren centering pass to make it 1-0 ‘Canes – Carter Folk drew the second assist. The Hurricanes were outshot 8-4 in the first period but led 1-0 after the opening twenty.

It was a see-saw second period the kicked off with a fight between Darian Skeoch and Taylor Crunk just eight seconds in. The Hurricanes had three power play opportunities in the period, but failed to convert on any of them. However, second after a their third power play had expired Millette beat Kubic low blocker to give the ‘Canes a 2-0 lead with just 5:16 left in the middle frame – Egor Babenko and Brady Reagan earned the assists. However, a power play goal by Trevor Cox at the 16:57 mark turned the game in favour of Vancouver. Just 1:52 after Cox’s goal, Alec Baer tied the game with a mid-slot shot that deflected off Nick Watson’s stick and in as the game was tied 2-2 after two period. Shots favoured the Giants 12-7 in the middle frame.

In the third, the Giants continued the momentum the developed in the final three minutes of the second. Vancouver outshot the ‘Canes 17-5 in the final twenty minutes and Chase Lang scored the eventual game winning goal with 9:55 left in the game as he willed the puck by Sittler to make it 3-2. The Giants added an empty netter as they’d go on to a 4-2 win.

Final shots in the game favoured the Giants 37-16 on the night. Both the Hurricanes and Giants were 0/3 on the power play.

Three stars in the game were:
1) Giants – #21 Brennan Mennell – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) Giants – #11 Chase Lang – (1 goal, 1 assist, including game winner)
3) ‘Canes – #10 Cory Millette – (2 goals)

The Hurricanes are now 0-2-0-0 on their three game road trip that wraps up Tuesday in Kelowna against the Rockets in a first place showdown. The ‘Canes end the month of January with a 10-2-0-0 record, their best month of the season. The Hurricanes fall to 36-14-0-0 on the season, but remain five points up on the Red Deer Rebels for top spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.


GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Giants

GameDayPreviewGame50-VancouverThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Vancouver Giants
Where: Pacific Coliseum
When: 8:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. Giants in 2015/16: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: October 28th/2015 (5-2 Hurricanes in Vancouver)

‘Canes Record: 36-13-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 22-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 14-10-0-0

Giants Record: 19-27-3-2
Giants Home Record: 
Giants Road Record: 9-14-2-2

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (18G, 57A, 75P)
Giants Leading Scorer: Chase Lang (18G, 31A, 49P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue their three-game BC Division road trip tonight when they visit the Vancouver Giants at 8:00pm in the final of two visits to Vancouver this season.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-1 loss last night in Victoria to the Royals as their 10-game winning streak came to an end. Stuart Skinner was once again outstanding for the ‘Canes as he made 39 saves and was named the games’ first star in the loss. Ryley Lindgren returned to the line-up and scored the ‘Canes lone goal of the game picking up his 20th of the season.

The Hurricanes enter tonight’s game with a 16-2-0-0 record in their last 18 games and are 36-13-0-0 on the season and remain just one point better than the Kelowna Rockets for first in the WHL.

The Giants are coming off a 4-3 overtime win in Kamloops last night against the Blazers. Ty Ronning scored his team-leading 27th goal of the season with just two seconds left in overtime for the winner.

Vancouver enters with a record of 19-27-3-2 on the season and sit just eight points back of the Spokane Chiefs who hold the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Hurricanes defeated the Giants 5-2 back on October 28th in their only meeting of the season.

Tune in to Lethbridge Kia Hurricanes Hockey on ROCK 106 starting at 7:45pm.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Sensational Skinner: Stuart Skinner has been at the top of his game as of late. The 17-year-old posted back-to-back shutouts last week and had a shutout streak of 177:49 minutes snapped in Victoria last night. Skinner is 8-1-0-0 in his last nine starts posting a 1.78 goals against average and a save percentage of .951.

Gone Streakin’: The Hurricanes enter tonight having had a 10-game win streak snapped last night in Victoria. It was the longest unbeaten streak since the 2004-2005 season when the ‘Canes posted 12 wins and two ties in a 14 game stretch between November 7th to December 10th of 2004. The Hurricanes didn’t even win ten straight in their 1996-1997 Championship season

Vancouver Point of View

Chip Off The Old Block: After an injury-riddled season last year, Ty Ronning has been outstanding for the Giants this season. The son of former NHLer Cliff Ronning, Ty has racked up a team-high 27 goals this season got the G-men. He attended, and scored, in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects game at the Pacific Coliseum on Thursday.

Outside Looking In: The Giants are going to need a strong final 21 games if they want to make the playoffs. Heading into action tonight, the Giants are eight points back of the Spokane Chiefs who hold down the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Time is certainly becoming an enemy of the Giants.

Hurricanes Win Streak Snapped in Victoria

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     royals

Lethbridge Hurricanes (36-13-0-0)     vs.     Victoria Royals (30-15-2-3)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a difficult three-game road trip on Friday night in Victoria against the rolling Royals in search of their 11th straight victory but it was not to be as the Royals picked up a 3-1 win at Save-On Foods Memorial Centre.

Stuart Skinner was sensational in the game as he made 39 saves on the night, but the Hurricanes offense for the first time this was looked anemic as they only mustered 17 shots in the game. Jack Walker scored twice in the game for Victoria.

It wasn’t a great opening period for the Hurricanes who seemed to come out of the gate somewhat flat. The Royals were buzzing early peppering Stuart Skinner early who entered on a shutout streak of 152:24. Skinner was sharp in the opening twenty minutes stopping all 16 Victoria shots while the ‘Canes only mustered five on Royals’ starter Coleman Vollrath. The bright spot of the period for the Hurricanes was when they killed off a five-on-three power play by Victoria, but the Royals couldn’t find a goal as the game was scoreless after one period.

The Royals continued to push the pace in the second period as they outshot the ‘Canes 11-4 in the middle frame. Victoria broke the deadlock 5:25 into the period as Jack Walker tipped home his 17th of the season – the assists went to Ralph Jarrett and Vladimir Bobylev. The goal for the Royals snapped Skinner’s shutout streak at 177:49 seconds as Victoria led 1-0 after forty minutes.

The Hurricanes came out and played better in the early part of the third period as they would tie the game just 5:40 into the period as Ryley Lindgren, who returned to the line up after missing five straight with a lower body injury, scored his 20th of the season on a power play to make it 1-1 – assists went to Brayden Burke and Andrew Nielsen. The tie game wouldn’t last long however as the ‘Canes Kord Pankewicz took a tripping penalty and Alex Forsberg made him pay scoring the game as Forsberg would score the eventual game winner just 4:05 after Lindgren tied the game as that made it 2-1. Royals added an empty netter with 1:17 left as Walker potted his second of the night to make it a 3-1 final.

Final shots in the third period favoured Victoria 13-8; Royals outshoot the ‘Canes 42-17 in hockey game. Hurricanes went 1/4 on the power play while Victoria was 1/5.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (39 saves)
2) Royals – #2 Joe Hicketts – (1 assist)
3) Royals – #9 Jack Walker – (2 goals)

The Hurricanes ten game winning streak was snapped as they fall to 36-13-0-0 on the season. The ‘Canes are back in action on Saturday night when they visit the Vancouver Giants at the Pacific Coliseum. Puck will drop at 8:00pm mountain time.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Royals

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WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Victoria Royals
Where: Save-On Foods Memorial Centre
When: 8:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. Royals in 2015/16: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: October 27th/2015 (4-3 SO Hurricanes in Victoria)

‘Canes Record: 36-12-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 22-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 14-9-0-0

Royals Record: 29-15-2-3
Royals Home Record: 
Royals Road Record: 13-9-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (18G, 56A, 74P)
Royals Leading Scorer: Alex Forsberg (19G, 41A, 60P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a three-game BC Division road trip tonight with designs of winning their 11th straight game when they visit the Victoria Royals at 8:00pm MT.

The Hurricanes are riding a 10-game winning streak after blanking the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday night at the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge. Giorgio Estephan, Kord Pankewicz and Egor Babenko all scored in the game while Stuart Skinner made 34 saves for his second straight shutout.

The win for the Hurricanes improved their overall record to a WHL-best 36-12-0-0 on the season.

Tonight will be the final of two meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Royals. The Hurricanes won the first contest on October 27th at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria 4-3 in a shootout in what was the first of a five-game BC Division swing.

The Royals are having a great season as they enter tonight with a record of 29-15-2-3 on the season and sit second in the Western Conference. The Royals are riding a six game point streak as they have collected at least a point in their last six outings going 5-0-1-0 in that span.

Tune in on Lethbridge Kia Hurricanes Hockey on ROCK 106 starting 7:45pm.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Beast Mode: Giorgio Estephan has officially entered Beast Mode. The Sabres draft pick is riding a 14 game point streak collecting 26 points (14g-12a) in that span. He has 33 points (18g-15a) in his last 20 games having scored points in 18 of those outings. He has 18 multi-point games this season. He was also named the WHL and CHL Player of the Week this past week.

Sensational Skinner: Stuart Skinner has been at the top of his game as of late. The 17-year-old has posted back-to-back shutouts and has not allowed a goal in 152:24 heading into tonight’s game. Skinner has won eight straight starts posting a 1.75 goals against average and a save percentage of .951 in that span.

Victoria Point of View

Rookie Sniper: It’s been a great rookie season for Royals sniper Matthew Phillips. The Calgary product leads all WHL freshman in goals with 26 tallies and is second to the ‘Canes Egor Babenko for points by a rookie with 52 points.

Top Notch Tenders: The Royals have one of the best goaltending tandems in the WHL with Coleman Vollrath and Griffen Outhouse. Both sit in the top five in save percentage and goals against average.

Hurricanes Blank Oil Kings 3-0; Earn 10th Straight Win

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     oil kings

Lethbridge Hurricanes (36-12-0-0)     vs.     Edmonton Oil Kings (19-23-6-1)

Skinner-Carroll-EdmontonThe Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a five game home stand with an exclamation point as they picked up a 3-0 shutout victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings for their 10th straight victory.

Stuart Skinner made 34 saves for his second consecutive shutout and third of the season. He hasn’t allowed a goal in 152:24 minutes of action. Giorgio Estephan extended his point scoring streak to 14 games with a goal while Brayden Burke continued his roll with an assist in the game.

The ‘Canes didn’t take long to find the net as just 1:17 into the game Estephan potted his 27th goal of the season on a power play to make it 1-0 as he slipped it through the legs of Oil Kings starter Payton Lee – Burke picked up an assist on the goal while newcomer Colton Kroeker earned his first point as a ‘Cane on the goal. The goal on the power play snapped a 0/13 span. Hurricanes were outshot 11-7 in the opening period.

Skinner was great in the second period making countless big saves as he stopped all eight Edmonton shots in the period. Hurricanes directed six on Lee and found the back of the net as Kord Pankewicz blast home a power play goal at the 11:11 mark of the second to make it 2-0 – Arvin Atwal, who returned to the line-up after sitting out Saturday’s game with a nagging injury, and Cory Millette picked up the helpers on the goal.

In the third, Edmonton came out strong looking to cut the lead in half but could not solve Skinner who was dialed in. The Oil Kings directed 15 shots on Skinner in the final twenty minutes and the 17-year-old turned them all aside. Hurricanes iced it with 3:15 left in the game as Egor Babenko scored an empty net goal to make it 3-0 – Tyler Wong and Skinner picked up the assists on the empty-net goal.

The Hurricanes were outshot 34-21 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 2/6 on the power play while Edmonton went 0/5 with the extra man.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (34 saves, 1 assist, 4th career shutout)
2) ‘Canes – #20 Kord Pankewicz – (1 goal)
3) Oil Kings – #13 Brandon Baddock

The ‘Canes have now won ten straight games and are 16-1-0-0 in their last 17 games. The ‘Canes have not lost in 2016 and sit with an overall record of 36-12-0-0 on the season.

The Hurricanes open a three game BC Division road trip on Friday when they visit the Victoria Royals at 8:00pm mountain time.

(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Oil Kings

GameDayPreviewGame48-EdmontonThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oil Kings
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 6:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2015/16: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: December 18th/2015 (3-1 Hurricanes in Edmonton)

‘Canes Record: 35-12-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 21-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 14-9-0-0

Oil Kings Record: 19-22-6-1
Oil Kings Home Record: 
Oil Kings Road Record: 7-12-2-2-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (18G, 55A, 73P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (18G, 32A, 50P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up their five game home stand tonight when they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings at 6:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes will look for their 10th straight victory after winning their ninth straight with a 4-3 overtime win last night over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Tyler Wong scored the overtime winner while Brayden Burke led all scorers with a goal and three assists.

The Hurricanes enter tonight’s game with an overall record of 35-12-0-0 on the season and sit first place in the entire Western Hockey League. The ‘Canes are also 21-3-0-0 on home ice and have won eight straight at home.

The Oil Kings are coming off a 1-0 shutout victory over the Everett Silvertips at Rexall Place on Friday night. Edmonton was one of two teams in the WHL on Saturday to have the night off. The Oil Kings have won two straight after losing five in a row.

Tonight will be the third of six meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Oil Kings, Lethbridge won the first two in Edmonton. The ‘Canes haven’t defeated Edmonton in Lethbridge since December 5th, 2012.

Tickets are still available, but are going fast. Secure your seats by calling (403) 329-SEAT or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.


What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Potential First Round Match-Up: Heading into the weekend, the Hurricanes sit first in the WHL and Eastern Conference while the Oil Kings held down the final Wild Card playoff spot in the Conference. That means, tonight’s game could be a potential first round match up for the ‘Canes.

Final Home Game: Tonight the ‘Canes will wrap up a season-long five game home stand when they take on the Oil Kings. The ‘Canes have been fantastic on the home stand so far. The Hurricanes are the best home team in the WHL, in fact the next best team is Kelowna who has 18 home ice wins.

Edmonton Point of View

Transition Year: It’s been a transition year for the Edmonton Oil Kings. Two years removed from their Memorial Cup Championship, the Oil Kings are under five-hundred coming into tonight’s game. The OK’s are battling with the Medicine Hat Tigers and Regina Pats for those two Wild Card playoff spots.

Pollock Shining: Brett Pollock, who is one of just six players remaining from the 2014 Memorial Cup team, is having his best year yet. The 19-year-old, who recently signed his first NHL contract with the Dallas Stars, had 49 points (18g-31a) in 47 games going into the weekend. Last year Pollock had 62 points (32g-30a) in 70 games.

Hurricanes Win 9th Straight on Bryce Salvador Night

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     warriors

Lethbridge Hurricanes (35-12-0-0)     vs.     Moose Jaw Warriors (24-18-5-1)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes gunned for their ninth straight victory as they welcomed the Moose Jaw Warriors on Bryce Salvador Night and the ‘Canes delivered earning a 4-3 overtime win in front of 4,628 fans.

Brayden Burke followed up his hat-trick performance on Wednesday with a four point night while Giorgio Estephan and Egor Babenko each had multi-point efforts. Jayden Sittler made 32 saves for his 17th victory of the season.

The ‘Canes got the ball rolling early in the game as Babenko finished off a three-way passing play for his 24th of the season just 1:06 into the game – Estephan and Burke picked up the helpers to make it 1-0. Estephan potted his 26th of the season at the 14:01 mark on a beautiful shot high passed Warriors start Brody Willms to make it 2-0 ‘Canes at the first intermission. Hurricanes outshot the Warriors 13-10 in the first period.

It was a very even and back-and-forth second period with both teams having strong offensive zone time. Moose Jaw got on the board as Jesse Shynkaruk scored a beautiful goal as he made a nice move passed the defenseman before slipping it through the legs of Sittler to cut the lead in half. Hurricanes directed 13 shots on Willms in the second, but he stopped them all while the Warriors had just six shots on goal.

The Warriors came out flying in the third period and would manufactured a game-tying goal at the 8:21 mark as Dryden Hunt banged home a rebound to make it 2-2. The ‘Canes re-took the lead in controversial fashion as Brayden Burke scored his 18th of the season at the 12:13 mark – Estephan and Babenko picked up the assists. Just 2:04 later, the Warriors tied the game again as Jayden Halbgewachs jammed a puck passed Sittler to make it 3-3. Carter Folk, who returned from injury, drew a penalty late in the period as the ‘Canes went to the power play however they failed to score before the end of regulation.

The ‘Canes didn’t score on the power play in overtime, but quickly after the penalty expired, Tyler Wong lit the lamp just 1:03 into overtime for his 27th of the season to secure the 4-3 win – Burke and Andrew Nielsen picked up the assists on the overtime winner as the Hurricanes improved to 6-0 in extra time this season.

The ‘Canes outshot the Warriors 42-35 on the night. Both teams were 0/2 on the power play in the game.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) Warriors = #35 Brody Willms – (38 saves, 1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – (1 goal, 3 assists)

The win for the Hurricanes is their ninth straight victory, the first time since November 2007 that they’ve completed that feat. ‘Canes are now 21-3-0-0 on home ice and 35-12-0-0 on the season.

Hurricanes are back in action on Sunday night when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings at 6:00pm. Tickets are going fast, so get your tickets by calling (403) 329-SEAT or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.