GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Ice

GameDayPreviewGame42-KootenayThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. ICE in 2015/16: 4-0-0-0
Last Meeting: November 28th/2015 (3-2 Hurricanes in Kootenay)

‘Canes Record: 29-12-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 16-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 13-9-0-0

ICE Record: 8-31-3-0
ICE Home Record: 
6-12-2-0
ICE Road Record: 2-19-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (11G, 48A, 59P)
ICE Leading Scorer: Zak Zborosky (16G, 16A, 32P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes return home tonight to host the Kootenay Ice at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over the Red Deer Rebels in Red Deer last night. Jayden Sittler made 36 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all three Red Deer shooters in the shootout to improve to 7-1-0-0 lifetime against his hometown team. Egor Babenko and Justin Gutierrez each scored their 20th goals of the season; Hurricanes now have four players with 20+ goals on the year.

The win for the Hurricanes improved their road record to 13-9-0-0 on the season and 29-12-0-0 overall for a total of 58 points. The ‘Canes enter action tonight in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference and just one point shy of the WHL-leading Kelowna Rockets for first overall.

The Ice meanwhile have found a little success in the midst of a difficult season. Kootenay, despite just having eight victories on the season, have won back-to-back games after earning a 5-3 win over the Regina Pats last night in Cranbrook.

The Ice enter tonight with an overall record of 8-31-3-0 on the season. The ‘Canes have won all four meetings against Kootenay, the last one in Lethbridge was a 9-0 win for the ‘Canes on November 26th.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Top 10, Again: The Hurricanes again have cracked the CHL’s BMO Top 10 rankings for the fourth straight week as they were listed at #7 for Week 15, a one spot improvement over their #8 ranking from Week 14. The ‘Canes were also listed in Weeks 8, 12, 13, 14, and 15 and were named an Honourable Mention in the Week 6 edition of the Top 10.

Yet Another Statement: The Hurricanes made yet another loud statement on Friday night handing the Red Deer Rebels a 4-3 shootout loss in Red Deer. It was the ‘Canes fourth win against the Rebels this season and sixth straight dating back to last year. The win improved the ‘Canes record to 29-12-0-0.

Kootenay Point of View

A Forgettable Night for the Opposition: Tonight will be the final time this season that the Ice will come to Lethbridge. The last time at the ENMAX Centre didn’t go very well for Kootenay. The ‘Canes dismantled the Ice 9-0 in that game on November 26th scoring nine goals on 48 shots. Stuart Skinner made 18 saves for his second career shutout while nine different players lit the lamp for the ‘Canes.

A Tough Go: The Kootenay Ice are having their worst season to date. The team that has made the playoffs for 17 straight seasons but it is likely safe to say that streak will come to an end as the Ice heading into the weekend were 21 points out of a playoff spot and only had seven victories.The Ice however, have two straight games after defeating the Regina Pats 5-3 last night.

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