GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Chiefs

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

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‘Canes vs. Chiefs in 2014/15: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: November 29th/2014 (2-1 Chiefs in Spokane)

‘Canes Record: 33-12-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 19-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 14-9-0-0

Chiefs Record: 20-18-3-2
Chiefs Home Record: 
13-9-1-1
Chiefs Road Record: 7-9-2-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (14G, 52A, 66P)
Chiefs Leading Scorer: Kailer Yamamoto (17G, 40A, 57P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes welcome the Spokane Chiefs tonight at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre in their only meeting of the season.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday night over the Prince Albert Raiders. Cory Millette scored twice while Giorgio Estephan scored a beautiful game winner just 57 seconds into the overtime period. Jayden Sittler made 20 saves for his 16th victory of the season.

The Hurricanes enter play tonight sitting in first place in the Western Hockey League with a 33-12-0-0 record, just one point better than the Kelowna Rockets. The ‘Canes have a six point separation between them and the Red Deer Rebels for first in the Eastern Conference.

The Chiefs have had five days off since their last outing which was a 3-2 loss to the hands of the Portland Winterhawks last Friday. In their last ten games, the Chiefs have posted a 4-5-0-1 record and enter tonight just three points up on the Tri-City Americans for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

It’s the first visit to Lethbridge for the Chiefs since November 8th, 2013 when Spokane earned a 6-2 victory. Tickets are available by calling (403) 329-SEAT or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

7th Heaven: After wins last week against the Swift Current Broncos, Kamloops Blazers and Prince Albert Raiders, the Hurricanes have now strung together seven straight wins – their second seven game winning streak of the season. The ‘Canes are an impressive 13-1-0-0 in their last 14 games.

2nd in CHL: After the weekend, the Hurricanes were second only to the Erie Otters for wins in the entire Canadian Hockey League. ‘Canes with 33, Otters with 36. The Hurricanes were tied with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the Val-d’Or Foreurs with 33 victories.

Spokane Point of View

First Visit in a While: Tonight will be the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Spokane Chiefs. The last time Spokane was in Lethbridge they picked up a 6-2 win on November 8th, 2013. It’s a rematch of the 1991 and 2008 WHL Finals tonight.

Dangerous Yamamoto: Watch out for #17 tonight on the Chiefs. That’s Kailer Yamamoto. He’s the younger of the two Yamamoto brothers on the Chiefs. Kailer has had a terrific season as the Spokane product leads the Chiefs in scoring with 57 points (17g-40a) in 43 games. He’s matched his season total of points from last year when he racked up 57 in 68 games as a 16-year-old rookie.

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