GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Royals

GameDayPreviewGame49-VictoriaThe Match Up

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

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‘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: 
16-6-1-3
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.

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