Hurricanes Snap Skid; Beat Oil Kings 8-4

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     oil kings

Lethbridge Hurricanes (41-20-1-1)     vs.     Edmonton Oil Kings (27-29-6-1)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a three game home stand Saturday night as they welcomed the Edmonton Oil Kings and the ‘Canes snapped a five game losing streak with a convincing 8-4 victory.

Local product, Drayton Thunder Chief, made his WHL debut for the Hurricanes and picked up an assist in the game. Tyler Wong and Ryley Lindgren led the way offensively for the ‘Canes as they each had three points while Jordy Bellerive scored a pair of goals. In total, seven Hurricanes had multiple point nights.

Edmonton jumped out to a lead as Dysin Mayo buried one passed Stuart Skinner just 4:17 into the game off a funny bounce that came right to him giving the Oil Kings an early 1-0 lead; it was the fifth straight game the Hurricanes have surrendered the opening goal. Just under four minutes later, the Hurricanes equalized as Cory Millette finished off a beautiful rush for his 27th goal of the season at the 8:13 mark. Just 37 seconds later, Wong tapped home his team-leading 37th of the season to give the ‘Canes a 2-1 lead. The Hurricanes made it 3-1 as Lindgren potted his 25th before Bellerive banged home his sixth of the season as the ‘Canes held the lead 4-1 after twenty minutes of play.  Hurricanes were outshot 11-10 in the opening period.

Midway through the second period, Bellerive was penalized for four minutes with a high-sticking double-minor and the Oil Kings struck as Brandon Baddock slipped home his 21st of the season cutting the lead to 4-2. Hurricanes scored a pair of power play goals of their own as Brayden Burke had one bounce home for his 23rd of the season before Andrew Nielsen buried his 16th of the season as the Hurricanes led 6-2 after forty minutes of play. Shots were tied 12-12 in the middle frame.

The ‘Canes clamped it down pretty well in the third period before the teams traded a four goals with under seven minutes left. Bellerive scored his second of the night, and seventh of the season, on the power play at the 13:01 mark – Thunder Chief picked up the assist on the goal. Colton Kehler picked up another power play goal for Edmonton before Brady Reagan and Brett Pollock exchange goals in the final five minutes as the ‘Canes went on to the 8-4 win.

The Hurricanes were outshot 12-7 in the final twenty minutes and 35-29 overall. ‘Canes went 2/8 on the power play while the Oil Kings struck twice on four opportunities.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #16 Ryley Lindgren – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #24 Drayton Thunder Chief – (1 assists, WHL debut)

The win for the Hurricanes snapped a five game losing streak and a four game home losing streak. The ‘Canes finished the month of February with a 5-6-1-1 record. The win improves the ‘Canes record to 41-20-1-1 on the season and move into a tie with the Brandon Wheat Kings for first overall in the in the Eastern Conference – Hurricanes get the tiebreaker with more victories.

The ‘Canes now embark on a four game road trip the begins on Wednesday, March 2nd in Moose Jaw against the Warriors.

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GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Oil Kings

GameDayPreview

Game63-EdmontonThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2015/16: 3-0-1-0
Last Meeting: February 13th/2016 (4-3 OT Oil Kings in Edmonton)

‘Canes Record: 40-20-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 25-6-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 15-14-1-0

Oil Kings Record: 27-28-6-1
Oil Kings Home Record: 
16-11-4-0
Oil Kings Road Record: 11-17-2-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (22G, 74A, 96P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Brett Pollock (24G, 41A, 65P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play the final of a three game home stand tonight when they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes are reeling of late having dropped five straight games; the latest a 5-2 loss Friday night to the hands of the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Hurricanes finally saw production from Egor Babenko who had a goal and one assist in the loss. The ‘Canes held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period but surrendered four unanswered goals en route to the loss.

The Hurricanes have now dropped four consecutive games at home and are now 40-20-1-1 on the season. The Hurricanes sit just one point back of the Wheat Kings for first overall in the Eastern Conference.

The Oil Kings are coming off a 6-2 win last night in Cranbrook over the Kootenay Ice. Davis Koch and Lane Bauer each had three point games for Edmonton in their victory as both picked up a goal and two assists. It was an offensive outburst for the Oil Kings who have scored the fewest goals among the Eastern Conference playoff teams.

The Oil Kings have won two straight games and are 5-5-0-0 in their last ten games. Tonight will be the fifth of six meetings between the ‘Canes and OK’s – Lethbridge won the first three but Edmonton picked up a 4-3 overtime win in their last meeting two weeks ago.

The first 750 fans into the ENMAX Centre will receive limited edition 2015-2016 Lethbridge Hurricane hockey cards.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

 

Tough Schedule: It seems like since January 1st, the ‘Canes have been playing every other day. Tonight is the third game in four days for the Hurricanes. They’ll look to end a three game home stand on a positive note tonight against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Tonight will be the final game in the month of February; tonight included, the ‘Canes have played 13 games in the last 26 days.

Close to 100: Brayden Burke is having a tremendous season. The sophomore ‘Cane is inching closer to reaching the 100 point plateau. Heading into tonight, Burke has 96 points on the year. If he reaches the century mark, he’ll be the first Hurricane to do so since Jeremy Jackson registered 102 points in 2002-2003.

Edmonton Point of View

Two in a Row: The Oil Kings have won two straight games and are 5-5-0-0 in their last ten games after picking up a 6-2 win last night in Cranbrook over the Kootenay Ice. Lane Bauer and Davis Koch each had three points for the Oil Kings in their win last night.

Kings a Tough Test: The Oil Kings this year, while under five-hundred on the season, are a tough team to play. They are a scrappy bunch that works extremely hard and doesn’t allow much time and space for the opposition’s offence. The trouble for Edmonton, they just can’t score a lot.

Hurricanes Fall 5-2 to Wheaties

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     wheat kings

Lethbridge Hurricanes (40-20-1-1)     vs.     Brandon Wheat Kings (39-18-3-2)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes welcomed the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night in hopes of snapping a four game losing streak but it was not to be as the ‘Canes let a third period lead slip away eventually falling 5-2 to the Wheaties.

The ‘Canes held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period, but four unanswered goals in the final twenty minutes by the Wheat Kings lifted them to the victory. Egor Babenko broke out of a big slump scoring a goal and adding an assist in the losing cause. Hurricanes overage forward Cory Millette skated in his 300th WHL game, earning an assist on the night.

The Hurricanes were excellent in the opening forty minutes of the hockey game despite surrendering the first goal 8:32 into the first period as Kale Clague blasted home his sixth of the season giving Brandon a 1-0 lead. Just over four minutes later Brayden Burke tied the game with his 22nd of the season as the puck pinballed off a Brandon defender and passed Jordan Papirny to make it 1-1 – Babenko and Tyler Wong picked up the assists on the goal. Before the period was out, the ‘Canes took their first lead of the game as Babenko buried one by Papirny with 1:36 left in the period as the ‘Canes led 2-1 after twenty minutes of play. Shots were tied 8-8 in the first period.

Neither team found the net in the second period despite some terrific opportunities. The Hurricanes had three chances on the power play, including a four minute double-minor, but couldn’t generate any offence or momentum on the man advantage. The Hurricanes did outshoot the Wheat Kings 10-8 in the middle frame and continued to lead 2-1 after forty minutes.

After the Wheat Kings killed off the rest of a Tim McGauley penalty from late in the second period, the overage forward jumped out of the box and moved in before placing a bullet passed Jayden Sittler inside the post to tie the game 2-2 just 45 seconds into the period. Just 1:28 later, a two-on-one was capped off with Nolan Patrick scoring for the 12th straight game to give Brandon a 3-2 lead. John Quenneville made it 4-2 as he beat Sittler from well out with a low shot along the ice just over three minutes later as the game spiralled out of control for the ‘Canes. Sittler was replaced by Stuart Skinner who stopped all five shots he faced in relief. The ‘Canes pulled the goaltender for the extra attacker but could not find any sustained pressure as the Wheat Kings added an empty net goal with 16 seconds left making it a 5-2 final.

The Hurricanes were outshot 10-6 in the final twenty minutes and 26-24 on the night. Hurricanes were 0/7 on the power play while Brandon was 0/3 on the man advantage.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Wheat Kings – #10 Kale Clague – (1 goal)
2) ‘Canes – #22 Egor Babenko – (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Wheat Kings – #17 John Quenneville – (1 goal)

The loss for the Hurricanes was their fifth straight and the have now dropped four straight home games. The Hurricanes fall to 40-20-1-1 on the season and surrender first place overall in the Eastern Conference standings to Brandon who leapfrogs them in points.

The Hurricanes are right back it on Saturday night when they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7:00pm. The first 750 fans through the doors at the ENMAX Centre will receive limited edition 2015-2016 Lethbridge Hurricane hockey cards.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings

GameDayPreview

Game62-BrandonThe Match Up

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

Print

‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings in 2015/16: 1-2-0-0
Last Meeting: December 11th/2015 (5-3 Hurricanes in Brandon)

‘Canes Record: 40-19-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 25-5-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 15-14-1-0

Wheat Kings Record: 38-18-3-2
Wheat Kings Home Record: 
19-8-1-2
Wheat Kings Road Record: 19-10-2-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (21G, 74A, 95P)
Wheat Kings Leading Scorer: Nolan Patrick (36G, 45A, 81P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes play the second of a three game home stand tonight when they welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre in a first place showdown in the Eastern Conference.

The Hurricanes are coming off an emotion and wild 9-8 shootout loss on Wednesday to the hands of the Regina Pats. The line of Tyler Wong, Colton Kroeker and Brayden Burke combined for 16 points in that game with the Captain leading the way with a career-high six points.

The loss however was the ‘Canes fourth consecutive defeat and dropped their record to 40-19-1-1 on the season. The ‘Canes are 1-3-1-1 in their last six games.

The Wheat Kings enter play tonight with a record of 38-18-3-2 on the season. Brandon is coming off a 4-2 win on Wednesday night in Kootenay over the lowly Ice. Nolan Patrick and Jayce Hawryluk have both been outstanding as of late; Patrick has goals in 11 straight games while Hawryluk has earned 32 points in 11 games in February.

The Hurricanes have 82 points, the Wheat Kings have 81 – the winner, barring extra time, will sit first place in the Eastern Conference at night’s end.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

New Top Line?: The trio of Tyler Wong, Brayden Burke and Colton Kroeker were excellent offensively on Wednesday night combing for 16 points. Wong led the way with a six point effort (2g-4a), Kroeker had a five point (3g-2a) game against his former team while Burke chipped in five points himself earning a goal and four assists.

Wong has 36: With two goals on Wednesday, Tyler Wong now has 36 goals on the season. He’s the first ‘Cane since 2006-2007 to reach the 36 goal mark – Mitch Fadden and Kris Hogg each reached that point in that year scoring 36 and 39 goals respectively. If the Captain gets to 40, he’ll be the first Hurricane to get there since Jonathan Filewich scored 42 in 2004-2005.

Brandon Point of View

Showdown for First: Tonight’s game against the Brandon Wheat Kings is as big as they come for a late February game. The ‘Canes enter with a record of 40-19-1-1 on the season, good for 82 points while the Wheaties come in with a record of 38-18-3-2 one point back of the ‘Canes for first overall in the Eastern Conference.

Goal-an Patrick: Nolan Patrick…. Wow! The sophomore is riding a heck of a streak. Coming into play tonight, Patrick has goals and points in 11 straight games. He has 17 goals and 25 points in that span and has scored a point in every game in February. In those 11 games, he’s registered 10 multi-point games.

Hurricanes Outduelled by Pats 9-8

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     pats

Lethbridge Hurricanes (40-19-1-1)     vs.     Regina Pats (30-23-3-4)

It was a good ol’ fashion shootout in every facet of the expression on Wednesday night as the Lethbridge Hurricanes were outduelled 9-8 in a shootout by the Regina Pats at the ENMAX Centre.

The line of Tyler Wong, Brayden Burke and Colton Kroeker combined for 16 points in the loss. Wong had six points (2g-4a), Kroeker potted five points (3g-2a) and Burke chipped in with five points (1g-4a). Despite the career night for a handful of players, the Hurricanes defensive problem caught up to them.

The onslaught of goals started early as Lane Zablocki opened the scoring just 29 seconds into the game to make it 1-0 Regina. Sam Steel and Cole Sanford scored twenty seconds apart at the 7:09 and 7:29 mark to put the Pats up 3-0. The ‘Canes cut into the lead as the Captain Tyler Wong netted his 35th of the season at the 8:41 mark to make it 3-1. Sanford added his second of the period before Rykr Cole potted one on the power play making it 5-1 Regina. The ‘Canes though scored twice in the final minute as Ryley Lindgren banked home his 24th on the power play before Brady Reagan scored his fourth of the season with just seven seconds left in the period as the Pats led 5-3 after one period. Shots favoured the ‘Canes 13-10 in the opening twenty minutes.

After an eight goal first period, the second didn’t see as much fireworks as the first did as the teams combined for three goals. The Hurricanes cut the lead to one as Kroeker scored his first of three on the night to make it 5-4. A breakaway goal by Austin Wagner restored a two-goal Regina lead but under two minutes after that Wong snapped home his team-leading 36th goal of the season to make it 6-5 Pats after an electrifying forty minutes. ‘Canes once again held the edge in shots 15-12 in the second period.

The craziness continued in the third period. Brayden Burke tied the game with a shorthanded goal at the 8:05 mark on a rebound after Wong was stopped on a breakaway but the tie game was short-lived as Zablocki scored his second of the night putting Regina back up 7-6. Once again the Hurricanes managed to tie the game, then take the lead, as Kroeker scored twice 3:08 apart completing the hat-trick to give the ‘Canes their first lead 8-7. Just when you thought they were home free, Regina tied the game with 2:58 left in the game as Zablocki completed his hat-trick to send things to overtime tied 8-8.

Neither team scored in overtime despite glorious opportunities on both sides. Regina has multiple flurries including a Connor Hobbs goal post for the Pats and an Arvin Atwal breakaway post as well. The game went to a shootout and an Austin Wagner goal in the seventh round gave the Pats the advantage, Tyler Brown came up with a big save on Andrew Nielsen as the ‘Canes fell 9-8 in the shootout.

The Hurricanes held the edge in shots on the night outshooting Regina 55-47 on the night. The ‘Canes went 2/4 on the power play while the Pats went 1/4.

Three stars in the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #17 Colton Kroeker – (3 goals, 2 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (2 goals, 4 assists)
3) Pats – #39 Lane Zablocki – (3 goals)

The loss drops the ‘Canes overall record to 40-19-1-1 on the year and 25-5-0-1 on home ice. The ‘Canes have now been on the wrong end of their last four games and last three on home ice.

The Hurricanes do pick up a single point in the game, enough to keep them in first place in the Eastern Conference, just one point up on the Brandon Wheat Kings. The ‘Canes host the Wheat Kings on Friday night in a first place showdown in the Eastern Conference at 7:00pm.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Pats

GameDayPreview

Game61-ReginaThe Match Up

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

Print

‘Canes vs. Patin 2015/16: 1-2-0-0
Last Meeting: December 12th/2015 (6-5 Pats in Regina)

‘Canes Record: 40-19-1-0
‘Canes Home Record: 25-5-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 15-14-1-0

Pats Record: 29-23-3-4
Pats Home Record: 
16-10-2-0
Pats Road Record: 13-13-1-4

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (20G, 68A, 88P)
Pats Leading Scorer: Adam Brooks (33G, 65A, 98P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a three game home stand tonight when they welcome the Regina Pats at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes will look to put an end to a three game losing streak. The ‘Canes are coming off a 3-2 loss on Saturday in Calgary to the Hitmen. It was the third meeting in a week for the Hurricanes against the Hitmen. Ryan Vandervlis and Cory Millette scored the goals in the losing cause.

Hurricanes enter action tonight top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 40-19-1-0 record on the season. The ‘Canes are 25-5-0-0 on home ice this season, but have lost back-to-back games at the ENMAX Centre.

The Pats enter tonight having won six straight games, the longest active winning streak in the WHL, after picking up a 5-4 shootout win last night over the Medicine Hat Tigers. Regina is one of the hottest team in the WHL having won nine of their last 11 games.

Regina enters tonight’s game with a record of 29-23-3-4 on the season and currently hold down the first Wild Card position in the WHL’s Eastern Conference.

Tonight will be the final of four meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Pats; Regina leads the season series 2-1-0-0, but the home team has won all three games.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Little Skid: Heading into play tonight, the Hurricanes have lost three straight games. It’s the fourth time this season the ‘Canes have dropped three consecutive games. The ‘Canes have yet this season to lose four in a row and they will hope that trend continues tonight.

Quietly Rolling: Cory Millette, who has scored in back-to-back games, has been on a nice offensive roll lately. The overage forward is having a career season as going into play tonight the Storthoaks, Saskatchewan product has 52 points (26g-26a) in 60 games. Millette has points in seven of his last nine games and has collected 10 points in that span (4g-6a).

Regina Point of View

Brooks Rolling: Adam Brooks, the Pats leading scorer, enters tonight with 98 points on the season (33g-65a). Brooks, who sits second in league scoring just one point back of the Warriors’ Dryden Hunt, has points in 11 straight games collecting a whopping 27 points (6g-21a) in that span.

Finding Their Stride: The Pats enter tonight’s game as one of the hottest teams in the WHL. Heading into tonight, Regina has won nine of their previous 11 games and six in a row. The Pats, who had 85 points last season, are definitely going to be a tough out in the first round of the post-season.

Hurricanes Fall 3-2 in Calgary

Lethbridge Hurricanes     vs.     hitmen

Lethbridge Hurricanes (40-19-1-0)     vs.     Calgary Hitmen (34-22-1-2)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes travelled to Calgary to face the Hitmen for the third time this week with designs of snapping a two game losing streak but they weren’t able to as they dropped a 3-2 final at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Jakob Stukel scored twice for the Hitmen in the victory. Cory Millette scored for the second straight night for the ‘Canes in the losing cause while Ryan Vandervlis netted his sixth of the season.

It was a sluggish opening period for the Hurricanes who were outshot 13-6 in the first period. The ‘Canes were given a kneeing penalty just eight seconds into the game, but the Hitmen were unable to capitalize on the man advantage. However, they would get a power play goal on their second opportunity later in the period as Stukel banged home a Travis Sanheim rebound at the 13:11 mark to make it 1-0 Calgary after one period.

The teams traded goals in the middle frame. Just one minute into the period, Stukel snapped home his second of the night and 29th goal of the season as he made Kord Pankewicz pay on a clearing attempt up the middle as Stukel made it 2-0 Hitmen. The Hurricanes cut the lead in half as Ryan Vandervlis banged home his sixth of the season on a goal mouth scramble to make it 2-1. The ‘Canes were outshot 13-10 in the middle frame, but played a much better second period.

The Hurricanes were caught puck watching early in the third period and the Hitmen built on their lead as Dawson Martin snapped home his first ever WHL goal to make it 3-1 Calgary. Once again the Hurricanes attempted a third period comeback and were able to get within one as Millette potted his 26th goal of the season at the 7:35 mark making it a 3-2 score. The Hurricanes pulled the goaltender in hopes of getting a game tying goal; their best chance came in the dying second as Tyler Wong was sprung on a partial breakaway but Nik Amundrud made a nice save as Calgary hung on for the victory.

The Hurricanes were outshot 12-11 in the third period and 38-27 overall. ‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play while the Hitmen went 1/4 with the extra man.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Hitmen – #16 Dawson Martin – (1 goal, game winner)
2) Hitmen – #10 Jakob Stukel – (2 goals)
3) Hitmen – #32 Travis Sanheim – (1 assist)

The Hurricanes have now lost three straight games and have only scored two goals in each of those three losses. The loss for the Hurricanes drops their record to 40-19-1-0 on the season, but they remain three points up on the Brandon Wheat Kings for top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Hurricanes are next in action on Wednesday when they face the Regina Pats at the ENMAX Centre in the first of a three-game home stand.