GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Ice

GameDayPreviewGame53-KootenayThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice
Where: Western Financial Place
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. ICE in 2015/16: 5-0-0-0
Last Meeting: January 9th/2016 (7-1 Win Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 37-15-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 23-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 14-12-0-0

ICE Record: 8-40-4-0
ICE Home Record: 
ICE Road Record: 2-23-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (19G, 57A, 76P)
ICE Leading Scorer: Zak Zborosky (21G, 20A, 41P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes travel to Cranbrook tonight to face the Kootenay Ice at 7:00pm at Western Financial Place.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-1 win last night at the ENMAX Centre on Country Night over the Moose Jaw Warriors. The win snapped a three-game losing streak; it was just the third time all year the ‘Canes had lost three consecutive games.

Cory Millette and Ryan Vandervlis each scored a pair while Brayden Burke potted the other. Stuart Skinner was terrific again stopping 19 of 20 Warrior shots in the game to earn his 20th victory of the season.

The win improved the ‘Canes home ice record to 23-3-0-0 and 37-15-0-0 overall.

The Ice meanwhile are in the midst of their worst season to date. The Ice are coming off a 5-2 loss last night at home against the Red Deer Rebels. The Ice enter play tonight on a ten game losing streak going 0-9-1-0 in that span. They have just two victories in their last 28 games.

Kootenay enters play tonight with an 8-40-4-0 record and are 54 points behind the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference standings.

Tune in to Lethbridge Kia Hurricanes Hockey on ROCK 106 starting at 6:45pm.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Walking Wounded: It seems since Christmas, the Hurricanes have been hit with the injury bug. Most recently it was Giorgio Estephan that suffered an injury in Kelowna on Tuesday night. The second leading scorer on the ‘Canes will be out for the next 3-6 weeks. Since Christmas, the ‘Canes have lost 28 man games due to injury.

Sensational Stuey: A week after Giorgio Estephan was named the WHL and CHL Player of the Week, Hurricanes netminder Stuart Skinner was named the WHL’s Vaughn Goaltender of the Month for January. The 17-year-old posted a 5-1-0-0 record in January with a 1.50 goals against average and a .955 save percentage with two shutouts.

Kootenay Point of View

Bright Spot: One of the few bright spots for the Kootenay Ice is the play of forward Zak Zborosky. The 19-year-old is having a great season despite the team’s lack of success. The forward has 41 points in 39 games this season.

Playoff Streak Done: Well the Kootenay Ice for the first time since moving to Cranbrook from Edmonton won’t be playoff bound this season. It’s been a difficult ride this year for the Ice who enter with the league’s worst record at 8-40-4-0.


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