GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Americans

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Game55-Tri-CityThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Tri-City Americans
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 6:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Americans in 2014/15: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: November 28th/2014 (4-1 Americans in Tri-City)

‘Canes Record: 38-16-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 24-3-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 14-13-0-0

Americans Record: 8-40-4-0
Americans Home Record: 
6-17-3-0
Americans Road Record: 2-23-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (20G, 60A, 80P)
Americans Leading Scorer: Parker Bowles (30G, 41A, 71P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a three-in-three weekend tonight when they welcome the Tri-City Americans at the ENMAX Centre starting at 6:00pm.

The Hurricanes are coming off a convincing 7-4 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday night at home. It was just the second win in the ‘Canes last six games after reeling off ten straight victories. Brayden Burke had his fifth four point night of the season while Tyler Wong had three point night. Andrew Nielsen scored twice while three others had two point efforts.

The win was the ‘Canes 38th of the season as they improved to 38-16-0-0 on the year. They are an amazing 24-3-0-0 on home ice at the ENMAX Centre.

The Americans are coming off a 2-0 shutout win over the Kootenay Ice on Wednesday night in the first of a four game Central Division road trip. Evan Sarthou made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season. Vladislav Lukin and Parker Bowles scored third period goals in the victory.

Tri-City is 7-2-0-1 in their last ten games and have been surging up the standings as they look to secure a playoff berth for the 13th straight season. The Americans are 25-25-2-1 on the season and are just three points back of a playoff spot.

Tonight is the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and the Americans, ‘Canes have not defeated Tri-City since January 19th, 2008.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Burkie Breakout: Heading into Wednesday’s game the ‘Canes leading scorer Brayden Burke had one goal in his previous four games. Wednesday, Burke had another four point night (1g-3a) – his fifth four point game of the season. Burke now had 80 points (20g-60a) and is the first Hurricanes to reach the 80-point plateau since Colton Sceviour had 80 back in 2008-2009.

Been a While: Tonight will be the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and the Tri-City Americans. The ‘Canes haven’t had much success against the Amerks in recent years. Their last win against Tri-City was January 19th, 2008 at the ENMAX Centre Mitch Fadden scored the game winner in a 2-0 win that night.

Tri-City Point of View

Tri, Tri, Tri Again: Tri-City has put together a pretty good run as of late to get back into the playoff conversation. The Americans are 7-2-0-1 in their last ten games and now sit just three points back of the Portland Winterhawks and Kamloops Blazers who are tied with 56 points. The Americans have made the playoffs 12 straight season and haven’t missed post-season play since 2002-2003.

Dynamic Duo: The Americans are led offensively by a pair of players: Parker Bowles and Jordan Topping. Bowles leads the Amerks in scoring with 71 points (30g-41a) in 53 games this season in his overage season. While 18-year-old Topping is second with 51 points (22g-29a) in 53 games. Parker Wotherspoon is having a nice season from the blue line with 46 points (10g-36a) also.

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