GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Winterhawks

GameDayPreview

Game59-PortlandThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Winterhawks in 2014/15: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: February 21st/2015 (5-2 Winterhawks in Portland)

‘Canes Record: 40-17-1-0
‘Canes Home Record: 25-4-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 15-13-1-0

Winterhawks Record: 29-25-3-0
Winterhawks Home Record: 
18-12-1-0
Winterhawks Road Record: 11-13-2-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (20G, 68A, 88P)
Winterhawks Leading Scorer: Dominic Turgeon (28G, 28A, 56P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to begin a new home winning streak tonight when they welcome the Portland Winterhawks at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes had their 13-game home winning streak snapped on Wednesday by the Calgary Hitmen who earned a 6-2 victory. Tyler Wong and Ryley Lindgren scored the goals in the loss for the Hurricanes. Jayden Sittler allowed four goals on ten shots; Stuart Skinner, who entered in relief, stopped 23 of 24 shots he faced in the game.

The loss for the ‘Canes was just their fourth all season at the ENMAX Centre dropping their home ice record to 25-4-0-0 and their overall record to 40-17-1-0 on the season. Despite the loss, the Hurricanes clinched a playoff berth on Wednesday.

The Winterhawks are coming off a 2-1 overtime win on Monday over the Victoria Royals in Portland. Caleb Jones scored his second overtime winner of the season to lift the ‘Hawks to the win. Dominic Turgeon scored the goal in regulation while Adin Hill made is 24th straight start making 29 saves.

The ‘Hawks enter tonight’s game sitting in a Wild Card position in the Western Conference with an overall record of 29-25-3-0 on the year.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

CLINCHED!: Yes, the Lethbridge Hurricanes have clinched their first playoff berth in six years. While they didn’t do it the way they would’ve preferred by beating Calgary on Wednesday, a Swift Current loss to the Saskatoon Blades sealed the ‘Canes fate — There WILL be playoff hockey in Lethbridge this spring!

 

Wongderful: After scoring just one goal in a 12 game span, the Captain Tyler Wong has found his scoring touch again. The fourth year ‘Cane has lit the lamp six times in his last five games including his second hat-trick of the season last Friday. Wong is up to 33 goals on the year. Should he reach 35, he’ll be the first ‘Cane since Mitch Fadden and Kris Hogg notched 36 and 39 respectively back in 2006-2007.

Portland Point of View

Winterhawks Rebuild: While they’re still in a playoff spot, the Portland Winterhawks haven’t been as dominant as they’ve been in years passed. Coming into action tonight the Winterhawks sit in the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with a 29-25-3-0 record on the season.

Balanced Attack: The Winterhawks have a pretty solid offensive attack. The ‘Hawks have five played north of 40 points on the season – by comparison, the Hurricanes have seven. Leading the ‘Hawks attack is Pierre Turgeon’s son Dominic who has 56 points (28g-28a) in 57 games this season.

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