GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Wheat Kings

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

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‘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.

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