‘Canes vs. Blades in 2015/16: 3–00-0
Last Meeting: February 10th/2016 (7-4 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)
‘Canes Record: 42-20-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 26-6-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 16-14-1-0
Blades Record: 24-35-4-0
Blades Home Record: 12-18-2-0
Blades Road Record: 12-17-2-0
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (24G, 75A, 99P)
Blades Leading Scorer: Connor Gay (20G, 43A, 63P)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue their four game road trip tonight when they visit the Saskatoon Blades in hopes of extending their winning streak to three games.
The Hurricanes started the trip with a 5-1 win on Wednesday over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Cory Millette led the way offensively netting his first WHL hat-trick in the game while Brayden Burke scored for the fourth straight game as he recorded his 99th point on the campaign.
The win for the Hurricanes improved their record to 42-20-1-1 on the season and remain tied for first in the WHL’s Eastern Conference with the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Blades are coming off a disastrous 12-2 loss on Wednesday night against the Wheat Kings in Brandon. Jayce Hawryluk torched Saskatoon scoring five goals in that game. Connor Gay and Nick Zajac scored the goals in the losing cause for the Blades.
Saskatoon enters play tonight with a record of 24-35-4-0 on the season and sit on the outside of the playoff picture. The Blades enter nine points back of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tonight will be the final of four meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Blades. The Hurricanes have won all three meetings this season and seven straight dating back to last year.
Lethbridge Point of View
Century Mark: Second year forward Brayden Burke was ranked #68 on the NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings. Burke is one point shy of the 100-point mark, if reached, he’ll be the first ‘Cane to reach the century mark since 2002-2003 when Jeremy Jackson had 102 points.
Finally: It only took 302 WHL games, but Cory Millette finally completed his first ever WHL hat-trick on Wednesday night when he netter three goals in a 5-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors. In the process, Millette also reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career.
Saskatoon Point of View
Forget About It: The Blades are coming off a 12-2 loss on Wednesday night in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. That’s a tough pill to swallow for any team, but when you consider that the Wheaties have scored a whopping 55 goals in their last seven home games – an average of 7.86 goals per game – the Blades should just forget about it and move on.
Career Year: Blades overage forward Connor Gay is having a career year. The Saskatoon product, who was acquired at the draft last May, has set a career high 63 points in 10 less games then his previous high set last year between the Rebels and Pats when he recorded 61 points in 71 games. Gay is three goals shy of matching his career high output of 23 from last season.