‘Canes vs. Raiders in 2015/16: 2-1-0-0
Last Meeting: January 16th/2016 (3-2 OT Hurricanes in Lethbridge)
‘Canes Record: 43-20-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 26-6-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 17-14-1-0
Raiders Record: 35-21-7-1
Raiders Home Record: 20-10-3-0
Raiders Road Record: 15-11-4-1
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (24G, 77A, 101P)
Raiders Leading Scorer: Reid Gardiner (38G, 47A, 85P)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up the Saskatchewan portion of their four game road trip tonight when they travel to ‘Hockey Town North’ to face the Prince Albert Raiders.
The Hurricanes are coming off a lopsided victory last night as they picked up a 10-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades. Egor Babenko led all scorers with five points, including his first WHL hat-trick while Giorgio Estephan netted two in his return from injury.
The win for the Hurricanes improved their record to 43-20-1-1 on the season and remain in a first place tie with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Eastern Conference lead.
The Raiders meanwhile are also coming off a win tilted in their favour last night. PA rolled by the Kootenay Ice by a 7-1 score. Jordan Tkatch led the Raiders offense scoring three times while adding an assist as well. Reid Gardiner and Simon Stransky each had three point nights in the win.
Prince Albert enters play tonight second in the East Division with a record of 35-21-7-1 on the season and are 20-10-3-0 on home ice at the Art Hauser Centre.
Tonight will be the final of four meetings this season, the Hurricanes lead the season series 2-1-0-0 after winning the last two games.
Lethbridge Point of View
Century Mark: Well it happened. Brayden Burke reached the triple digit club as on Friday had picked up two assists to help him reach the 100-point plateau. He is the first Hurricanes to reach the century mark since Jeremy Jackson had 102 back in 2002-2003.
Triumphant Return: It only took 41 seconds for Giorgio Estephan to make an impact in his return from injury. The ‘Canes top line centre scored a goal on his first shift and added one four minutes later. Estephan, who missed 13 games and over a month of play, didn’t appear to lose a step or miss a beat.
Prince Albert Point of View
Riding High: The Raiders are coming off a lopsided win on Friday night as they had their way with the Kootenay Ice 7-1 at the Art Hauser Centre. Jordan Tkatch scored three goals and added an assist while Simon Stransky and Reid Gardiner each had a goal and two helpers.
No Secondary Scoring: The Raiders don’t have much of a second tier attack, at least not with Austin Glover out with injury. Glover hasn’t play a game since late December and all the scoring is left to Tkatch, Gardiner and Stransky. If you shut those guys down, your percentages of a win goes up in a big way.