GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Ice


Game67-KootenayThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Kootenay Ice
Where: Western Financial Place
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: ROCK 106
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. ICE in 2015/16: 5-1-0-0
Last Meeting: February 6th/2016 (2-0 Ice in Kootenay)

‘Canes Record: 43-21-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 26-6-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 17-15-1-0

ICE Record: 10-50-6-0
ICE Home Record: 
ICE Road Record: 2-30-2-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (24G, 77A, 101P)
ICE eading Scorer: Zak Zborosky (27G, 32A, 59P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to begin another winning streak tonight in Cranbrook as they travel to face the WHL’s worst Kootenay Ice at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2 loss on Saturday night in Prince Albert to wrap up a three-game Saskatchewan road trip. The Hurricanes posted a 2-1-0-0 record in the three games with wins in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon. Ryley Lindgren and Cory Millette scored the goals in the losing cause in PA.

The loss for the Hurricanes snapped their three game winning streak and dropped the ‘Canes record to 43-21-1-1 on the season. It also saw the Hurricanes fall out of first place in the Eastern Conference – the ‘Canes enter action tonight four points back of the Brandon Wheat Kings for first in the conference with a game in hand.

Kootenay themselves are also coming off a four-game road trip having play three of those four in Saskatchewan last week. The Ice dropped all four games on the trip, the latest a 4-1 loss in Saskatoon on Saturday night.

Kootenay enters play winless in their last 11 games posting a 0-9-2-0 record in that span. The Ice are 10-50-6-0 on the season. Their last victory was 3-2 win against the Spokane Chiefs on February 12th.

Tonight is the final of seven meetings on the season, the Hurricanes are 5-1-0-0 in the previous six games but the Ice won the last match up on February 6th earning a 2-0 win in Cranbrook.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

New Streak: The Hurricanes will look to start a new winning streak tonight when they visit the Ice. The ‘Canes had their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night. The Kootenay Ice may be the right prescription for the ‘Canes to start a new streak heading into a crucial three-in-three weekend.

The Better Team: Despite dropping a 3-2 decision on Saturday night in Prince Albert to the Raiders, the Hurricanes appeared to be the better team in the game. The ‘Canes outshot the Raiders 33-30 in the game and should’ve had at least five goals if not for Rylan Parenteau who was outstanding in the game. If the ‘Canes play the way they played in PA, it’ll be a long spring.

Kootenay Point of View

Gazing to the Finish Line: You have to think that a team with just ten wins this season and 50 regulation losses, that not only the 22 players, but the coaches, management and in all likelihood the broadcaster too are looking forward to the end of the season. Least to say, it’s been a rough season for the Ice, but that where the Hurricanes were two years ago — now look at them.

Zborosky Lighting It Up: The 1996-born forward, Zak Zborosky, despite playing on the worst team in the WHL is having a career year. The winger enters play tonight with a total of 59 points (27g-32a) in 53 games. Pretty good considering there are only four other Ice players with 20 or more points. By comparison, the Hurricanes have 13 players with 20+ points.


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