‘Canes vs. Rebels in 2015/16: 5-0-0-0
Last Meeting: March 11th/2016 (6-1 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)
‘Canes Record: 45-21-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 27-6-0-1
‘Canes Road Record: 18-15-1-0
Rebels Record: 42-23-1-2
Rebels Home Record: 22-8-1-2
Rebels Road Record: 20-15-0-0
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (24G, 79A, 103P)
Rebels Leading Scorer: Ivan Nikolishin (31G, 48A, 79P)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off an important three-in-three weekend that includes a home-and-home with the Red Deer Rebels tonight at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm against the Rebels on ‘Fan Appreciation Night’.
The Hurricanes have won four of their last five games after getting back in the win column on Tuesday night in Cranbrook with a 7-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice. Ryan Vandervlis and Giorgio Estephan each had three points in the game while Jordy Bellerive netted a pair of goals in the win.
The win for the Hurricanes improved their record to 44-21-1-1 on the season as they trail the Eastern Conference leading Brandon Wheat Kings by just two points. The Hurricanes have a three point lead on the Rebels for first in the Central Division.
Red Deer meanwhile is on quite the tear having won five straight games heading into tonight while they have posted an impressive 7-3-0-0 record in their last ten games despite not having starting goaltender Rylan Toth.
The Hurricanes have already won the season series with the Rebels having won the first four meetings on the year outscoring Red Deer by a 21-8 margin. The ‘Canes have won six straight contests against the Rebels dating back to last year.
If the Hurricanes win both games against Red Deer this weekend, they can clinch the Central Division title for the first time since the Championship year of 1996-1997.
Lethbridge Point of View
Rebel Dominance: The Hurricanes have dominated the Rebels this season. The ‘Canes are a perfect 5-0-0-0 against Red Deer this season and have outscored them 27-9 in the five games. The ‘Canes have won seven straight against the Rebels dating back to last season.
Division Within Grasp: A win tonight in Red Deer for the Hurricanes will not only sweep the six game season series against the Rebels but it would also clinch the ‘Canes the Central Division title. It would be the ‘Canes first Division win since 1996-1997.
Red Deer Point of View
Stopped In Tracks: After a five game winning streak, the Rebels were handed a 6-1 loss last night in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes. It was just their fourth loss in their last 11 games.
Helewka’s Impact: The Rebels made a few big trades heading into the trade deadline to stack their roster for their Memorial Cup run this spring and the biggest impact has been made by Adam Helewka who has 22 goals and 37 points in 30 games since joining Red Deer from the Spokane Chiefs.