GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Tigers

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game1-medicinehatThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Medicine Hat Tigers
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Tigers in 2015/16: 5-2-0-0
Last Meeting: March 19th/2016 (4-2 Tigers in Medicine Hat)

‘Canes Record in 2015/2016: 46-24-1-1
‘Canes Home Record in 2015/2016: 28-7-0-1
‘Canes Road Record in 2015/2016: 18-17-1-0

Tigers Record in 2015/2016: 30-37-3-2
Tigers Home Record in 2015/2016: 
17-16-1-2
Tigers Road Record in 2015/2016: 13-21-2-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer in 2015/2016: Brayden Burke (27G, 82A, 109P)
Tigers Leading Scorer in 2015/2016: Chad Butcher (27G, 47A, 74P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes officially kick off their 30th Anniversary Season tonight at 7:00pm when they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre in the Dairy Queen Home Opener.

The Hurricanes look to begin the season with a victory after posting a 2-4-0-0 record in six pre-season games. The ‘Canes most recent game was a 6-2 loss to the Calgary Hitmen last Friday in the Crowsnest Pass.

Last season, the Hurricanes began the year with a 5-1 victory over the Tigers in the Dairy Queen Home Opener. The ‘Canes posted a 5-2-0-0 record against Medicine Hat last year and were a perfect 4-0-0-0 at the ENMAX Centre.

Select tickets are still available for tonight’s game but are selling quickly. Reserve your seats for tonight by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre, online or by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328). There will also be a tailgate party from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on the North Plaza of the ENMAX Centre sponsored by Browns Socialhouse with all proceeds going to the United Way.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Finally Here: Yes, finally hockey season has arrived. Welcome back everyone! It’s been 175 days since the Hurricanes last played a meaningful game – that Game 5 that we don’t really want to talk about. Least to say, after a 46 win season last year capped off by a Central Division title and the first playoff berth in six years, this season should prove to be a strong follow up!

 

Kroek’s Ready to Break Out: It might be the time for Colton Kroeker to show us that he can score on a consistent basis. There were times last year after he was acquired from Regina where the Surrey product looked poised to break out, but then dried up. Kroeker was tied for the league lead in goals in the pre-season having scored five in five games. More than that, he just looks more mature physically and appears to be ready for a breakout season. Let’s hope he can replace Cory Millette’s 34 goals.

Medicine Hat Point of View

New Opportunity: The 2015/2016 season wasn’t a great one for the Tigers after opening up their new building, the Canalta Centre. But the team finished the year on a tear going 7-3-0-0 in their last ten games ultimately needing a tiebreaker end their season as they lost to the Oil Kings.

H&H: The combination of Gary Haden and James Hamblin will be a huge difference for the Tigers in 2016/2017. The two looked great in the pre-season and with both only being 1999-born players, they’re the new core for Medicine Hat.

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