Hurricanes Bump Slump in Big Way

nagel-franklin-joseph-celebrationThe Lethbridge Hurricanes ended the month of October on a high as they knocked off the Red Deer Rebels by a 6-1 score Saturday night at the ENMAX Centre in the final of a brief two game home stand.

Five separate Hurricanes had multiple point nights including Jordy Bellerive, Ryley Lindgren and Tyler Wong who all had three point efforts. Stuart Skinner was sharp making 26 saves in the victory that snapped a six game losing streak for the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes carried over momentum that they built in the third period of Friday’s game against the Prince George. After a good opening two minutes for the Rebels, the Hurricanes started to find their game. The Hurricanes, helped by power plays, started to generate some scoring chances including a Tyler Wong goal post with the extra man. The ‘Canes finally broke through and opened the scoring for the first time in five games with a late goal that bounced off Giorgio Estephan and passed Rebels goalie Riley Lamb to make it 1-0 ‘Canes with just 29.1 seconds left – Igor Merezhko and Bellerive picked up the helpers. The Hurricanes outshot the Rebels 13-9 in the first period.

The ‘Canes continued their strong play in the second period as they added to their lead. Bellerive scored his third of the season on a power play with a bullet over the glove of Lamb to make it 2-0 Lethbridge – assists went to Lindgren and Wong. It was the first time in five outings that the Hurricanes scored more than one goal. The ‘Canes got their third on a fourth line shift off the stick of Tanner Nagel who scored his first as a Hurricanes to make it 3-0.  The Rebels got on the board late in the period as Evan Polei scored his seventh of the season on a power play with just 14 seconds left to cut the ‘Canes lead to 3-1 after forty minutes. Rebels outshot the ‘Canes 10-5 in the middle frame.

In the third period, the Hurricanes took the game back over outshooting Red Deer 10-8 in the final twenty minutes. After a big penalty kill early in the period, the Hurricanes added three more goals en route to the win. First Wong netted his seventh of the year at the 6:54 mark with the assists going to Burke and Lindgren. Just 23 seconds after the Wong goal, Estephan scored his second of the night before Burke rounded out the scoring with his fourth of the season at the 11:37 mark helping the Hurricanes to a 6-1 victory.

The Hurricanes outshot the Rebels 28-27 on the night as they outshot the opponent for the second straight night and for just the third time this season. The ‘Canes went 1/5 on the power play while Red Deer was 1/3.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – 2 goals
2) ‘Canes – #15 Jordy Bellerive – 1 goal, 2 assists
3) ‘Canes – #18 Tanner Nagel – 1 goal

The win for the Hurricanes improved their record to 6-7-1-1 on the season and snapped a six game losing streak and a five game regulation losing streak. The Hurricanes embark on a three game BC Division road trip on Wednesday in Kamloops. Seven of the next ten games for the Hurricanes will be on the road.

The ‘Canes are back home on Sunday, November 13th when they welcome the Saskatoon Blades at the ENMAX Centre. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centres.

(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Rebels

2016-2017-game-day-preview-graphic-rebelsgame15-reddeerThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Prince George Cougars
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live

Print

‘Canes vs. Rebels in 2015/16: 5-1-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: March 12th/2016 (Rebels 6-1 in Red Deer)

‘Canes Record: 5-7-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 4-3-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 1-4-0-1

Rebels Record: 8-4-1-1
Rebels Home Record: 
6-2-1-0
Rebels Road Record: 2-2-0-1

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (3G, 14A, 17P)
Rebels Leading Scorer: Michael Spacek (8G, 9A, 17P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes welcome the Red Deer Rebels tonight in the B93 Halloween Howler in what will be the final of a two game home stand at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes (5-7-1-1) are coming off a 2-1 loss last night to the league-leading Prince George Cougars at home. The Hurricanes outshot the Cougars 29-28 in the game; it was just the second time this season the ‘Canes have outshot the opponent. The loss for the Hurricanes was the sixth straight defeat suffered by the team.

The Rebels (8-4-1-1) had their five game winning streak snapped last night by the Medicine Hat Tigers falling 5-2 at the ENMAX Centrium. Red Deer have been led by forward Michael Spacek who has 17 points (8g-9a) in 11 games this season. The Rebels have posted a 2-2-0-1 record on the road this season.

Tonight will be the first of six meetings between the Hurricanes and the Rebels. The ‘Canes took five of six meetings last season and have won seven of the last eight contests between the teams dating back to 2014-2015.

Tickets for tonight’s game are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centres.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

End of the Month: The Hurricanes will look to put a disappointing October behind them after tonight’s game against the Red Deer Rebels. The ‘Canes have not had a great month having posted a below five-hundred record thus far in the month. Tonight will be the final of the 12 game month.

The Right Prescription?: Tonight might be what the Hurricanes need to build some positive vibes. The Hurricanes have had their way with the Rebels in recent meetings. The ‘Canes have won eight of the last nine meetings against Red Deer dating back to two seasons ago. Lethbridge won five of six meetings last season between the two.

Red Deer Point of View

Strong Rebound: After a team hosts the MasterCard Memorial Cup, usually that team takes a step backwards, however the Red Deer Rebels haven’t taken a step back. The Rebels are having a nice start to the season having won their sixth straight game on Wednesday over Brandon having posted an 8-3-1-1 record after their first 13 games.

Local Connections: The Rebels are the only team in the WHL that has two Lethbridge products on their roster. 16-year-old forward D-Jay Jerome and 18-year-old forward Jordan Roy are both from Lethbridge. Jerome spent last season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes Midget AAA team appearing in 34 games and registering 35 points. Roy, whose hometown is listed as Kimberley, played his minor hockey in Lethbridge with the Golden Hawks and the Hurricanes Midget AAA.

Hurricanes Edged 2-1 by Cougars

franklin-cougarsThe Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a brief two game home stand on Friday night against the league-leading Prince George Cougars in hopes of snapping a five game losing streak but the Cougars stymied the ‘Canes offense en route to a 2-1 road victory.

The Hurricanes played a strong game, especially in the second half, but could not break through and find the net. Lethbridge hit three goal posts in the contest and had many great scoring chances but a hot goaltender in Ty Edmonds held the ‘Canes at bay.

The Cougars jumped out to an early 1-0 lead at the 3:51 mark as Jansen Harkins netted his fourth goal of the season on a partial two-on-one as he beat Stuart Skinner with a shot over the blocker. The Hurricanes equalized at the 9:21 mark as Giorgio Estephan scored his fourth of the season on a power play to make it 1-1 – Brayden Burke and Brennan Menell picked up the assists on the play. Late in the first period, the Cougars re-took the lead on an ugly goal that pinballed by Skinner to make it 2-1 Prince George – Bartek Bison was credited with the goal. The Cougars held the edge in shots 13-7 in the first period.

It was an even second period that saw the Cougars outshoot the Hurricanes 9-7 in the middle frame. Both teams had some chances on the power play. The ‘Canes had two chances with the extra man but failed to beat Edmonds. Prince George had a lengthy chance on a five-on-three power play late in the period for 1:47 but the ‘Canes had a large kill keeping the Cougars at bay. The score favoured the Cougars 2-1 after forty minutes of play.

The ‘Canes built on the momentum garnered off of the five-on-three kill as they had one of their best period in recent games outshooting the Cougars 16-6 in the final twenty minutes. The ‘Canes had a handful of power play chances, including a five-on-three of their own, but could not solve Edmonds who stood tall making some great saves. The ‘Canes also hit a pair of goal posts in the third period but could get the puck luck required to break through and tie the game as the Cougars went on to the 2-1 victory.

The ‘Canes outshot the Cougars 29-28 in the hockey game – only the second time this season that the Hurricanes outshot the opposition. The Hurricanes went 1/8 on the power play while Prince George was 0/4 with the extra man.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Cougars – #35 Ty Edmonds – 28 saves
2) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – 1 assist
3) Cougars – #14 Colby McAuley – 1 assist

The Hurricanes have now lost six straight games and have only generated one goal in each of their last four games, however, the ‘Canes played the best game in recent weeks despite the defeat. The ‘Canes are back in action on Saturday night when they host the Red Deer Rebels at 7:00pm in the B93 Halloween  Howler.

Tickets are available for Saturday’s game online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centres.

(Photo Credit:  Colin Moreland)

Reagan Suspended

Hurricanes-30thAnniversaryLogo-OutlinesThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Friday that defenseman Brady Reagan has been suspended.

The length of the suspension for Reagan has yet to be determined. The Calgary, Alberta product has been suspended for violating team rules.

There will be no further comment from the hockey club.

The Hurricanes are in action tonight at 7:00pm when they host the Prince George Cougars before hosting the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday at 7:00pm. Tickets for both games can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centres.

Hurricanes Acquire Defenseman

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Friday that the club has acquired 1999-born defenseman Ty Prefontaine from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

Prefontaine, 17, was originally a draft pick of the Prince Albert Raiders in the fifth round (95th overall) in the 2014 Bantam Draft. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan product has appeared in 11 WHL games, three with the Raiders and eight with the Hitmen, collecting one assist and four penalty minutes.

The left-handed 6’2”, 189-pound Prefontaine is expected to be in the line-up tonight as the Hurricanes host the Prince George Cougars at 7:00pm.

Tickets for Cougar Night and the B93 Halloween Howler are still available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centres. Both games start at 7:00pm.

(Photo Credit: Calgary Hitmen/Candice Ward)

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Cougars

2016-2017-game-day-preview-graphic-cougarsgame14-princegeorgeThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes vs. Prince George Cougars
Where: ENMAX Centre
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live

Print

‘Canes vs. Cougars in 2015/16: 0-2-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: November 20th/2015 (Cougars 4-2 in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 5-6-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 4-2-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 1-4-0-1

Cougars Record: 12-2-1-0
Cougars Home Record: 
5-2-1-0
Cougars Road Record: 7-0-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (7G, 9A, 16P) & Brayden Burke (3G, 13A, 16P)
Cougars Leading Scorer: Brad Morrison (7G, 12A, 19P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes return home to kick off a brief two game home-stand tonight when they welcome the league-leading Prince George Cougars at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes (5-6-1-1) enter tonight having dropped five straight games after suffering a 6-1 loss last Friday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. The ‘Canes last victory was October 12th against the Victoria Royals when they earned a 5-2 win. The ‘Canes have posted a 4-2-1-0 record on home ice this season.

The Cougars (12-2-1-0) are coming off a 5-2 victory on Wednesday night in Cranbrook over the Kootenay Ice in the first of a three game Central Division road trip. Prince George boasts a league-best 25 points entering play tonight and have posted a 4-0-1-0 record in their last five games.

Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Hurricanes and Cougars. It is also “Cougar Night” at the ENMAX Centre – bring your mom, wife or significant other to the game and when you buy a regular priced Adult ticket you’ll receive $5.00 off the second ticket.

Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centres.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Four Gone to the Soo: The Hurricanes are without four members of the team as players Calen Addison and Josh Tarzwell and coaches Brent Kisio and Andrew Doty are in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario competing at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Addison is representing Canada Black, Tarzwell is suiting up for Canada Red while Kisio and Doty are coaching Canada White.

GM Steps to the Bench: While Brent Kisio is away at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt will step behind the bench and assume Head Coaching duties. Anholt is no stranger to a WHL bench having coached the Hurricanes in the second half of 2014-2015. He also has spent time with the Prince Albert Raiders, Red Deer Rebels, Kelowna Rockets and Seattle Thunderbirds totaling 464 victories.

Prince George Point of View

Great Start: The Prince George Cougars will make their first of two visits to the ENMAX Centre tonight. The Cougars are off to a great start and lead the WHL with a 12-2-1-0 record obtaining 25 of a possible 30 points. PG is coming off a 5-2 win in Kootenay on Wednesday in the first of a three game Central Division trip.

Local Product: The Cougars are one of a handful of teams that have Lethbridge talent on their roster. Prince George boasts local product Kody McDonald. McDonald is in his third WHL season with the Cougars and has had a good start to the season netting 12 points (4g-8a) in 15 games thus far. He had 29 points (15g-14a) in 71 games last season.

Hurricanes Downed Again 6-1

burke-wheatkings(Photo Credit: Brandon Wheat Kings)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a three-game East Division road trip on Friday night in Brandon against the Wheat Kings and for the second time in three games dropped a 6-1 decision.

It was a spirited first period between the Hurricanes and the Wheat Kings. Brandon jumped out to an early lead 1-0 lead as former Hurricane Reid Duke took a Linden McCorrister drop pass and snapped on by Stuart Skinner goal post and in just 4:44 into the game. Midway through the period, Wheat Kings overage forward hit Giorgio Estephan from behind resulting in a five-minute major for checking from behind and the Hurricanes struck on the ensuing penalty after two minutes of four-on-four as Zane Franklin stepped up and fought Coulter. Brayden Burke beat a screened Jordan Papirny with a slapshot for his third goal of the season at the 15:52 mark – Brennan Menell and Ryley Lindgren drew the assists on the tying goal. Hurricanes led the shot department 12-8.

In the second period, the Wheat Kings forged ahead scoring both goals in the period. Cole Reinhardt netted his second of the season 1:37 into the period after a rebound off a Tanner Kaspick shot went off Reinhardt’s skate and past Skinner for a shorthanded goal that made it 2-1. Brandon added another at the 12:48 mark as Kaspick redirected a Kale Clague point shot in to make it 3-1 Wheaties. Brandon led the shot department 16-8 in the second period.

In the third, everything fell apart for the Hurricanes. After receiving an early power play, off the ensuing faceoff Kaspick picked off a pass and was away to the races on a two-on-one with Clague who beat Skinner once receiving the pass for the Wheat Kings second shorthanded goal of the night just 2:08 into the third period making it 4-1 Brandon. Just 49 seconds later, Wheat Kings struck again as James Shearer netted his first. On a power play at the 8:17 mark, Duke centered to Ty Lewis who roofed it over the glove of Skinner to put Brandon up 6-1 and that was the final.

Shots on goal in the third period favoured Brandon 14-13 and 38-33 overall. The Hurricanes went 1/5 on the power play while Brandon was 1/3.

Three stars in the game were:
1) Wheat Kings – #10 Kale Clague – 1 goal, 2 assists
2) Wheat Kings – #16 Tanner Kaspick – 1 goal, 2 assists
3) Wheat Kings – #32 James Shearer – 1 goal, 1 assist

The Hurricanes record slips to 5-6-1-1 on the season with the fifth straight loss. The ‘Canes will return home for a pair of games next weekend when they welcome the Prince George Cougars on Friday night before the Red Deer Rebels come to town on Saturday night.