‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2015/16: 3-3-0-0
Last Meeting: Feb. 20th/2016 (3-2 Hitmen in Calgary)
‘Canes Record: 2-1-0-0
‘Canes Home Record: 2-0-0-0
‘Canes Road Record: 0-1-0-0
Hitmen Record: 2-0-0-0
Hitmen Home Record: 1-0-0-0
Hitmen Road Record: 1-0-0-0
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (2G, 4A, 6P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Micheal Zipp, Murphy Stratton & Tyler Mrkonjic (1G, 1A, 2P)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes play the second of a three game home-stand tonight when they welcome the Calgary Hitmen in the first of six meetings this season at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes are coming off a tight 5-4 victory last night over the Kootenay Ice. Jesse Zaharichuk led all scorers in the game against his former team with a goal and three assists. Ryley Lindgren had his second three-point night of the season and scored the game-winning goal with just 1:13 left in the hockey game. Five Hurricanes had multiple point games in the victory.
The Hitmen meanwhile were idle on Friday night and have not played since a 2-1 overtime victory last Saturday in Cranbrook against the Ice. The Hitmen are 2-0-0-0 to start the season despite missing seven players attending NHL camps on opening weekend – four of those seven players have returned.
Tickets are still available for tonight’s game online, by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre or by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328).
Lethbridge Point of View
Busy Schedule: The Hurricanes kicked off a busy part of their schedule last night against the Kootenay Ice. The ‘Canes have begun a stretch where they will play 11 games in 22 nights and 16 games in the next 36 nights with trips to Washington State, Brandon and then back out to Vancouver. .
El Captitano: Hurricanes Captain Tyler Wong should get back into the line-up tonight. The overage forward who returned from Toronto Maple Leafs training camp this week will likely make his season debut tonight after missing last night’s game due to a suspension handed down from a hit on Austin Wagner in the playoffs last year.
Calgary Point of View
Three Back: The Hitmen had a total of six roster players attend NHL Training Camps this fall. Four of which have returned as Beck Malenstyn (Washington), Jakob Stukel (Vancouver) and Carsen Twarynski (Philadelphia) have all returned. Jake Bean (Carolina), Jordy Stallard (Winnipeg) and Matteo Gennaro (Winnipeg) are still attending camps.
Three-Headed Monster: To start the season, the Hitmen are continuing to carry three goaltenders with Cody Porter, Nik Amundrud and Kyle Dumba still on their roster. Porter and Amundrud are 1997-born while Dumba, the younger brother of Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, is a 1998-born netminder.