GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Pats

2016-2017-game-day-preview-graphic-patsgame10-reginaThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Pats in 2015/16: 1-2-0-1
Last Regular Season Meeting: February 24th/2016 (Pats 9-8 in a shootout in Lethbridge)

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

Pats Record: 5-0-3-0
Pats Home Record: 
3-0-3-0
Pats Road Record: 2-0-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (6G, 7A, 13P) & Brayden Burke (2G, 11A, 13P)
Pats Leading Scorer: Sam Steel (6G, 9A, 15P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a three game home stand tonight at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre when they welcome the Regina Pats in the first of two straight meetings against the East Division leaders.

The Hurricanes (5-2-1-1) are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss last night at home to the Vancouver Giants. Brayden Burke had yet another three point game with a goal and two assists – it was the third straight outing that he recorded three points. Ryan Gilchrist made 27 saves in the loss to the Giants in his second career start.

The Pats (5-0-3-0) are coming off an overtime victory on Friday as they defeated the Kootenay Ice 5-4 in extra time in Cranbrook. Connor Hobbs scored the overtime winner while rookie forward Nick Henry scored a hat-trick in regulation for Regina.

Tonight is the first of two straight against the Pats and four meetings this season between the two teams that met in the first round of the playoffs last year. Tickets for tonight’s match up 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

Oh My Burke: Hurricanes forward Brayden Burke has been red hot since returning from Calgary Flames training camp. The 19-year-old has 13 points (2g-11a) in six games since returning. Burke has potted three points in each of the last three games. He is currently tied for the WHL lead in assists with 11.

Area of Concern: In three of their last five games, the Hurricanes have seen third period leads slip away eventually losing the games. In those three games, the ‘Canes have recorded a 0-1-1-1 record.

Regina Point of View

Brooks Sent Back: The Pats got good news on Monday as the Toronto Maple Leafs re-assigned their draft pick Adam Brooks to the Pats. Brooks led the WHL in scoring last year with 120 points (38g-82a). He also had 23 points in 12 playoff games.

Pats the Favourite?: Going into the second a lot of prognosticators have selected the Regina Pats as one of, if not the, Memorial Cup favourite. Hard to argue when you look at their roster with the likes of Adam Brooks, Sam Steel and Austin Wagner up front and Connor Hobbs on the blue line.

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