‘Canes vs. Pats in 2016/17: 0-1-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: October 15th/2016 (Pats 7-2 in Lethbridge)
‘Canes Record: 5-3-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 4-2-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 1-1-0-1
Pats Record: 6-0-3-0
Pats Home Record: 3-0-3-0
Pats Road Record: 3-0-0-0
‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (7G, 8A, 15P)
Pats Leading Scorer: Sam Steel (7G, 10A, 17P)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes begin a three-game East Division road trip tonight as they visit the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre in a rematch of Saturday night’s tilt at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes (5-3-1-1) dropped a 7-2 decision on Saturday to the Pats at home. The ‘Canes led 2-0 in the second period only to see the Pats score seven unanswered goals en route to the lopsided victory. The Hurricanes are 1-1-0-1 on the road this season – their lone victory coming in Spokane two Friday’s ago.
The Pats (6-0-3-0) are the only team in the Western Hockey League not to have lost a game in regulation thus far in the season. Regina has won two straight games and is 3-0-3-0 on home ice this season. The Pats boasts a league-best offence averaging a WHL-leading 4.89 goals per game.
Tonight is the second of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Pats. Tune into 106.7 ROCK starting at 6:45pm with Dustin Forbes to hear the game.
Lethbridge Point of View
Overage Impessing: Hurricanes forward Ryley Lindgren is off to a great start in his final year in the WHL. The Manitoba product leads the Hurricanes in scoring entering play tonight with 15 points (7g-8a) in 10 games. Lindgren has points in three straight games and seven of his last eight outings. Lindgren leads the WHL in points by 20-year-olds.
Nemesis: It seems that the Regina Pats are the Lethbridge Hurricanes biggest nemesis. Not only are they a rival, but the Pats have had the ‘Canes number – and bad. Regina has posted a 10-2-1-0 record against the Hurrianes in the last five years and the Pats have won eight of ten meetings – playoffs included – since the beginning of last year.
Regina Point of View
Great Start: The Pats are off to a great start to the new season having posted a 6-0-3-0 record through nine games after a 7-2 win on Saturday in Lethbridge. Regina is the only team in the WHL yet to lose a game in regulation. They are 3-0-3-0 at the Brandt Centre.
Tough as Steel: Anaheim Ducks first round pick from last year’s NHL Entry Draft, Sam Steel, has been excellent since returning from NHL camp. Steel has racked up a league-leading 17 points (7g-10a) in just seven games thus far. If he was to appear in the maximum of 70 games for Regina at that pace he’d rack up 170 points (70g-100a) — that probably won’t happen, but it’s a hell of a start.