Reagan Dealt to Calgary

brady-reaganThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday that the team has acquired a fourth round draft pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft from the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for defenseman Brady Reagan.

Reagan, 19, was originally acquired by the Hurricanes at the 2015 WHL Trade Deadline from the Regina Pats. In 123 games as a Hurricane, the Calgary product registered 30 points (8g-22a) along with 99 penalty minutes.

“I think the emergence of some of our young guys have enable us to do this,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt. “Brady’s been a real strong Hurricane over two years. Unfortunately his play probably hasn’t been what we had hoped it would be this year and couple that with some of our young guys and us wanting to play some of the young guys more, it’s pushed us into moving him to another team.”

The Hurricanes are back in action tonight when they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm. The Hurricanes will also host the 21st Annual Canadian Tire Toque and Teddy Toss on Friday when they face the Red Deer Rebels at 7:00pm.

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

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Raiders

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

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‘Canes vs. Raiders in 2015/16: 2-2-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: March 5th/2016 (3-2 Raiders in Prince Albert)

‘Canes Record: 11-11-1-2
‘Canes Home Record: 6-5-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 5-6-0-2

Raiders Record: 5-19-1-0
Raiders Home Record: 
2-8-1-0
Raiders Road Record: 3-11-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (10G, 18A, 28P)
Raiders Leading Scorer: Simon Stansky (8G, 14A, 22P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a busy stretch before Christmas tonight as they host the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes (11-11-1-2) are coming off their fourth straight victory on Saturday afternoon as they earned a 4-2 victory in Calgary against the Hitmen. The ‘Canes are currently in the midst of their longest winning streak of the season having clawed back to five-hundred on the year. The Hurricanes are 6-5-1-0 on home ice this season.

The Raiders (5-19-1-0) are currently riding an eight game losing streak. Prince Albert dropped a 4-1 decision last night in Medicine Hat to the league-leading Tigers. The Raiders have lost seven straight on the road and sit with a 3-11-0-0 record away from the Art Hauser Centre.

Tonight will be the first of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Raiders; the two teams split the season series last year.

Tonight is also 106.7 ROCK night as they will be collecting donations for their annual Toy Mountain. It is encouraged that fans bring a new and unwrapped present for this great initiative.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Back to Five-Hundred: The win on Saturday in Calgary for the Hurricanes was not only their fourth straight but it brought their record back to five-hundred on the season. Entering play tonight the Hurricanes sit with a record of 11-11-1-2 on the year and are just three points out of second in the Central Division.

Flop of 20’s: The Hurricanes announced on Tuesday that they have swapped overage defenseman. The ‘Canes claimed 6’1”, 201-pound defenseman Shaun Dosanjh off waivers from the Kamloops Blazers. The team then placed defenseman Kord Pankewicz on waivers.

Prince Albert Point of View

Dealing Off: Less than two weeks ago, the Raiders swung a blockbuster with the Prince George Cougars sending high-profile defenseman Brendan Guhle to the Cougars. In exchange, the Raiders for defenseman Max Martin, forward Kolby Johnson a first and a third round draft pick. Don’t be surprised if Simon Stransky is dealt before long.

Basement Dwellers: After a 38 win season last year the finished them second in the East Division with 84 points, the Prince Albert Raiders have had a significant fall from grace so far this season. The Raiders sit last place in the entire Western Hockey League, even worse than the Kootenay Ice.

Hurricanes Claim Dosanjh, Waive Pankewicz

2016-Website-News-Article-Anniversary-LogoThe Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have claimed overage defenseman Shaun Dosanjh off waivers from the Kamloops Blazers while placing overage defenseman Kord Pankewicz on waivers.

Dosanjh, 20, has appeared in 142 games collecting 10 points (3g-7a) along with 113 penalty minutes in his Western Hockey League career with the Vancouver Giants, Prince George Cougars and Kamloops Blazers. The 6’1”, 201-pound left-hand shot defenseman has appeared in 18 games this season with the Blazers and Cougars collecting four points (1g-3a) along with 18 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating.

Pankewicz, 20, appeared in 155 games as a member of the Hurricanes over parts of three seasons scoring 97 points (12g-85a) along with 147 penalty minutes and a plus-22 rating.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are back in action on Wednesday when they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm The Hurricanes will host the 21st Annual Canadian Tire Toque and Teddy Toss on Friday when they face the Red Deer Rebels.

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

Hurricanes Double Hitmen 4-2

wong-hitmen-candicewardThe Lethbridge Hurricanes paid their first visit of the season to the Scotiabank Saddledome to face the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday afternoon in the Hitmen’s Teddy Bear Toss game. The Hurricanes were led by their Captain Tyler Wong who scored three in a 4-2 win over the Hitmen.

The Hitmen came out flying in the first period as you might expect but were unable to beat Stuart Skinner who was locked in early. The Hurricanes ended up getting on the board first as Tyler Wong scored his team-leading 14th of the season at the 10:03 mark with a laser high over the glove of Cody Porter to make it 1-0. Wong netted a second just 2:22 later as this time he beat Porter high blocker on a slap shot on the power play to make it 2-0 – Brennan Menell and Jordy Bellerive picked up the assists on the play. The ‘Canes made it 3-0 on another power play just under three minutes later as Giorgio Estephan scored his 10th of the season at the 15:22 mark – Egor Babenko and Calen Addison picked up the helpers on that goal. Before the period was out, the Hitmen eventually broke through as their overage Captain Micheal Zipp let a point shot go that deflected by Stuart Skinner to send the bears flying with just 12.6 seconds left in the first period. After the break, the period ended with the ‘Canes in front 3-1 with the shots tied 13-13.

The Hurricanes added to their lead in the second period. Wong completed his hat-trick at the 11:34 mark as he tapped home a centering pass from Estephan to make it 4-1 Lethbridge – Kroeker picked up another assist in the game on the goal. The Hurricanes had few good opportunities with power plays but couldn’t added upon their lead as they had a three goal cushion after forty minutes of play. Hurricanes outshot the Hitmen 10-4 in the middle frame.

In the third period, the Hurricanes were outshot 11-8. The Hitmen started the period on a lengthy power and they would claw into the lead. Beck Malenstyn tapped home a rebound at the 2:06 mark to make it 4-2 Hurricanes. Both teams continued to look for chances and with the empty net Calgary came close, but could not get another as the ‘Canes went on to the 4-2 victory.

The Hurricanes outshot the Hitmen 31-28 on the night. ‘Canes went 2/6 on the power play while the Hitmen were 1/3.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – 3 goals
2) Hitmen – #4 Micheal Zipp – 1 goal
3) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – 1 goal, 1 assist

The Hurricanes have now won four straight games and improve to 11-11-1-2 on the season. The ‘Canes are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre.

(Photo Credit: Candice Ward/Calgary Hitmen)

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Hitmen

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WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Calgary Hitmen
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: 2:00pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Hitmen in 2016/17: 1-0-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: October 1st/2016 (4-0 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 10-11-1-2
‘Canes Home Record: 6-5-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 4-6-0-2

Hitmen Record: 8-11-2-0
Hitmen Home Record: 
4-4-1-0
Hitmen Road Record: 4-7-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (10G, 18A, 28P)
Hitmen Leading Scorer: Matteo Gennaro (6G, 13A, 19P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes put a three game winning streak on the line on Saturday afternoon as they make their first of three visits to Scotiabank Saddledome to face the Calgary Hitmen at 2:00pm.

The Hurricanes (10-11-1-2) are coming off a 4-3 victory last night over the Swift Current Broncos at the ENMAX Centre. Colton Kroeker, Ryley Lindgren, Egor Babenko and Jordy Bellerive scored the goals in the victory for the Hurricanes. The ‘Canes had 43 shots on goal in the game marking just the third time this season the ‘Canes have eclipsed the 40-shot plateau.

The Hitmen (8-11-2-0) are coming off a loss last night to the Moose Jaw Warriors at the ‘Dome. Calgary sits fifth in the Central Division with 18 points, four back of Edmonton for fourth spot in the Division. Today will be Calgary’s annual Teddy Bear Toss.

Today is the second of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Hitmen. Lethbridge took the first meeting 4-0 at the ENMAX Centre on October 1st.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Another Shutout?: In their only meeting of the season this year, the Hurricanes shutout the Hitmen 4-0. The ‘Canes will hope to shut them out again tonight and ruin the fun of Calgary’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game. This will be the first of three Teddy Bear Tosses the Hurricanes will take part in, including their own on December 2nd against Red Deer.

Return of Preef: Tonight will mark the return to Calgary for Hurricanes defenseman Ty Prefontaine. The 1999-born rearguard was acquired by the ‘Canes from the Hitmen on October 28th. Prefontaine only appeared in eight games as a Calgary Hitmen recording his only WHL point in that time.

Calgary Point of View

Man Missing: The Hitmen have spent most of the season without the services of defenseman Jake Bean. Last year Bean was an offensive dynamo from the blue line putting up 24 goals and 64 points. This year the Carolina Hurricanes first rounder has played in just three games due to injury. He’s out another week or so with an upper-body injury.

Teddy Bear Toss: Tonight will be the Hitmen’s annual Teddy Bear Toss at the Saddledome. That means not only will there be a great atmosphere with a great crowd, but there will also be a long delay at some point. Calgary’s Jordy Stallard sent the bears flying last year as the Hitmen fans threw out 19,289 bears on Saddledome ice.

Hurricanes Get By Broncos

kroeker-broncosThe Lethbridge Hurricanes returned home on Friday night as they welcomed the Swift Current Broncos at the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes extended their win streak to three games with a 4-3 win over the Broncos.

The Hurricanes came out flying in the opening twenty minutes carrying over what they built on their US Division road trip as the ‘Canes peppered the Broncos with 22 shots in the first period while the Broncos had just seven. The Hurricanes struck first with a power play goal by Colton Kroeker just 2:42 into the hockey game – Brennan Menell and Kord Pankewicz picked up the helpers. The ‘Canes made it 2-0 just under three minutes later as Ryley Lindgren scored his 10th of the year – Ty Prefontaine picked up his first point as a ‘Canes while Pankewicz added the second helper. Broncos cut into the lead as Tyler Steenbergen netted a power play goal before Egor Babenko snapped a 12-game goalless drought with his sixth of the year making it 3-1. Late in the period, another power play goal for the Broncos got them back within one as Ryan Graham redirected a Max Lajoie point shot by Stuart Skinner as the period ended with the Hurricanes in front 3-2.

The ‘Canes continued the strong play early in the second period. Babenko was sprung on a breakaway before being taken down resulting in a penalty shot just 1:52 into the period but Babenko failed to score as the game stayed 3-2 Lethbridge. Just under three minutes later the Broncos tied the game as Graham added his second goal of the night making it 3-3. The Hurricanes outshot the Broncos 11-8 in the second period.

In the third period, the two teams traded chances. The best look was an opportunity for Igor Merezhko on the doorstep who appeared to have been robbed by Taz Burman but on a video replay the puck appeared to be in the net. However, on a video review, the goal was disallowed. The Hockey-Gods would make things even however as Jordy Bellerive scored late with a 1:33 left in the game to make it 4-3 as the ‘Canes would go on to the victory.

Shots were tied 10-10 in the third period, but the Hurricanes held the edge 43-25 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 1/7 on the power play while the Broncos were 2/4.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Broncos – #23 Ryan Graham – 2 goals, 1 assist
2) ‘Canes – #16 Ryley Lindgren – 1 goal, 1 assist
3) Broncos – #30 Taz Burman – 31 saves

The Hurricanes have now won three straight games to improve their record to 10-11-1-2 on the season. The ‘Canes will be back in action on Saturday at 2:00pm as they travel to Calgary to take on the Hitmen at Scotiabank Saddledome.

(Photo Credit: Tyler Barrett)

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Broncos

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game24-swiftcurrentThe Match Up

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

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‘Canes vs. Broncos in 2015/16: 4-0-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: January 13th/2016 (5-2 Hurricanes in Swift Current)

‘Canes Record: 9-11-1-2
‘Canes Home Record: 5-5-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 4-6-0-2

Broncos Record: 13-7-2-4
Broncos Home Record: 
7-4-1-0
Broncos Road Record: 6-3-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (9G, 17A, 26P)
Broncos Leading Scorer: Tyler Steenbergen (18G, 12A, 30P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes return to the ENMAX Centre tonight at 7:00pm as they welcome the Swift Current Broncos for the first of four meetings this year.

The Hurricanes (9-11-1-2) are coming off a come-from-behind 6-5 victory on Sunday in Portland against the Winterhawks. It was an offensive explosion for the ‘Canes who hadn’t scored more than three goals in their previous seven games. It was just the second time in their last 15 games they’d scored more than three goals in an outing. The win in Portland was the ‘Canes second straight after a five game losing streak. Tonight the Hurricanes will look to end a two-game home losing streak.

The Broncos (13-7-2-4) are coming off a 3-1 victory Wednesday night in Prince Albert against the Raiders for their second straight win. The Broncos currently sit second in the East Division with 32 points. Newcomer Ryan Graham, who was acquired on Monday from Saskatoon, has had an immediate impact for Swift Current as he’s netted six points in his first two games.

Tonight will be the first of two in a row for the Hurricanes who will play tomorrow afternoon in Calgary. It is also the Canes Crush Cancer night at the ENMAX Centre that includes a Toonie Toss in the second intermission.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Oh Captain, My Captain: Tyler Wong has been getting it done as of late. The overage forward has points in three straight games and four of his last five. Wong has racked up eight points in the span with four multi-point efforts in the last five. The Cochrane, Alberta product has six goals in that span and has scored the game winner in each of the last two outings.

Time to Make Hay: That’s right, it’s time for the Hurricanes to start to clean up. Let’s be honest, the schedule maker didn’t do the ‘Canes any favours with their schedule in the first two months of the season. They’ve been all over the map like a yo-yo in the last six weeks hitting each Canadian Province and each US State in which a WHL team resides. The benefit, aside from three more Saskatchewan trips, the team has gotten all of the hard travel out of the way early. Now they can start to clean up with home games and day trips!

Swift Current Point of View

New Man at the Helm: Manny Viveiros, the new head coach of the Swift Current Broncos, seems to have re-ignited the club. After missing the post-season last year with just 24 victories, the Broncos are already over half way to that win total as they enter tonight with a 13-7-2-4 record on the season – they sit second in the East division.

Golden Graham: The Broncos acquired overage forward Ryan Graham earlier this week from the Saskatoon Blades and he has paid off in spades. Graham has six points (3g-3a) in his first two games as a Bronco. Swift still has one overage spot left.