GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Blazers

2016-2017-game-day-preview-graphic-blazersgame16-kamloopsThe Match Up

WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Kamloops Blazers
Where: Sandman Centre
When: 8:00pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live

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‘Canes vs. Blazers in 2015/16: 1-1-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: January 15th/2016 (Hurricanes 6-2 in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 6-7-1-1
‘Canes Home Record: 5-3-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 1-4-0-1

Blazers Record: 9-8-0-0
Blazers Home Record: 
6-1-0-0
Blazers Road Record: 3-7-0-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Brayden Burke (4G, 15A, 19P) & Ryley Lindgren (7G, 12A, 19P)
Blazers Leading Scorer: Collin Shirley (6G, 12A, 18P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a three game BC Division road trip tonight as they make their lone visit to the Sandman Centre to face the Kamloops Blazers at 8:00pm Alberta time.

The Hurricanes (6-7-1-1) are coming off a lopsided 6-1 victory on Saturday night over the Red Deer Rebels at the ENMAX Centre. The win for the ‘Canes snapped a six game losing streak, the longest since 2014-2015. The line of Jordy Bellerive, Giorgio Estephan and Tyler Wong combined for eight points and four goals in the victory over the Rebels. The Hurricanes will look to snap a four game road losing streak tonight; the ‘Canes are 1-4-0-1 on the road this year with their only victory coming in Spokane on October 12th.

The Blazers (9-8-0-0) are coming off a lopsided victory of their own having earned a 5-1 win last night in Kelowna against the Rockets. Deven Sideroff led the Blazers in the win with three points and first star honours. Kamloops has a 6-1-0-0 record on home ice this season as they are tied for the most home victories in the Western Hockey League.

Tonight will be the first of two meetings this season between the Hurricanes and the Blazers. The two teams split a pair of games last year with the home team winning each game. Tune in to 106.7 ROCK starting at 7:45pm for the pre-game show with Dustin Forbes.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

New Month, New Leaf: The Hurricanes will look to forget a disappointing month of October. Despite starting the month well and ending it with a big victory over the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday, the month was less than satisfactory as the ‘Canes dropped six straight games posting a monthly record of 4-6-1-1.

AP Call Ups: The Hurricanes have called up two players for their BC Division road trip. 1999-born forward Jayden Davis has been re-called from the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL while 2001-born defenseman Nolan Jones has been called up from the Moose Jaw Generals of the SMAHL.

Kamloops Point of View

He’s ‘Shirley’ Good: Blazers Captain Collin Shirley is having a nice start to his overage season. The big forward has racked up a team leading 18 points (6g-12a) in 17 games this season. Shirley posted a career high 79 points (37g-42a) last season for the Blazers. Shirley attended the Edmonton Oilers training camp on an invite.

Good Puck Stopper: The Blazers have one of the better goaltender’s in the WHL with Connor Ingram as their number one netminder. The former Telus Cup Champion with the Prince Albert Mintos has posted a 2.02 goals against average this season with a .935 save percentage. The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect sits second in GAA and tied for first in SV%.

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