Hurricanes Sweep Weekend; Beat Rockets 6-5

joseph-kelownaThe Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a three-in-three weekend on Sunday night at home against the Kelowna Rockets in the marquee matchup in the Western Hockey League. Both teams entered flying high. The ‘Canes entered the game 10-0-1-0 in their last 11 games while the Rockets entered 8-1-1-0 in their last 10. But only one streak continued as the Hurricanes improved to 11-0-1-0 in their last 12 games earning a 6-5 victory over the Rockets.

It was a crazy start to the game as Kelowna controlled the opening two minutes and would score early as Conner Bruggen-Cate jumped on a rebound to beat Stuart Skinner 1:35 into the game to make it 1-0 Rockets. The Hurricanes quickly answered back to tie the game as Brennan Menell jumped into the rush and beat Michael Herringer on a pass from Tyler Wong to make it 1-1 – Skinner earned the assist on the goal. ‘Canes added two more quick ones 1:26 apart. First, Calen Addison buried his fifth before Jordy Bellerive netted his 13th of the year on the power play to put Lethbridge up 3-1. Herringer was lifted from the game after giving up three goals on four shots. Brodan Salmond came into the game and stopped all seven shots he faced in the period. Kelowna pulled within one with 1:59 left in the period as Calvin Thurkauf ripped one over the glove of Skinner as the ‘Canes led 3-2 after twenty minutes of play.

Rockets continued the momentum into the second period as James Hilsendager scored his first as a Rocket at the 6:30 mark to tie the game at 3-3 as he beat Skinner from well out over the glove. Kelowna forged ahead for the second time as Thurkauf netted his second of the night and 17th of the season at the 9:42 mark with a power play goal to put the Rockets in front 4-3. However, the lead was short-lived as Colton Kroeker buried a centering pass from Wong passed Salmond to tie it at 4-4 – Giorgio Estephan picked up the second assist on the goal. Shots favoured the Rockets 16-11 in the second period. In the second period, Skinner became the all-time leader in franchise saves surpassing Darcy Austin’s mark of 3,516 set between 1990 and 1992.

The see-saw battle continued in the third period as the Hurricanes jumped out to a 5-4 lead as Tanner Nagel netted his sixth of the season on a breakaway at the 10:26 mark – Zane Franklin and Brennan Riddle picked up the assists on the goal. The Hurricanes made it a two goal lead as Egor Babenko scored his ninth of the year with 4:57 left in the game putting the ‘Canes ahead 6-4 – Ryan Bowen and Bellerive earned the helpers. Kelowna made things interesting as Nolan Foote scored with 3:18 left in the third period but that was as close as the Rockets came as the Hurricanes hung on to a 6-5 victory.

Shots in the third period were 13-13. Kelowna held the edge 43-35 in the game. The Hurricanes went 2/4 on the power play while Kelowna was 1/3.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – 3 assists
2) Rockets – #27 Calvin Thurkauf – 2 goals
3) ‘Canes – #22 Egor Babenko – 1 goal

The win for the ‘Canes snapped a ten game losing streak against Kelowna; it was their first win over the Rockets in February 24th, 2012. The Hurricanes have now won six straight home games and six in a row overall. The victory improved the ‘Canes record to 11-0-1-0 in their last 12 games and 18-11-2-2 on the season.

The Hurricanes are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Kamloops Blazers at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online, by calling 403- 329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.


Hurricanes Edge Tigers 3-2

riddle-goalThe Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a three-in-three weekend on Friday night as they welcomed the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre and the ‘Canes continued to roll as they earned their third straight victory picking up a 3-2 win.

The Hurricanes had a better second period as they outshot the Tigers 10-6 in the middle frame. The ‘Canes tied the game at the 10:22 mark as Jordy Bellerive scored his 11th of the season on a persistent play to poke the puck out of Tigers’ Nick Schneider’s legs before tucking home the puck – Shaun Dosanjh and Ryley Lindgren picked up the assists on the goal to even the score at 1-1. Just 1:17 later, the Hurricanes jumped out to their first lead as 19-year-old defenseman Brennan Riddle leaned into a slap shot that deflected off a Tiger and passed Schneider for his first WHL goal in career game 138 – it was an unassisted goal at the 11:39 mark. The Hurricanes held the lead 2-1 after forty minutes of play.

The Tigers came out firing in the third period outshooting the ‘Canes 16-5 in the final twenty minutes of play. Medicine Hat tied the game at the 10:13 mark as Quenneville potted his second of the night, again on the power play, to tie the game at 2-2. The Hurricanes didn’t take too long to respond however as Giorgio Estephan leaned into a slapshot from the right circle with 3:04 left to give the ‘Canes a 3-2 lead – Tyler Wong and Colton Kroeker earned the assists on what proved to be the game-winning goal.

The Hurricanes were outshot 39-23 on the night. ‘Canes went 0/4 on the power play while the Tigers were 2/4.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #3 Brennan Riddle – First Career Goal
2) Tigers – #19 David Quenneville – 2 goals
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – 37 saves

The Hurricanes improved to 16-11-2-2 on the season and 9-0-1-0 in their last ten games with the victory.

The Hurricanes are back in action on Saturday when they travel to take on the Swift Current Broncos at 6:00pm Alberta Time. The ‘Canes will wrap up their three-in-three weekend on Sunday at 6:00pm when they welcome the Kelowna Rockets at the ENMAX Centre.

(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)

Hurricanes Edge Pats 5-4 in OT

wong-pats-cellyThe Lethbridge Hurricanes welcome the league-leading Regina Pats on Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre in hopes of having their streak continue and it took overtime but the Hurricanes earned a 5-4 victory over the Pats.

The Hurricanes started well outskating the Pats and got rewarded early. Tanner Nagel threw a puck to net and was able to beat Pats goalie Tyler Brown 4:10 into the game to make it 1-0 Hurricanes – Jadon Joseph and Zane Franklin picked up the assists on the goal. The Hurricanes made it 2-0 as they struck with a power play at the 13:23 mark as Ryan Bowen redirected a Jordy Bellerive point shot to the back of the net – Tyler Wong extended his point scoring streak to six games with the second assist. However, the two goal lead was short-lived as Sam Steel scored his 32 seconds later cutting the lead in half. Steel struck again before the period was out as he pick-pocketed Calen Addison and buried one over the blocker of Stuart Skinner with just 38 seconds left in the period as the first ended in a 2-2 tie. Hurricanes were outshot 15-7 in the first period.

The ‘Canes jumped on the Pats early in the second period as Wong potted his 20th goal of the season just 33 seconds on after Colton Kroeker made a beautiful cross-ice saucer pass to the Captain to put Lethbridge back in front 3-2. Later in the period, Jordy Bellerive beat Brown with a shot from a knee along the ice to give the ‘Canes their second two-goal lead of the night. Hurricanes outshot the Pats 14-7 in the middle frame and led the game 4-2 after forty minutes.

The Pats took over in the third period as they outshot the Hurricanes 22-10 in the final twenty minutes. Regina scored to cut the lead in half as Adam Brooks scored his 14th goal of the season five minutes into the third period to make it a 4-3 game. Just 6:07 later, the Pats would tie the game as Jake Leschyshyn scored his 12th of the year to make it a 4-4 tie. Hurricanes continued to bend in the late stages of the third period but were able to hold to force overtime in a large part due to strong goaltending by Skinner to keep it tied.

In the overtime period, each team was credited with two shots on goal but the most important one was that of Brennan Menell who jammed home a puck on a goal mouth scramble 3:12 into the extra frame to give the Hurricanes a 5-4 overtime win over the Pats.

The final shots in the game favoured the Pats 46-33. ‘Canes went 1/6 on the power play and 2/2 on the penalty kill – ‘Canes have now killed off 15 straight penalties while not allowing a power play goal against in their last five games.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – 1 goal, 2 assists
2) Pats – #23 Sam Steel – 2 goals
3) ‘Canes – #19 Ryan Bowen – 1 goal, 2 assists

The win for the Hurricanes improves their record to 8-0-1-0 in their last nine games and 15-11-2-2 overall on the season.  The ‘Canes are now 9-5-1-0 on home ice this season.

The Hurricanes are back in action on Friday when they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first of a three-in-three weekend. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.

(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Pats

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


‘Canes vs. Pats in 2015/16: 0-2-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: October 18th/2016 (6-1 Pats in Regina)

‘Canes Record: 14-11-2-2
‘Canes Home Record: 8-5-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 6-6-1-2

Pats Record: 20-2-4-0
Pats Home Record: 
Pats Road Record: 10-2-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Tyler Wong (19G, 15A, 34P)
Pats Leading Scorer: Adam Brooks (13G, 33A, 46P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue their busy schedule tonight as they welcome the Regina Pats at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

The Hurricanes (14-11-2-2) are coming off a 6-4 victory Monday night in Edmonton against the Oil Kings. The win improved the ‘Canes record to 7-0-1-0 in their last eight games and pulled them into a second-place tie in the Central Division.

The Pats (20-2-4-0) are coming off a 5-4 overtime victory last night in Kootenay over the Ice. Regina has posted a 4-0-1-0 record in their last five games and are tied with the Everett Silvertips for top spot in the entire Western Hockey League.

Tonight is the KiSS 107.7 Toy Mountain night at the ENMAX Centre. It is encouraged that fans bring a new and unwrapped toy to the game for the annual toy drive.

Tonight is the third of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Pats, Regina took the first two match ups in October. Tickets are still available for tonight and can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Keep On Rolling, Rolling, Rolling: The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued to roll this weekend. The team had their season-long six game winning streak snapped on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime loss in Red Deer but the ‘Canes jumped back in the win column on Monday night with a 6-4 win at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The Hurricanes are now 7-0-1-0 in their last eight games.

Giorgi-OH-so-Wonderful: Buffalo Sabres draft pick Giorgio Estephan is on a tear. The fourth year veteran enters play tonight on a season-high seven game point streak. In that span, Estephan has racked up 14 points (8g-6a). He also has goals in five straight games picking up seven tallies.

Regina Point of View

They’re OK: Understatement of the year, perhaps? Yeah, the Regina Pats are OK. In fact, the Pats are REALLY darn good. Regina is off to one of their best starts ever. Entering a Tuesday match-up with the Kootenay Ice, the Pats had a 19-2-4-0 record while scoring 140 goals (an average of 5.60 per game).

Reigning WHL Player of the Week: Pats defenseman Sergey Zborovskiy was named last week’s WHL Player of the Week. The Russian rear-guard had nine points (3g-6a) in two games on the weekend. That included a seven point effort on Saturday against the Prince Albert Raiders.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes at Oil Kings

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WhoLethbridge Hurricanes at Edmonton Oil Kings
Where: Rogers Place
When: 7:00pm puck drop
Listen: 106.7 ROCK
Watch: WHL Live


‘Canes vs. Oil Kings in 2015/16: 4-1-1-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: March 13th/2016 (4-3 Oil Kings in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 13-11-2-2
‘Canes Home Record: 8-5-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 5-6-1-2

Oil Kings Record: 13-13-2-0
Oil Kings Home Record: 
Oil Kings Road Record: 8-6-1-0

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (11G, 20A, 31P) & Tyler Wong (18G, 13A, 31P)
Oil Kings Leading Scorer: Lane Bauer (18G, 11A, 29P) & Aaron Irving (8G, 21A, 29P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to begin a new winning streak tonight as they visit the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7:00pm at the new Rogers Place.

The Hurricanes (13-11-2-2) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss on Saturday night in Red Deer the ended a six game winning streak. The ‘Canes are 6-0-1-0 in their last seven games and sit two points back of the Rebels for second place in the Central Division.

The Oil Kings (13-13-2-0) are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night at home. Edmonton currently sits fourth in the Central Division two points behind the Hurricanes for third place. The OK’s have won three straight games entering play tonight.

It’s the first of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Oil Kings. The ‘Canes posted a 4-1-1-0 record against Edmonton in 2015-2016, but the Oil Kings earned a 4-3 win in the last meeting on March 13th.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

Streak Snapped: The Hurricanes had their season-long six game winning streak come to an end on Saturday night when they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Red Deer Rebels. The ‘Canes are 6-0-1-0 in their last seven games and will look to start a new winning streak tonight in Edmonton.

Skinner Sensational at Home: Stuart Skinner has been outstanding in his career against his hometown Edmonton Oil Kings. In 11 career games against the OK’s, Skinner has posted a 6-3-2-0 record with a 2.71 goals against average and a .934 save percentage with one shutout. He is 4-1-1-0 in Edmonton in his career with a 2.47 GAA and an impressive .942 SV %.

Edmonton Point of View

OA D-Man: Aaron Irving is having a great start to his overage season. In the first 28 games of the season, the former Nashville Predators draft pick has scored 29 points (8g-21a). The right-hand shot rearguard shares the lead in team assists.

Under .500 at Home: The Oil Kings enter play tonight with a 13-13-2-0 record on the season. Edmonton has posted a strong 8-6-1-0 record on the road and a 5-7-1-0 record at home. Least to say, you can bet they want to start to improve their record at Rogers Place.

Hurricanes Drop Back Half of Home and Home

nagel-franklin-joseph-celebrationThe Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a two-game road trip on Saturday in Red Deer in the second of a back-to-back, home-and-home set with the Rebels as the ‘Canes dropped a 3-2 overtime decision.

The Rebels and Hurricanes played an entertaining first period with countless chances for both sides. Stuart Skinner was sharp early making a handful of great saves to keep the game scoreless. The Hurricanes had some good looks but missed the net. The Rebels opened the scoring at the 14:27 mark as Adam Musil tipped home a centering pass from Colton Bobyk to make it 1-0 Red Deer. The Rebels outshot the Hurricanes 8-5 in the first period and held the 1-0 lead after twenty minutes of play.

The Hurricanes had a lot of zone time in the second period and some great opportunities but the team continued to miss the net with their shots including a Tyler Wong breakaway that went wide of the goal. The Rebels added to their lead as Musil potted his second of the game at the 11:42 mark to make it 2-0 Rebels. Hurricanes were outshot 10-7 in the second period and 18-12 through two periods.

The Rebels took a late penalty in the second period that carried over to the third period and the Hurricanes struck early to get within one as Tanner Nagel scored his third of the season on a backdoor feed from Brennan Menell just 21 seconds into the period – Wong earned the second assist to get the ‘Canes within one. The Hurricanes continued to press to tie the game and they eventually broke through as Giorgio Estephan netted a game tying goal to make it 2-2 with 2:31 left in the third period.

The game went to overtime and after a great chance early in the extra frame, Brandon Hagel made good on a second opportunity as he beat Skinner over the glove on a one-timer 1:50 into the overtime period earning a 3-2 victory of the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes were outshot 30-24 in the game. The ‘Canes went 1/4 on the power play while the Rebels were 0/3.

Three stars in the game were:
1) Rebels – #25 Adam Musil – 2 goals
2) Rebels – #22 Brandon Hagel – 1 goal
3) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – 2 assists

The Hurricanes six game winning streak was ended with the 3-2 overtime loss. The ‘Canes record falls to 13-11-2-2 on the season.

The Hurricanes return to action on Monday as they wrap up the two-game road trip in Edmonton against the Oil Kings at Rogers Place at 7:00pm.

GAME DAY: ‘Canes vs. Rebels

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


‘Canes vs. Rebels in 2016/17: 1-0-0-0
Last Regular Season Meeting: October 29th/2016 (6-1 Hurricanes in Lethbridge)

‘Canes Record: 12-11-1-2
‘Canes Home Record: 7-5-1-0
‘Canes Road Record: 5-6-0-2

Rebels Record: 13-11-2-2
Rebels Home Record: 
Rebels Road Record: 5-7-1-2

‘Canes Leading Scorer: Ryley Lindgren (11G, 19A, 30P)
Rebels Leading Scorer: Simon Stansky (8G, 14A, 22P)

The Break Down

The Lethbridge Hurricanes host the Red Deer Rebels tonight at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm in the 21st Annual Canadian Tire Toque and Teddy Toss.

The Hurricanes (12-11-1-2) enter play tonight on a five game winning streak after earning a 5-1 victory on Wednesday over the Prince Albert Raiders. The Hurricanes have outscored their opposition 21-10 in the five games. The ‘Canes have defeated the Rebels in eight of the last nine meetings dating back to 2015.

The Rebels (13-11-2-2) come in after a 4-3 overtime victory on Wednesday at home to the Saskatoon Blades. Adam Musil, the Rebels Captain, scored twice including the overtime winner in that game. Red Deer currently sits second in the Central Division with 28 points; three points up on the ‘Canes who have two games in hand.

Tonight will be the second of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Rebels. The ‘Canes earned a 6-1 victory over Red Deer on October 29th in their lone meeting so far this season.

Fans are encouraged to bring a Teddy or Toque to toss on the ice when the Hurricanes score their first goal of the game. It is requested that bears and toques be wrapped in a plastic bag for sanitary and health purposes. The team also encourages fans to be in their seats by 6:50 to ensure that all bears are tossed on the ice in case the goal is scored early in the game.

What To Watch

Lethbridge Point of View

My Pick: It’s always interesting leading up to the Teddy Bear Toss game to speculate who’ll score the all-important first goal. Last year Cory Millette sent the bears flying, my guess this season is that 17-year-old Jordy Bellerive will score the Teddy goal. Mark it down!

Gone Streakin’: The Hurricanes are in the midst of their longest winning streak of the season at five games. The ‘Canes have reeled off five straight victories, three of which on the road, to claw back to five-hundred on the season. It’s the first time since October 18th the Hurricanes have had an above five-hundred record. They enter tonight 12-11-1-2 on the year.

Red Deer Point of View

Rebel-Yell: All the Rebels do is likely yell about the struggles they’ve had against the Hurricanes in recent season. The ‘Canes earned a 6-1 win over the Rebels in their only meeting this season. Lethbridge has won eight of the last nine match ups dating back to 2015.

500: After a strong start to the season, the Rebels have slipped back to the pack as they enter play tonight 13-11-2-2 on the season. The Rebels are coming off a 4-3 overtime victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday night and sit with a 4-4-1-1 record in their last ten games.