Canes vs. Giants – Preview

The Lethbridge Hurricanes and Vancouver Giants are meeting for the 2nd time this season with Vancouver winning in a shootout 4-3 back on October 30th. The Hurricanes enter the game sitting 5th in the East Conference with 46 points and are 5-4-0-1 in their last 10 games, while Vancouver is last in the West and is closing out their 5 game Eastern road swing in Lethbridge tonight. The Giants have dropped their last 3 games (including a 4-0 shutout to Medicine Hat last night) and are just 2 and 8 in their last 10 games. Against Vancouver this year, the Hurricanes are led by Russ Maxwell who has (1G, 2A) 3 points. The Canes and Giants will close out their 3 game season series in Vancouver on March 1st.

2012 – 2013 Matchup:

October 30th – Hurricanes (3) Giants (4) / OT


Powerplay: Hurricanes (0/5) Giants (0/4)

Shots on Goal: Hurricanes (29) Giants (37)


2012 – 2013 Stats Leaders:

Points (38), PPGs (9) – Russell Maxwell    

Goals (23), PIMs (104) – Jaimen Yakubowski

Assists (25) – Daniel Johnston                     

Rookie Points Leader (24) – Axel Blomqvist

Plus/Minus (+10) – Lenny Hackman, Reid Duke


Overall Powerplay: 39/212 (18.4%)           Home Powerplay: 26/142 (18.3%)

Overall Penalty Kill: 37/181 (79.6%)         Home Penalty Kill: 21/109 (80.7%)


Division Comparison:

Central: 6-7-0-3 East: 11-8-0-1 BC: 3-1-1-1 US: 0-2-0-0

Hot Hand:

2 game pt. streak: Dan Johnston, Sam McKechnie (1G, 1A each), Joel Topping, Adam Henry (2A each), Dan Johnston (1G, 1A). Last 10 games: Sam McKechenie 4G, 8A (12 points) Brady Ramsay 5G, 5A (10 pts)

Did you Know: Dan Johnston is the top scoring defencemanin the East Conference with 33 points in 41 games. Axel Blomqvist is theWHL’s rookie assists leader with 21 helpers. Sam McKechnie is tied for the league lead with 6 game winning goals.


Hurricanes Leading Scorers:                                       Giants Leading Scorers:

Russ Maxwell: 18G, 20A – 38 points                      Jackson Houck: 10G, 25A – 35 points

Jaimen Yakubowski: 23G, 13A – 36 points            Trevor Cheek: 18G, 15A – 33 points

Sam McKechnie: 19G, 15A – 34 points                  Brett Kula: 8G, 17A – 25 points

Daniel Johnston: 8G, 25A – 33 points                    Marek Tvrdon: 8G, 14A – 22 points

Trade winds:Four days before the WHL’s Jan. 10th trade deadline, the team shipped former 1st round draft pick Jay Merkley to Swift Current for Josh Derko and a 3rd rounder in 2014. With the trade, the Canes add size and physicality to their lineup.  Derko will wear number #28.

Ahead of tonight’s game, the Canes also swung another deal adding 18-year old, 6’4, 207 lb defenceman Mike Simpson to their lineup. Simpson has spent the last two seasons with the Kootenay Ice and is expected to be with the team in time for practice on Thursday, January 10th.

Milestone Watch:

Russ Maxwell: 6 points shy of 100 for his career. Graham Hood: 15 games shy of 300 for his career

Ty Rimmer surpassed the 1000 save mark this season on December 7th. He was the first CHL goalie to 1,000 and the first to 500 back on October 27th Rimmer surpassed 3,000 saves (regular season) for his career. His 29 saves vs. Regina on October 26th gave him 3,003 for his career.  Christopher Tai posted his 1st career WHL win on November 28th vs. Prince Albert in just his 2nd career start.

Graham Hood hit the 100 career point milestone with 1 assist vs. Kootenay on September 29th.

Brady Ramsay recorded his 50th career point vs. Kamloops on October 19th, 2012.

Russ Maxwell played in his 150th career game on October 17th vs. Brandon.

Connor Sutton, Tyler Wong, Ryan Pilon, Remi Laurencelle, Axel Blomqvist, have all scored their first career WHL goals this season.

Lenny Hackman and Joel Topping have all recorded their first career WHL points as well this season.

Back from U17’s: Canes Rookie Forward Reid Duke (Team Pacific) and Ryan Pilon (Team West) rejoined the team on January 6th after competing at the World Under-17 Challenge. Canes prospect Kolten Olynek joined Pilon on Team West and has returned to the Saskatoon Contacts of the SMAAAHL. Pilon (who was Captain of Team West) finished with 2A in 5 games, while Olynek had 3G, 2A and Duke had 2G, 2A. Team West finished 9th while Team Pacific claimed 5th.

Next up:  The Hurricanes visit the Edmonton Oil Kings Friday, January 11th. Game time is 7:00pm with the pregame show on 94.1 CJOC with Pat Siedlecki starting at 6:30pm. 

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