Saskatoon, SK – The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a five game road trip tonight in Saskatoon as they face the Blades at the SaskTel Centre at 6:00pm Mountain Time.
The Hurricanes (41-17-4-3) are coming off a 5-2 win last night in Prince Albert over the Raiders. Matt Alfaro and Tyler Wong each had three points while Brennan Menell had a four assist night to lift the ‘Canes to the win. The victory was the ‘Canes fifth straight and improved their road record to 10-1-1-0 in their last 12 away from home. Lethbridge enters play second in the Central Division.
The Blades (25-31-6-2) handed the Kootenay Ice a 4-0 loss last night. The win for the Blades snapped a two game losing streak and improved their home ice record to 16-13-3-1 on the season. Logan Flodell made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season. The Blades enter in a tie with the Calgary Hitmen in points but hold down the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Tonight will be the final of four meetings between the Hurricanes and the Blades, Lethbridge has won two of the previous three meetings including a 3-1 victory in their last visit to Saskatoon.
Tune in to 106.7 ROCK starting with the pre-game show at 5:45pm with Dustin Forbes.
2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (48) – Tyler Wong Assists (54) – Brennan Menell
Points (97) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (87) – Zane Franklin Plus/Minus (+25) – Tyler Wong
Wins (32) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (2) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.907) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (3.17) – Stuart Skinner
– Tyler Wong has points in 9 straight games (9g-12a); 14 of 15 games (13g-13a); 34 of 41 games (35g-38a)
– Giorgio Estephan has points in 5 straight games (2g-4a); 12 of 14 games (4g-13a); 36 of 42 (20g-40a)
– Brennan Menell has points in 5 straight games (12a); 11 of 15 games (2g-19a); 23 of 30 games (5g-35a)
– Ryan Vandervlis has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-1a); 4 of 8 games (2g-2a)
– Matt Alfaro has points in 4 of 5 games (7g-1a); 7 of 9 games (10g-5a); 23 of 34 games (17g-21a)
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 5 of 9 games (2g-3a); 7 of 12 games (2g-5a); 28 of 43 games (20g-21a)
– Zak Zborosky has points in 6 of 9 games (6g-7a); 8 of 12 games (8g-8a); 24 of 35 games (20g-25a)
– Egor Babenko has points in 3 of 9 games (3g); 8 of 15 games (6g-5a); 19 of 31 games (13g-16a)
– Brady Pouteau has points in 3 of 9 games (4a)
– Brennan Riddle has points in 3 of 8 games (3a)
2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE LEADERS:
– Tyler Wong is tied 1st in WHL Goals with 48 & tied 3rd in WHL Scoring with 97 points
– Tyler Wong is tied 2nd in WHL PP Goals with 15 & tied 1st in WHL Game Winning Goals with 10
– Giorgio Estephan is tied 15th in WHL Goals with 28 & is tied 12th in WHL Scoring with 76 points
– Zak Zborosky is tied 4th in WHL Goals with 40 & tied 2nd in WHL Power Play Goals with 15
– Brennan Menell is tied 4th in WHL PP Assists with 26 & 3rd in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 65 points
– Calen Addison is tied 11th in WHL Rookie Scoring with 27 points (2nd among Rookie Defenseman Scoring)
– Calen Addison is 1st among 2000-born scorers in the WHL with 27 points
– Stuart Skinner is tied 2nd in Games Played (54); 3rd in WHL Wins with 32 & tied 8th in WHL Losses with 15
– Stuart Skinner is 4th in WHL Minutes by a Goalie (3065) & is 3rd in WHL Shots (1751) & 3rd Saves (1589)
– Tyler Wong is 4 assists away from 150 career assists
– Kyle Yewchuk has 9 games away from 100 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 5 goals away from 100 career goals
– Jordy Bellerive is 13 points away from 100 career points
– Matt Alfaro is 8 assists away from 100 career assists
– Zak Zborosky is 2 goals away from 100 career goals
– Stuart Skinner is 5 games away from 150 career games
NEWS & NOTES:
Playoff Bound: The Hurricanes clinched their second straight playoff spot on Wednesday, February 22nd becoming the third team in the WHL to clinch a playoff berth. The ‘Canes then clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 4-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on February 24th.
Gone Streakin’: The Hurricanes have earned at least a single point in 38 of their last 44 games. The ‘Canes are 34-6-3-1 in that stretch after a 5-2 OT win in Prince Albert on Friday. The ‘Canes have outscored their opponent 196-138 in their last 44 games. The ‘Canes have won 17 of their last 19 and have posted an impressive 21-2-1-1 record in their last 25 games.
40 Goal Club: On Friday, March 3rd, Zak Zborosky joined Tyler Wong in the 40 goal club for the Hurricanes. Entering play tonight, Wong leads the WHL with 48 goals while Zborosky has 40 on the season. It is the first time since 1999-2000 that the ‘Canes have had two 40-goal scorers in the same year. Nathan Barrett (44) and Radek Duda (42) were the two that had 40+ that season.
Home Sweet Home: The Hurricanes are one of the best home team in the WHL as they currently are tied for the most home victories this season with 23. The ‘Canes are 23-6-2-1 at the ENMAX Centre this season. In their last 21 home games, the ‘Canes are 18-1-1-1. Dating back to last season, the ‘Canes have won 51 of their last 68 regular season home games. The Hurricanes have been good on the road as well having won five straight away from home and have posted a 10-1-1-0 record in their last 12 on the road.
Oh Captain, My Captain: Hurricanes Captain Tyler Wong suited up in career game 300 on Friday, February 10th. He is just the fifth Hurricane in franchise history to play 300 or more games with the Hurricanes. The overager has racked up 82 points (39g-43a) in his last 47 games. Wong has 31 multi-point efforts in his last 47 games. He was named the WHL Player of the Month for December.
Stifling PK: Heading into tonight’s game, the Hurricanes have killed off their last 131 of their last 155 minor penalties while only allowing 24 power play goals against in their last 40 games. The ‘Canes PK has been killing at an 84.5% rate over that span. They have killed off 59 of the last 68 penalties against (86.8%).
All-Time Leader: On Sunday, December 11th against the Kelowna Rockets, Stuart Skinner became the Hurricanes All-Time Franchise leader in saves surpassing Darcy Austin’s previous record of 3,516 career saves set between 1990 and 1992. Skinner surpassed Logan Koopmans for the most games played (139) by a goaltender in franchise history on February 11th in Medicine Hat.