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GAME DAY: Hurricanes Face Rebels on WHL on SHAW

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to continue their roll tonight as they travel to face the Red Deer Rebels at the ENMAX Centrium at 7:00pm on the WHL on SHAW.

The Hurricanes (29-15-4-3) enter having picked up their fifth straight victory last night at the ENMAX Centre as they earned a come-from-behind 4-3 shootout victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings. Giorgio Estephan scored the shootout winner while Ryan Gilchrist made 31 saves, stopped all three shootout shooters and chipped in with an assist on the game-tying goal in the game. The ‘Canes sit second in the Central Division.

The Rebels (22-21-4-3) enter play after being handed a 4-1 loss on Saturday at home to the Regina Pats. The Rebels are a different team since the last time the ‘Canes saw them after they traded Josh Mahura to the Pats and acquired Dawson Barteaux and Lane Zablocki. Red Deer enters third in the Central Division.

Tonight is the fifth of six meetings between the Hurricanes and Rebels, the ‘Canes have posted a 3-0-1-0 record against Red Deer this season but the home team has won all four games. The ‘Canes are 8-1-1-0 in their last ten head-to-head meetings dating back two seasons.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES:                                                          HURRICANE TOP 5 SCORERS
October 29th/2016 – at Lethbridge (6-1 Hurricanes)                     Tyler Wong – 36G, 35A – 71 points
December 2nd/2016 – at Lethbridge (5-3 Hurricanes)                 Giorgio Estephan – 24G, 35A – 59 points
December 3rd/2016 – at Red Deer (3-2 OT Rebels)                     Zak Zborosky – 32G, 25A – 57 points
January 7th/2017 – at Lethbridge (3-1 Hurricanes)                       Brennan Menell – 9G, 36A – 45 points
February 1st/2017 – at Red Deer                                                      Jordy Bellerive – 23G, 21A – 44 points
February 8th/2017 – at Red Deer

2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (36) – Tyler Wong                                                    Assists (36) – Brennan Menell
Points (71) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (64) – Igor Merezhko                                                Plus/Minus (+13) – Tyler Wong
Wins (24) – Stuart Skinner                                                 Shutouts (1) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.903) – Stuart Skinner                                        Goals Against Average (3.33) – Stuart Skinner

WHO’S HOT:
– Zak Zborosky has points in 7 straight games (3g-8a); 11 of 14 games (9g-11a); 16 of 21 games (12g-17a)
– Ryan Bowen has points in 6 of 7 games (1g-6a); 9 of 11 games (2g-9a)
– Brennan Menell has points in 10 of 11 games (3g-12a); 14 of 16 games (3g-18a)
– Giorgio Estephan has points in 9 of 11 games (3g-12a); 24 of 29 games (16g-27a)
– Igor Merezhko has points in 4 of 6 games (4a); 8 of 13 games (2g-7a); 12 of 18 games (2g-12a)
– Tyler Wong has points in 9 of 11 games (11g-7a); 11 of 14 games (13g-12a); 21 of 27 games (23g-24a)
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 8 of 11 games (8g-4a); 10 of 15 games (10g-5a); 21 of 29 games (18g-16a)
– Egor Babenko has points 4 of 6 games (3g-3a); 9 of 12 games (6g-9a); 12 of 17 games (8g-11a)
– Matt Alfaro has points in 7 of 9 games (4g-6a); 10 of 13 games (5g-7a); 15 of 20 games (6g-16a)

2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE LEADERS:
– Tyler Wong is tied 3rd in WHL Goals with 36 & tied 5th in WHL Scoring with 71 points
– Tyler Wong is tied 4th in WHL PP Goals with 12 & tied 3rd in WHL Game Winning Goals with 6
– Giorgio Estephan is tied 12th in WHL Goals with 24 & is tied 12th in WHL Scoring with 59 points
– Zak Zborosky is tied 5th in WHL Goals with 32 & tied 5th in WHL Power Play Goals with 11
– Brennan Menell is tied 3rd in WHL PP Assists with 20 & 4th in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 45 points
– Calen Addison is tied 11th in WHL Rookie Scoring with 22 points (2nd among Rookie Defenseman Scoring)
– Calen Addison is tied 1st among 2000-born scorers in the WHL with 22 points
– Stuart Skinner is tied 2nd in Games Played (44); 5th in WHL Wins with 24 & tied 8th in WHL Losses with 13
– Stuart Skinner is 2nd in WHL Minutes by a Goalie (2469) & is 2nd in WHL Shots (1418) & 2nd Saves (1281)

MILESTONE WATCH:
– Tyler Wong is 4 games away from 300 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 10 goals away from 100 career goals
– Alec Baer is 1 game1 away from 250 career games
– Matt Alfaro is 3 games away from 250 career games
– Matt Alfaro is 14 assists away from 100 career assists
– Tanner Nagel is 11 games away from 100 career games
– Zak Zborosky is 4 games away from 250 career games
– Zak Zborosky is 4 assists away from 100 career assists
– Zak Zborosky is 10 goals away from 100 career goals
– Stuart Skinner is 5 games away from becoming to ‘Canes All-Time leader in Games Played by a Goalie

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