GAME DAY: Hurricanes Face Wheat Kings Tonight at 6:30pm
Brandon, MB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will complete a quick two game East Division road trip tonight as they visit the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westoba Place.
The Hurricanes (2-1-0-0) are coming off a convincing 8-4 win last night in Regina over the Pats. Dylan Cozens had a four point night, including a hat-trick, while Jordy Bellerive, Logan Barlage, Taylor Ross, Noah Boyko and Jake Elmer scored the others in the victory. The ‘Canes went 3/9 on the power play.
The Wheat Kings (2-0-0-0) were idle on Friday night as they haven’t played since last Saturday when they earned a 4-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on the road. Four different goal scorers lit the lamp for Brandon as Stelio Mattheos, Ridly Greig, Linden McCorrister and Luka Burzan tallied singles. Import goaltender Jiri Patera made 25 saves in the victory.
Tonight will be the first of four meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and the Wheaties and the first since Lethbridge eliminated Brandon last year in the second round of the WHL Playoffs.
The game can be heard on 106.7 ROCK starting at 6:10pm with the pre-game show or watched online at www.whllive.com.
WHEAT KINGS: Tonight will be the first of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Wheat Kings. The ‘Canes posted a 1-3-0-0 record last year during the regular season against Brandon, but eliminated them in five games in the second round of the WHL Playoffs. .
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: TOP 5 HURRICANES SCORERS
September 29th/2018 – at Brandon Dylan Cozens – 4G, 3A – 7 points
October 23rd/2018 – at Lethbridge Taylor Ross – 3G, 4A – 6 points
November 23rd/2018 – at Brandon Jordy Bellerive – 3G, 4A – 6 points
March 6th/2019 – at Lethbridge Jackson Shepard – 0G, 4A – 4 points
Calen Addison – 1G, 3A – 4 points
2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (4) – Dylan Cozens Assists (4) – Three Players
Points (7) – Dylan Cozens
PIMS (9) – Jackson Shepard Plus/Minus (+4) – Danila Palivko
Wins (2) – Reece Klassen Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.884) – Reece Klassen Goals Against Average (3.35) – Reece Klassen
2018 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (16) – Brad Morrison Assists (21) – Brad Morrison
Points (37) – Brad Morrison
PIMS (24) – Owen Blocker Plus/Minus (+14) – Tate Olson
Wins (10) – Logan Flodell Shutouts (2) – Logan Flodell
Save % (.906) – Logan Flodell Goals Against Average (2.79) – Logan Flodell
2017-2018 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (46) – Jordy Bellerive Assists (54) – Calen Addison
Points (92) – Jordy Bellerive
PIMS (103) – Matthew Stanley Plus/Minus (+18) – Ty Prefontaine
Wins (38) – Logan Flodell Shutouts (3) – Logan Flodell
Save % (.909) – Logan Flodell Goals Against Average (3.13) – Logan Flodell
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 5 straight games going back to last year (4g-4a)
– Dylan Cozens has points in 4 straight games going back to last year (4g-5a)
– Taylor Ross has points in 3 straight games (2g-4a)
– Jackson Shepard has points in 4 straight games (4a)
– Keltie Jeri-Leon has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a)
– Jake Elmer has points in 2 straight games (2g-1a)
– Logan Barlage has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a)
– Calen Addison is 12 games away from 150 career games
– Ty Prefontaine is 23 games away from 150 career games
– Jordy Bellerive is 14 goals away from 100 career goals
– Jordy Bellerive is 10 points away from 200 career points
– Jake Elmer is 11 games away from 150 career games
– Logan Barlage is 24 games away from 100 career games
NEWS & NOTES:
Ranked: The Hurricanes were ranked third on the CHL Top 10 Rankings heading into the 2018-2019 regular season. The ‘Canes stayed at Number 3 after the first week of the season. The Hurricanes are the top ranked WHL team, while the Spokane Chiefs (7th), Vancouver Giants (8th) and Saskatoon Blades (10th) were also ranked. The Prince Albert Raiders were an Honourable Mention.
Splitsies: The ‘Canes opened the 2018-2019 regular season with a split against the Medicine Hat Tigers on opening weekend. It’s the fourth straight season the Hurricanes have started 1-1-0-0 having split against the Tigers. The Hurricanes were outscored 7-6 in the two games.
Roster Trimming: On Tuesday, the Hurricanes waived overage defenseman Matthew Stanley who was then claimed by the Swift Current Broncos. Then on Wednesday, the ‘Canes traded forward Owen Blocker to the Broncos for an eighth round draft pick in 2019. Both Stanley and Blocker were acquired by the ‘Canes from Swift Current last January.
First Roadie: The Hurricanes make their first road trip of the season as they visit the Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings this weekend. The ‘Canes posted a 16-25-2-0 away from home last year, regular season and playoffs combined. So far this season, the ‘Canes are 2-0-0-0 on the road.
Seeing Double: The Hurricanes have twin brothers on their roster for the first time ever. Adam and Justin Hall were both drafted in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. They are the first brother tandem to suit up simultaneously for the Hurricanes since Axel and Albin Blomqvist in 2012-2013. Adam was born before Justin, by just two minutes.
Great Experience: Four Hurricanes players attended NHL Training Camps and Exhibition. Captain Jordy Bellerive and Calen Addison were with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both appeared in one pre-season game with the Penguins; Addison earned an assist in his lone appearance. Defenseman Igor Merezhko was with the Calgary Flames and goaltender Akira Schmid attended the New Jersey Devils camp.