GAME DAY: Hurricanes Head to Swift Current
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes travel to Swift Current tonight to take on the high-flying Broncos at 7:00pm.
The Hurricanes (3-2-0-0) are coming off a 4-1 victory on Friday night over the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre. Four different goal scorers lit the lamp for the ‘Canes in the win as Calen Addison, Tanner Nagel, Jayden Davis and Giorgio Estephan found the net. Stuart Skinner made 35 saves and was named the game’s first star helping the Hurricanes improve to 3-0-0-0 on home ice this season.
The Broncos (6-0-0-0) are one of only two undefeated teams remaining in the Western Hockey League joining the Victoria Royals as the only other team yet to lose a game. Swift Current is coming off a 4-3 victory on Sunday over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Tyler Steenbergen has led the way for the Broncos having scored 13 goals in just six outings.
Tonight will be the first of four meetings this season between the ‘Canes and Broncos and the first of three in the next month. The Hurricanes posted a 3-1-0-0 record against Swift Current last season.
Listen to the game on 106.7 ROCK beginning at 6:45pm with the pre-game show with Dustin Forbes.
2017-2018 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (4) – Jack Flaman Assists (6) – Giorgio Estephan
Points (8) – Giorgio Estephan
PIMS (13) – Brady Pouteau Plus/Minus (+6) – Igor Merehko
Wins (3) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.919) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (2.82) – Stuart Skinner
2017-2018 PRE-SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (3) – Ryan Vandervlis Assists (3) – Four Players
Points (4) – Four Players
PIMS (14) – Jadon Joseph Plus/Minus (+3) – Tanner Nagel & Shawn Harke
Wins (1) – Adam Swan Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.906) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (3.18) – Stuart Skinner
2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (51) – Tyler Wong Assists (59) – Brennan Menell
Points (109) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (103) – Zane Franklin Plus/Minus (+29) – Tyler Wong
Wins (34) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (2) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.905) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (3.26) – Stuart Skinner
– Brennan Riddle is 18 games away from 200 career games
– Kyle Yewchuk is 2 games away from 100 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 37 games away from 300 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 3 points away from 250 career points
– Jordy Bellerive is 10 games away from 150 career games
– Jordy Bellerive is 3 points away from 100 career points
– Ryan Vandervlis is 6 games away from 150 career games
– Jadon Joseph is 29 games away from 100 career games
– Zane Franklin is 25 games away from 100 career games
– Stuart Skinner is 23 wins away from 100 career victories
– Brent Kisio is 11 wins away from 100 career victories
NEWS & NOTES:
El Capitano: The Hurricanes announced that five-year veteran Giorgio Estephan has been named the 25th Captain in franchise history, succeeding Tyler Wong. The team named Jordy Bellerive, Tanner Nagel and Ryan Vandervlis as Alternate Captains.
Big Deal: On Wednesday, September 27th the Hurricanes acquired overage defenseman Tate Olson from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for a 2018 third round draft pick. Olson, who was a Vancouver Canucks draft pick in 2015, has played in 252 career WHL games. He is sidelined until November after undergoing off-season surgery.
Additions & Subtractions: The ‘Canes added overage forward Jack Flaman and 1999-born forward Zach Cox while releasing 1999-born forward Connor Lyons. Flaman, who played for the Vancouver Giants last year, joins the ‘Canes from the Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL. Cox comes to the ‘Canes also from the SJHL where he started the year with the Nipawin Hawks.
Addison Gold/Pre-Draft Rankings: ‘Canes defenseman Calen Addison was ranked as a ‘B’ skater on the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ List. The sophomore recorded 33 points as a 16-year-old last season. Addison, along with ‘Canes head coach Brent Kisio, won a Gold medal at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Tournament in Slovakia in August.
Menell Signs: Hurricanes defenseman Brennan Menell has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild. Menell, who is from Woodbury, Minnesota, was invited to camp on a try-out. He appeared in one pre-season game for the Wild recording one assist against the Colorado Avalanche.
Elmer Trade: The ‘Canes announced on September 18th that they had acquired 19-year-old forward Jake Elmer and a fifth round draft pick from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for overage forward Alec Baer. Elmer registered one goal in five pre-season contests with the Ice this season.
Belly-Inked: Hurricanes forward Jordy Bellerive signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, September 16th. Bellerive was undrafted in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft but was invited to camp by the Penguins. He played in one exhibition game with the Penguins before being re-assigned.
Stuey Back: On Sunday, September 17th the Edmonton Oilers re-assigned Stuart Skinner back to the ‘Canes. Skinner, who hails from Edmonton, was drafted by his hometown Oilers in the third round (78th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. He appeared in one game in the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton.
Home Sweet Home: The Hurricanes have been one of the best teams on home ice over the last two seasons. The ‘Canes have posted an impressive 53-15-2-2 record at the ENMAX Centre the last two regular seasons (a winning percentage of .736%). The ‘Canes are 3-0-0-0 to start the new season.