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GAME DAY: Hurricanes Host Red Hot Giants

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue their four game homestand tonight at 7:00pm as they welcome the Vancouver Giants to the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes (17-17-3-0) are coming off a convincing 7-0 victory on Tuesday over the Kootenay Ice. Giorgio Estephan collected four points (1g-3a) in the win while Jordy Bellerive scored twice. Stuart Skinner made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and tenth career to surpass Logan Koopmans for the all-time franchise lead. The ‘Canes sit third in the Central Division, two points back of the Kootenay Ice and are 11-6-2-0 on home ice this season.

The Giants (21-14-3-2) earned a 4-3 shootout victory on Wednesday in Edmonton over the Oil Kings in the first of a five game road trip. Tyler Ho and Dylan Plouffe each had two points in the win for the Giants against the Oil Kings while Ho added the shootout winner. Vancouver sits second in the BC Division with 47 points, four back of the Kelowna Rockets. The Giants are 8-1-1-0 in their last ten games.

Tonight will be the only visit the Giants will make to Lethbridge this year and will be the final of two meetings this year; the ‘Canes earned a 5-2 win in their prior visit in November at the Langley Events Centre.

Tickets for tonight’s game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

2017-2018 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (22) – Jordy Bellerive                                              Assists (39) – Giorgio Estephan
Points (56) – Giorgio Estephan
PIMS (55) – Lane Zablocki                                                                Plus/Minus (+10) – Three Players
Wins (14) – Stuart Skinner                                                 Shutouts (3) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.902) – Stuart Skinner                                        Goals Against Average (3.24) – Stuart Skinner

WHO’S HOT:
– Calen Addison has points in 5 straight games (8a); 7 of 9 games (1g-10a); 16 of 23 games (4g-26a)
– Giorgio Estephan has points in 5 straight games (3g-7a); 10 of 12 games (5g-19a); 17 of 25 (13g-27a)
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 5 straight games (5g-4a); 9 of 12 games (7g-9a); 28 of 35 (21g-26a)
– Egor Zudilov has points in 3 straight games (1g-2a); 4 of 5 games (1g-3a); 6 of 9 games (2g-4a)
– Jadon Joseph has points in 3 straight games (1g-3a); 5 of 9 games (2g-4a)
– Lane Zablocki has points in 4 of 5 games (2g-3a); 7 of 12 games (4g-5a)
– Dylan Cozens has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-1a); 4 of 8 games (3g-2a); 19 of 29 games (10g-15a)
– Jake Elmer has points in 5 of 9 games (5g-2a); 6 of 12 games (7g-2a)
– Taylor Ross has points in 3 of 5 games (3g-4a); 7 of 11 games (7g-5a)
– Igor Merezhko has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-2a); 3 of 5 games (1g-3a); 7 of 11 games (2g-6a)
– Zane Franklin has points in 5 of 11 games (2g-4a); 8 of 16 games (4g-6a); 10 of 21 games (5g-7a)

2017-2018 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
– Giorgio Estephan is tied 10th in WHL Scoring with 56 points & tied for 5th in WHL Assists with 39
– Giorgio Estephan is tied 5th in WHL Power Play Goals with 11 & 12th in WHL Power Play Assists with 15
– Calen Addison is tied 3rd in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 43 points & tied 2nd in WHL PP Assists with 25
– Calen Addison is 8th in WHL Assists with 36
– Jordy Bellerive is tied 20th in WHL Scoring with 49 points & is tied 14th in WHL Goals with 22
– Jordy Bellerive is tied 5th in WHL Power Play Goals with 11 & tied 12th in WHL Power Play Assists with 15
– Dylan Cozens is tied 3rd in WHL Rookie Scoring with 26 points & tied 3rd in WHL Rookie Goals with 11
– Stuart Skinner is 9th in WHL Minutes by a Goaltender with 1648 & tied 9th in Games Played with 29
– Stuart Skinner is 6th in WHL Shots Faced with 912 & 7th in WHL Saves by a Goaltender with 823
– Stuart Skinner is tied 7th in WHL Wins with 14 & tied 3rd in WHL Losses with 13 & 2nd in shutouts with 4

MILESTONE WATCH:
– Tate Olson is 6 assists away from 100 career assists
– Giorgio Estephan is 5 games away from 300 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 5 points away from 300 career points
– Jordy Bellerive is 9 points away from 150 career points
– Tanner Nagel is 7 games away from 150 career games
– Jadon Joseph is 6 games away from 100 career games
NEWS & NOTES:
Busy Second Half:
The Hurricanes face a busy second half of the season ahead of them as they will play 39 post-Christmas break games including 19 divisional games. The ‘Canes will skate in the 39 games in 81 days. The ‘Canes posted a 15-16-2-0 record in 33 games before the Christmas break.

Inching to 300: Giorgio Estephan enters tonight just five games shy of 300 career games and five points back of 300 career points. Estephan has 295 points (118g-177a) in 295 career games. Estephan sits 5th all-time in games played by a Hurricane and 8th all-time in career points. He is also 4th all-time in career assists.

Divisional Play: The Hurricanes are in a stretch where they play eight of nine games against Central Division opponents. The ‘Canes will face Medicine Hat, Calgary, Red Deer and Kootenay each twice in this span. The ‘Canes have posted a 10-5-2-0 record within the division so far this year.

All-Time Leader: On January 2nd, Stuart Skinner became the all-time franchise leader in career shutouts as he surpassed Logan Koopmans with a 20-save shutout over the Kootenay Ice for his 10th career goose-egg. Skinner is also the ‘Canes all-time leader in games played by a goaltender (180) and saves (5285).

Top Prospect: On December 13th, defenseman Calen Addison was named to the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. It will be the second straight year a ‘Canes player will attend the game after Stuart Skinner suited up for Team Cherry in 2017. Addison is one of nine WHL players named to the game that will take place January 25th in Guelph, Ontario.

Win Some, Lose Some: The ‘Canes are coming off a 7-0 win over the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday. The ‘Canes have posted a 3-1-1-0 record in their last five games after a snapping a four game losing streak. The ‘Canes had posted a 7-1-0-0 record in their previous eight game prior to that. That was preceded by an eight game losing streak. The ‘Canes are 17-17-3-0 on the season.

Century Mark: Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio earned his 100th WHL victory behind the bench on Saturday, December 2nd with a 4-1 win over the Victoria Royals becoming just the fifth coach in ‘Canes history to reach the 100-win plateau. Kisio, who has 105 victories, is eight wins behind Mike Dyck for third all-time in franchise history. Bryan Maxwell leads all coaches with 188 career victories.

Strong Special Teams: The ‘Canes have surrendered just eight power play goals against in their last 13 games and have killed off 39 of 47 penalties (83%) dating back to November 28th. Over their last five games, the ‘Canes power play has converted at a clip of 52.9% going 9 for 17 on the man advantage.

Sweet-16: Dylan is having a nice rookie season having scored 26 points (11g-15a) in 32 games. Cozens, who was drafted 19th overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, has 35 points (15g-20a) in 47 career WHL games, regular season and playoffs combined.

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