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GAME DAY: Hurricanes Look to End Losing Streak Against Pats

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will play the final of a three-game home stand tonight when they welcome the Regina Pats at 7:00pm to the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes (2-3-0-1) are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss on Saturday to the Saskatoon Blades at home. It was the ‘Canes third straight loss on home ice to start the season and sixth straight regular season loss at the ENMAX Centre. Keltie Jeri-Leon and Logan Barlage scored in the defeat while Reece Klassen made 34 saves in the losing cause.

The Pats (1-5-0-0) were defeated 7-3 by the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday at home. Austin Pratt, Nick Henry and Scott Mahovlich scored the goals in the losing cause. It was the third time this season the Pats have surrendered seven or more goals in a game. Regina’s lone win came against the Swift Current Broncos last Friday.

Tonight will be the second of four meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Pats. Lethbridge earned an 8-4 win on September 28th at the Brandt Centre in the first meeting.

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

VS. PATS: Tonight will be the second of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Pats. The ‘Canes earned an 8-4 win on September 28th in Regina in the lone meeting thus far. Dylan Cozens had three goals and one assist in that victory.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES:                                                          TOP 5 HURRICANES SCORERS
September 28th/2018 – at Regina (8-4 LET)                                  Dylan Cozens – 5G, 7A – 12 points
October 10th/2018 – at Lethbridge                                                   Taylor Ross – 4G, 4A – 8 points
February 5th/2019 – at Lethbridge                                                    Jordy Bellerive – 3G, 5A – 8 points
March 2nd/2019 – at Regina                                                               Calen Addison – 1G, 5A – 6 points
Jackson Shepard – 0G, 5A – 5 points
2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (5) – Dylan Cozens                                                 Assists (7) – Dylan Cozens
Points (12) – Dylan Cozens
PIMS (9) – Jackson Shepard & Nolan Jones                 Plus/Minus (+4) – Igor Merezhko & Danila Palivko
Wins (2) – Reece Klassen                                                 Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.901) – Reece Klassen                                       Goals Against Average (3.15) – Reece Klassen

WHO’S HOT:
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 5 of 6 games (3g-5a)
– Dylan Cozens has points in 8 straight games going back to last year (5g-9a); goals in 3 of 5 games (5g)
– Taylor Ross has points in 5 of 6 games (4g-4a); goals in 4 of 5 games (4g)
– Jackson Shepard has points in 4 of 6 games (5a)
– Keltie Jeri-Leon has points in 4 of 5 games (2g-2a)
– Jake Elmer has points in 4 of 5 games (3g-2a); has goals in 3 of 5 games (3g)
– Logan Barlage has points in 3 of 5 games (2g-1a)
– Calen Addison has points in 2 of 4 games (5a); in 3 of 6 games (1g-5a)
– Danila Palivko has points in 2 of 4 games (2a)
– Reece Klassen has won 2 of 4 starts

MILESTONE WATCH:
– Calen Addison is 9 games away from 150 career games
– Calen Addison is 17 assists away from 100 career assists
– Ty Prefontaine is 29 games away from 150 career games
– Taylor Ross is 29 games away from 200 career games
– Taylor Ross is 26 points away from 100 career points
– Ty Kolle is 21 games away from 100 career games
– Jordy Bellerive is 13 goals away from 100 career goals
– Jordy Bellerive is 8 points away from 200 career points
– Jake Elmer is 8 games away from 150 career games
– Logan Barlage is 19 games away from 100 career games
– Koletrane Wilson is 34 games away from 100 career games

NEWS & NOTES:

Six Thru: The ‘Canes have opened the 2018-2019 regular season with a 2-3-0-1 record after six games. The ‘Canes have earned wins against the Medicine Hat Tigers and Regina Pats while falling to the Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings and Prince Albert Raiders. After six games last year, the ‘Canes were 3-3-0-0.

Eastern Opponents: The ‘Canes are in a stretch where they play five straight games against East Division opponents. The Hurricanes have posted a 1-2-0-1 record thus far in that stretch with a win over the Pats and losses to the Wheat Kings and Raiders with a shootout loss to the Blades. Lethbridge was 8-14-2-0 against the East Division last year.

Tradsies: On October 3rd, the Hurricanes acquired forward Ty Kolle from the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for a fifth round draft pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. Kolle, who hails from Kamloops, has appeared in 77 WHL games with the Portland Winterhawks collecting 18 points (7g-11a).

Roster Trimming: Last week, the Hurricanes waived overage defenseman Matthew Stanley who was claimed by the Swift Current Broncos before their traded forward Owen Blocker back to the Broncos for an eighth round draft pick in 2019. The ‘Canes also put import goaltender Akira Schmid on waivers on Oct. 1st and re-assigned defenseman Tyler Lowe on October 5th.

Home Cooking: The Hurricanes begin a stretch where they will play seven of their next nine games at the ENMAX Centre. The ‘Canes have posted an impressive 72-29-6-3 regular season record over the last four seasons. The ‘Canes are 0-2-0-1 so far this year and are 0-5-0-1 in their last six regular season games at home dating back to last season.

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 together for the ‘Canes since Axel and Albin Blomqvist in 2012-13. Adam was born before Justin, by just two minutes.

Great Experience: Three Hurricanes players attended NHL Training Camps. 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.

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