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GAME DAY: Hurricanes Visit Pats

Regina, SK – The Lethbridge Hurricanes make their first of two trips to Regina to face the Pats tonight at 7:00pm at the Brandt Centre.

The Hurricanes (1-1-0-0) are coming off a 4-2 victory in Medicine Hat over the Tigers last Saturday. Keltie Jeri-Leon, Taylor Ross, Dylan Cozens and Jake Elmer scored in that victory while Reece Klassen made 27 saves in the win. The ‘Canes went 0/5 on the power play but were a perfect 8/8 on the penalty kill.

The Pats (0-2-0-0) were swept by the Prince Albert Raiders on opening weekend. Regina was handed a 7-2 loss in their opener last Friday in Prince Albert before being handed a 3-1 loss in their home opener last Saturday. Aaron Hyman leads all Pats scorers with two goals.

Tonight will be the first of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Pats. Last year, the teams split the four game season series with the ‘Canes winning the first two before the Pats took the final two.

The game can be heard on 106.7 ROCK starting at 6:40pm with Dustin Forbes or watched on www.whllive.com.

PATS: Tonight will be the first of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Pats. The ‘Canes posted a 2-2-0-0 record against Regina last season as they earned a 2-0 win in Lethbridge and a 6-2 win in Regina.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES:                                                          TOP 5 HURRICANES SCORERS
September 28th/2018 – at Regina                                                    Taylor Ross – 1G, 3A – 4 points
October 10th/2018 – at Lethbridge                                                   Dylan Cozens – 1G, 2A – 3 points
February 5th/2019 – at Lethbridge                                                    Jordy Bellerive – 1G, 1A – 2 points
March 2nd/2019 – at Regina                                                               Jackson Shepard – 0G, 2A – 2 points
Calen Addison – 1G, 0A – 1 points
2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (1) – Six Players                                                       Assists (3) – Taylor Ross
Points (4) – Taylor Ross
PIMS (7) – Jackson Shepard                                            Plus/Minus (+2) – Taylor Ross & Alex Cotton
Wins (1) – Reece Klassen                                                 Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.893) – Reece Klassen                                       Goals Against Average (3.02) – 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

WHO’S HOT:
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 4 straight games going back to last year (3g-1a)
– Dylan Cozens has points in 4 straight games going back to last year (1g-4a)
– Taylor Ross has points in 2 straight games (1g-3a)
– Jackson Shepard has points in 2 straight games (2a)

MILESTONE WATCH:
– Calen Addison is 1 point away from 100 career points
– Calen Addison is 13 games away from 150 career games
– Ty Prefontaine is 24 games away from 150 career games
– Igor Merezhko is 1 game away from 200 career games
– Jordy Bellerive is 15 goals away from 100 career goals
– Jordy Bellerive is 14 points away from 200 career points
– Jake Elmer is 12 games away from 150 career games
– Logan Barlage is 23 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 1-0-0-0 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.

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