Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to carry the momentum of a 5-2 victory last night over the Medicine Hat Tigers into tonight at 7:30pm as they travel to the Canalta Centre to face the Tigers in the second of a back-to-back, home-and-home.
The ‘Canes were led by Jadon Joseph who scored twice and added an assist in the victory while Giorgio Estephan, Dylan Cozens and Zane Franklin all added singles. Stuart Skinner made 37 saves in the win. The ‘Canes outshot the Tigers 42-39 in the game.
The Tigers saw goaltender Michael Bullion make 36 saves in the losing cause. Mark Rassell and Gary Haden scored the goals for the Tigers in the losing cause. The Tigers went 0/3 on the power play in the game at the ENMAX Centre.
Tonight will be the second of seven meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Tigers. Listen to the game 106.7 ROCK or watch the game at either Browns Socialhouse locations.
2017-2018 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (2) – Jadon Joseph Assists (2) – Josh Tarzwell
Points (3) – Jadon Joseph
PIMS (6) – Jordy Bellerive Plus/Minus (+2) – Three Players
Wins (1) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.949) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (2.00) – 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
– Kyle Yewchuk is 5 games away from 100 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 41 games away from 300 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 9 points away from 250 career points
– Jordy Bellerive is 14 games away from 150 career games
– Jordy Bellerive is 7 points away from 100 career points
– Ryan Vandervlis is 8 games away from 150 career games
– Zane Franklin is 29 games away from 100 career games
– Brennan Menell is 4 games away from 200 career games
– Brennan Menell is 5 points away from 150 career points
– Stuart Skinner is 25 wins away from 100 career victories
– Brent Kisio is 13 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.
Overage Cutdown: The ‘Canes have cut down to the maximum three overage players as they currently have forward Giorgio Estephan and defensemen Brennan Riddle and Brennan Menell as their three overage skaters. Menell remains with the Minnesota Wild.
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.
Clayton Re-assigned: On September 20th, the Hurricanes re-assigned 17-year-old forward Hayden Clayton to the Whitecourt Wolverines of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Clayton appeared in all five exhibition games for the ‘Canes registering one goal and a plus-1 rating.
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.
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 as he shutout the Winnipeg Jets young stars.
New Assistant: On June 29th, the ‘Canes announced the hiring of Jeff Hansen as the teams new Assistant Coach. Hansen joins the Hurricanes after spending the last four seasons with the Calgary Hitmen as their Video Coach. Hansen played minor pro hockey winning an Allan Cup in 2009 with the Bentley Generals.
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 1-0-0-0 to start the new season.