Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes travel to Medicine Hat tonight to face the Tigers in the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home set with their Highway 3 rival.
The Hurricanes (4-4-0-2) are coming off a 6-3 victory over the Kootenay Ice on Tuesday. Jordy Bellerive scored twice in that game while Jadon Joseph, Jake Elmer, Taylor Ross and Logan Barlage had the others. Reece Klassen bounced back making 30 saves in the victory. The win for the ‘Canes improved their home-ice record to 2-2-0-2 on the season.
The Tigers (5-5-0-1) are also coming off a win over the Kootenay Ice last Saturday by a 4-3 score in a shootout. Hayden Ostir, James Hamblin and Ryan Chyzowski scored in regulation before Ryan Jevne scored the shootout winner in the sixth round. Medicine Hat enters on a two game winning streak.
Tonight will be the third of ten meetings on the season between the ‘Canes and Tigers while this weekend will be the second of three home-and-home sets between the two. The teams have split the two prior meetings with the road team winning both contests.
VS. TIGERS: Tonight will be the third of ten head-to-head meetings between the Hurricanes and the Tigers this season and the second of three home-and-home sets between the Highway 3 rivals. The ‘Canes and Tigers split the opening weekend pair with the road team winning both games.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: TOP 5 HURRICANES SCORERS
September 21st/2018 – at Lethbridge (5-2 MH) Dylan Cozens – 5G, 9A – 14 points
September 22nd/2018 – at Medicine Hat (4-2 LET) Jordy Bellerive – 6G, 7A – 13 points
October 19th/2018 – at Medicine Hat Jake Elmer – 8G, 4A – 12 points
October 20th/2018 – at Lethbridge Taylor Ross – 7G, 4A – 11 points
December 1st/2018 – at Medicine Hat Calen Addison – 1G, 10A – 11 points
December 30th/2018 – at Lethbridge
February 22nd/2019 – at Lethbridge
February 23rd/2019 – at Medicine Hat
March 8th/2019 – at Lethbridge
March 16th/2019 – at Medicine Hat
2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (8) – Jake Elmer Assists (10) – Calen Addison
Points (14) – Dylan Cozens
PIMS (16) – Nolan Jones Plus/Minus (+6) – Igor Merezhko
Wins (4) – Reece Klassen Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.892) – Reece Klassen Goals Against Average (3.37) – Reece Klassen
– Jake Elmer has points in 5 straight games (5g-3a); 8 of 9 games (8g-4a)
– Jadon Joseph has points in 4 straight games (2g-4a); 5 of 8 games (2g-5a)
– Calen Addison has points in 2 straight games (4a); 3 of 4 games (5a); 6 of 10 games (1g-10a)
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 2 straight games (2g-1a); 3 of 4 games (3g-2a); 8 of 10 games (6g-7a)
– Taylor Ross has points in 2 straight games (3g); 7 of 10 games (7g-4a)
– Igor Merezhko has points in 3 of 4 games (6a)
– Keltie Jeri-Leon has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-2a); 6 of 9 games (3g-4a)
– Logan Barlage has points in 4 of 5 games (4g-1a); 6 of 9 games (5g-2a)
– Dylan Cozens has points in 7 of 10 games (5g-9a)
– Jackson Shepard has points in 6 of 10 games (8a)
– Danila Palivko has points in 3 of 5 games (3a)
NEWS & NOTES:
10 Done: The ‘Canes have opened the 2018-2019 regular season with a 4-4-0-2 record after ten games. The ‘Canes have earned wins against the Medicine Hat Tigers, Kootenay Ice and two against the Regina Pats. After ten games last year, the ‘Canes were 5-5-0-0.
Division Heavy: The ‘Canes are in a stretch where they will play nine of 12 games against Central Division oppositions. The ‘Canes will play the Edmonton Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen each three times, the Medicine Hat Tigers twice and the Kootenay Ice once in that span. The ‘Canes are 2-2-0-0 against Central Division teams this season after going 19-11-2-0 last season.
Team WHL: The WHL announced the roster for Team WHL for the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series and three Hurricanes will suit up. Jordy Bellerive, Calen Addison and Dylan Cozens will all take part in the event while ‘Canes head coach Brent Kisio will serve as an assistant coach for the team. WHL will face Russia on November 5th and 6th in Kamloops and Vancouver. It’s the third straight season at least one Hurricanes player will be represented as Giorgio Estephan played in 2016 and Stuart Skinner played in 2017.
Central Scouting: The NHL Central Scouting announced their ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and two Hurricanes were named. Dylan Cozens was named an ‘A’ ranked skater while Logan Barlage was a ‘C’ ranked skater. An ‘A’ ranked means a potential first round draft pick while a ‘C’ ranked means a four to sixth round pick. A total of 35 WHL players were ranked by Central Scouting.
Tradsies: On October 3rd, the ‘Canes 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, had appeared in 77 WHL games with the Portland Winterhawks collecting 18 points (7g-11a) before joining the ‘Canes.
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 2-2-0-2 so far this year.
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.