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GAME DAY: Hurricanes Welcome Royals at 7pm

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes kick off a four game home stand tonight as they welcome the Victoria Royals at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes (34-16-4-3) have been off since Sunday when they earned a 6-4 victory in Cranbrook over the Kootenay Ice. Zak Zborosky led the way for the Hurricanes in the victory with two goals and one assist while Adam Swan made 28 saves for his first WHL win in his first WHL start. The ‘Canes enter play tonight with a 14-1-1-1 record in their last 17 games and sit second in the Central Division.

The Royals (31-23-4-0) enter tonight on a two game losing streak after kicking off their three game Central Division road trip with a 3-1 loss in Medicine Hat on Wednesday night. Victoria has posted a 5-5-0-0 record in their last ten games and currently hold the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference.

Tonight is the final of three meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Royals. The teams have split the season series thus far with the home team winning both games. Tonight is also the final meeting against a Western Conference opponent for the ‘Canes.

2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (40) – Tyler Wong                                                    Assists (41) – Brennan Menell & Giorgio Estephan
Points (78) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (74) – Igor Merezhko                                                Plus/Minus (+17) – Tyler Wong
Wins (28) – Stuart Skinner                                                 Shutouts (2) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.906) – Stuart Skinner                                        Goals Against Average (3.24) – Stuart Skinner

WHO’S HOT:
– Tyler Wong has points in 6 of 7 games (5g-3a); 8 of 10 games (7g-5a); 26 of 33 games (27g-27a)
– Egor Babenko has points in 6 of 7 games (4g-5a); 9 of 12 games (6g-8a); 17 of 23 games (11g-16a)
– Giorgio Estephan has points in 5 of 6 games (2g-6a); 14 of 17 games (5g-18a); 29 of 35 (18g-33a)
– Calen Addison has points in 2 of 4 games (1g-1a)
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 3 of 4 games (3a); 5 of 8 games (2g-4a); 24 of 35 games (18g-19a)
– Matt Alfaro has points in 3 of 4 games (1g-3a); 13 of 19 games (6g-10a); 18 of 26 games (7g-19a)
– Zak Zborosky has points in 3 of 4 games (4g-2a); 14 of 20 games (13g-13a); 19 of 27 (16g-19a)
– Brennan Menell has points in 5 of 7 games (2g-6a); 14 of 17 games (5g-17a); 18 of 22 games (5g-23a)
– Jadon Joseph has points in 2 of 4 games (1g-1a); 4 of 7 games (2g-2a); 5 of 9 games (2g-3a)
– Igor Merezhko has points in 4 of 8 games (4a); 6 of 12 games (6a); 14 of 24 games (2g-14a)

2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE LEADERS:
– Tyler Wong is tied 2nd in WHL Goals with 40 & tied 6th in WHL Scoring with 78 points
– Tyler Wong is tied 3rd in WHL PP Goals with 13 & tied 2nd in WHL Game Winning Goals with 8
– Giorgio Estephan is tied 13th in WHL Goals with 26 & is tied 14th in WHL Scoring with 67 points
– Zak Zborosky is tied 4th in WHL Goals with 36 & tied 4th in WHL Power Play Goals with 12
– Brennan Menell is tied 4th in WHL PP Assists with 21 & 5th in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 52 points
– Calen Addison is tied 9th in WHL Rookie Scoring with 24 points (2nd among Rookie Defenseman Scoring)
– Calen Addison is 1st among 2000-born scorers in the WHL with 24 points
– Stuart Skinner is tied 2nd in Games Played (49); 3rd in WHL Wins with 28 & tied 7th in WHL Losses with 14
– Stuart Skinner is 2nd in WHL Minutes by a Goalie (2762) & is 2nd in WHL Shots (1586) & 2nd Saves (1437)

MILESTONE WATCH:
– Giorgio Estephan is 7 goals away from 100 career goals
– Matt Alfaro is 11 assists away from 100 career assists
– Matt Alfaro is 9 points away from 150 career points
– Tanner Nagel is 5 games away from 100 career games
– Zak Zborosky is 6 goals away from 100 career goals
– Zak Zborosky is 2 assists away from 100 career assists
– Zak Zborosky is 8 points away from 200 career points

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