Brandon, MB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a three-game East Division road trip tonight at 6:30pm Alberta time when they visit the Brandon Wheat Kings for the first time at Westman Communications Group Place.
The Hurricanes (5-5-1-1) are coming off a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday night in Moose Jaw against the Warriors. Tyler Wong scored the lone goal in the contest for the Hurricanes while Stuart Skinner bounced back making 29 saves earning third star honours. The loss for the Hurricanes was their fourth consecutive defeat – ‘Canes only lost four straight games once last year during the regular season.
The Wheat Kings (3-3-2-0) are the defending Western Hockey League Champions and the two-time defending Eastern Conference Champs. Brandon is off to a mediocre start having inserted a bunch of new faces having lost 11 players from their Championship roster from a year ago. The Wheaties are coming off a 4-3 overtime victory last Saturday over the Prince Albert Raiders.
Tonight is the first of four meetings between the Hurricanes and the Wheat Kings. The two teams split the four contests last year with each team winning once at home and once on the road. Tune in to 106.7 ROCK starting at 6:15pm for the pre-game show with Dustin Forbes.
VS. WHEAT KINGS: Tonight will be the first of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Wheat Kings. The two teams split four games last year with each team winning once at home and once on the road. The Wheat Kings took the last meeting on February 26th in Lethbridge by a 5-2 score.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
October 21st/2016 – at Brandon
January 31st/2017 – at Lethbridge
February 24th/2017 – at Lethbridge
March 1st/2017 – at Brandon
HURRICANE TOP 5 SCORERS
Ryley Lindgren – 7G, 8A – 15 points
Brayden Burke – 2G, 13A – 15 points
Jesse Zaharichuk – 6G, 7A – 13 points
Egor Babenko – 5G, 4A – 9 points
Giorgio Estephan – 3G, 6A – 9 points
2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (7) – Ryley Lindgren Assists (13) – Brayden Burke
Points (15) – Ryley Lindgren & Brayden Burke
PIMS (37) – Igor Merezhko Plus/Minus (+3) – Egor Babenko
Wins (5) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (1) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.895) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (3.87) – Stuart Skinner
– Brayden Burke has points in 8 of 9 games (2g-13a)
– Jesse Zaharichuk has points in 7 of 9 games (6g-7a)
– Ryley Lindgren has points in 3 of 5 games (2g-2a); 7 of 10 games (6g-6a)
– Giorgio Estephan has points in 6 of 8 games (3g-6a)
– Brennan Menell has points in 4 of 7 games (1g-3a)
– Egor Babenko has points in 6 of 8 games (5g-3a)
– Calen Addison has points 3 of 7 games (2g-2a)
– Brennan Riddle has points in 2 of 4 games (2a)
– Tyler Wong has points in 5 of 9 games (6g-3a)
2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE LEADERS:
– Ryley Lindgren is tied 5th in WHL Scoring with 15 points
– Ryley Lindgren is tied 5th in WHL Goals with 7
– Jesse Zaharichuk is tied 7th in WHL Scoring with 13 points
– Jesse Zaharichuk is tied 6th in WHL Goals with 6
– Tyler Wong is tied 6th in WHL Goals with 6
– Tyler Wong is 3rd in WHL Power Play Goals with 4
– Brayden Burke is tied 2nd in WHL Assists with 13 & is tied 5th in WHL Scoring with 15 points
– Igor Merezhko is 1st in WHL Penalty Minutes with 37
– Calen Addison is tied 6th in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 8 points
– Calen Addison is tied 6th in WHL Rookie Scoring with 8 points (1st among Rookie Defenseman Scoring)
– Calen Addison is tied 4th in WHL Rookie Assists with 5
– Stuart Skinner is tied 3rd in WHL Wins with 5 & is tied 1st in WHL Shutouts with 1
– Stuart Skinner is 5th in WHL Minutes by a Goalie with 527 & is 2nd in WHL Shots (325) and Saves (291)
– Tyler Wong is 2 goals away from 100 career goals
– Tyler Wong is 2 points away from 200 career points
– Kord Pankewicz is 5 assists away from 100 career assists
– Giorgio Estephan is 2 games away from 200 career games
– Ryan Vandervlis is 9 games away from 100 career games
– Stuart Skinner is 5 wins away from 50 career wins
NEWS & NOTES:
200 For Lindgren: Tonight will be the 200th WHL game for Hurricanes overage forward Ryley Lindgren. The four-year veteran began his career with the Brandon Wheat Kings appearing in 75 games before being traded to Lethbridge in September of 2014. In 124 game with the Hurricanes, Lindgren has recorded 90 points (40g-50a). Lindgren currently is tied for first amongst WHL overagers in points with 15 (7g-8a).
Tough Stretch: Entering play tonight, the Hurricanes have dropped four straight games after falling 3-1 to the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday night. The ‘Canes lost four straight games just once last year (twice including playoffs). A loss tonight against the Wheat Kings and it will be the first time under Head Coach Brent Kisio that the Hurricanes record will be below five-hundred.
Adding Up: The Hurricanes are in a stretch where they play 10 of 15 games on the road. In the last two weeks, the ‘Canes have racked up over 2,700 kilometres in travel. In the next three weeks, the Hurricanes will also make two separate trips to Kamloops-Victoria-Vancouver before a weekend back at home to then head back to the U.S. as they will make a Seattle-Everett-Portland trip.
Early Strike: Entering play tonight, the Hurricanes have scored the first goal of the game in eight of ten outings and in nine of 12 games this year. The ‘Canes have lit the lamp in the first five minutes of the game in five of the last eight games. Hurricanes are 5-2-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.
Good News for Giorgio: Fourth year forward Giorgio Estephan has been named to Team WHL for the upcoming 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Estephan is one of 12 forwards who will represent the WHL. He is the first Hurricane since Carter Ashton in 2009 to take part in the series. Estephan had registered nine points (3g-6a) in eight games since returning from Buffalo Sabres camp.
Hockey Canada Calls: Hurricanes rookies Calen Addison and Josh Tarzwell have both been named to by Hockey Canada to take part in the upcoming World Under-17 Hockey Challenge that will take place at the end of October in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Addison will take part on Canada Black while Tarzwell will suit up for Canada Red. Hurricanes Head Coach Brent Kisio and Video Coach Andrew Doty will also coach Team Canada White at the tournament in the same roles.