Brandon, MB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to take a 3-0 series lead tonight in Game 3 in Brandon against the Wheat Kings at 6:00pm MT at Westoba Place.
The Hurricanes earned wins on Friday and Saturday at the ENMAX Centre by a combined 10-5. Jordy Bellerive has scored two goals in both games so far and leads all scorers in the series with five points (4g-1a) while Tate Olson also has five points in the series.
The Wheat Kings are in a similar position as they trail 2-0 for the second straight series. Brandon won four straight games after falling behind 2-0 to the Medicine Hat Tigers in their opening round match-up. Marcus Sekundiak, Linden McCorrister and Braden Schneider all are tied with two points in the series.
Tonight’s game can be heard on 106.7 ROCK or watched at either Browns Socialhouse locations in Lethbridge.
PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary) HURRICANE TOP 7 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – April 6th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (5-1 LET) Brad Morrison – 6G. 15A, 21 points
Game 2 – April 7th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (5-4 OT LET) Jordy Bellerive – 8G, 7A – 15 points
Game 3 – April 10th, 6:00pm – at Brandon Taylor Ross – 8G, 4A – 12 points
Game 4 – April 11th, 6:00pm – at Brandon Tate Olson – 3G, 8A – 11 points
*Game 5 – April 13th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Calen Addison – 2G, 8A – 10 points
*Game 6 – April 15th, TBD – at Brandon Dylan Cozens – 3G, 4A – 7 points
*Game 7 – April 17th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Jake Elmer – 2G, 5A – 7 points
2017-2018 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (8) – Taylor Ross & Jordy Bellerive Assists (15) – Brad Morrison
Points (21) – Brad Morrison
PIMS (18) – Owen Blocker Plus/Minus (+13) – Tate Olson
Wins (6) – Logan Flodell Shutouts (1) – Logan Flodell
Save % (.908) – Logan Flodell Goals Against Average (2.67) – Logan Flodell
WHEAT KINGS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Wheat Kings met four times during the 2017-2018 regular season. Lethbridge posted a 1-3-0-0 record against Brandon, with their lone victory coming at the ENMAX Centre. The ‘Canes have posted a 6-6-0-0 record against the Wheaties over the last three seasons.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: HURRICANES TOP 5 SCORERS
December 1st/2017 – at Lethbridge (5-1 BRD) Jordy Bellerive – 46G, 46A – 92 points
December 15th/2017 – at Brandon (3-0 BRD) Brad Morrison – 27G, 48A – 75 points
February 23rd/2018 – at Lethbridge (7-2 LET) Calen Addison – 11G, 54A – 65 points
March 6th/2018 – at Brandon (6-0 BRD) Dylan Cozens – 22G, 31A – 53 points
Taylor Ross – 21G, 21A – 42 points
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 (3.14) – Logan Flodell
2017-2018 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
– Jordy Bellerive is tied 12th in WHL Scoring with 92 points & is tied 8th in WHL Goals with 46
– Jordy Bellerive is tied 8th in WHL Power Play Goals with 16 & tied 20th in WHL Power Play Assists with 23
– Calen Addison is tied 9th in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 65 points & tied 3rd in WHL PP Assists with 35
– Calen Addison is 21st in WHL Assists with 54
– Dylan Cozens is tied 2nd in WHL Rookie Scoring with 53 points & 1st in WHL Rookie Goals with 22
– Logan Flodell is 1st in WHL Games Played with 61 & 2nd in WHL Minutes by a Goaltender with 3474
– Logan Flodell is 1st in WHL Shots Faced with 1999 & 1st in WHL Saves with 1818
– Logan Flodell is 1st in WHL Wins with 38 & 6th in Shutouts with 3
– Logan Flodell is 1st in WHL Eastern Conference Save Percentage .909%
NEWS & NOTES:
Three Before: The Hurricanes and Wheat Kings have met in the post-season on three prior occasions with the most recent being in 2008. The ‘Canes have posted a 1-2 series record against the Wheat Kings in their three prior meetings. Lethbridge won in six games in 2008 while Brandon won in four games in 1998 and five games in 1994. The team with home-ice advantage as won all three prior series.
Experience: The Hurricanes have 346 man-games worth of playoff experience. Of all the ‘Canes, the most experienced is Igor Merezhko who has skated in 32 post-season games. The ‘Canes entered the 2018 playoffs with 190 games worth of playoff experience compared to 95 when they started the 2017 playoffs.
Game 3’s: The Hurricanes enter tonight having posted an all-time record of 16-18 in Game 3’s in their post-season history. The ‘Canes earned a 5-4 overtime victory in the third game against the Red Deer Rebels in the first round of the WHL Playoffs.
Go Mo Go: Hurricanes overage forward Brad Morrison has been on a tear in the WHL Playoffs so far as he has racked up 21 points (6g-15a) in seven games in the WHL Playoffs; an average of 3.00 points per game. Morrison currently leads the entire WHL in playoff scoring.
Special Teams: The Hurricanes special teams have been terrific in the playoffs. The ‘Canes power play has converted at a 42.8% clip going 15/35 on the man advantage and is ranked second in the WHL Playoffs while the penalty kill has killed at 84.2% (32/38) sitting first overall in the post-season. The ‘Canes PP was just 2/36 (5.6%) and PK was 62.2% (23/37) in their final nine regular season games.