Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes and Red Deer Rebels will tangle in a winner-take-all seventh game tonight at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.
The Hurricanes have forced a Game 7 after trailing the best-of-seven series three games to one. The ‘Canes earning a 5-3 victory in Game 5 on Saturday before following it up with a 4-1 win in Game 6 in Red Deer on Sunday. Ryan Vandervlis, Alec Baer, Tyler Wong and Jadon Joseph all scored in the Game 6 win while Stuart Skinner made 33 saves.
The Rebels, who failed to score on the power play for the first time in the series, jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Michael Spacek but couldn’t contain the Hurricanes attack to close out the series on home ice.
There are limited tickets remaining for tonight’s Game 7 and can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 7 of the best-of-seven series between the Hurricanes and the Rebels. The Rebels led the series 3-1, but the ‘Canes have stormed back to tie things at three. It’s the first meeting between the Hurricanes and Rebels in the post-season since 2002 and the fifth time all-time.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: (* if necessary) HURRICANE TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – March 25th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (4-2 RD) Egor Babenko – 3G. 6A, 9 points
Game 2 – March 26th, 6:00pm – at Lethbridge (5-2 LH) Tyler Wong – 5G, 3A – 8 points
Game 3 – March 29th, 7:00pm – at Red Deer (4-3 OT2 RD) Zak Zborosky – 2G, 4A – 6 points
Game 4 – Thu, March 30th, 7:00pm – at Red Deer (5-3 RD) Giorgio Estephan – 1G, 5A – 6 points
Game 5 – Sat, April 1st, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (5-3 LH) Brennan Menell – 1G, 4A – 5 points
Game 6 – Sun, April 2nd, 5:00pm – at Red Deer (4-1 LH)
Game 7 – Tue, April 4th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
2016-2017 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (5) – Tyler Wong Assists (6) – Egor Babenko
Points (9) – Egor Babenko
PIMS (10) – Jordy Bellerive Plus/Minus (+7) – Giorgio Estephan
Wins (3) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.924) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (2.69) – Stuart Skinner
VS. REBELS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Rebels met six times in the 2016-2017 regular season with the ‘Canes posting a 5-0-1-0 record. The ‘Canes were 12-1-1-0 in their last 14 regular season head-to-head meetings. The lone Red Deer win came December 3rd at the ENMAX Centrium.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: HURRICANE TOP 5 SEASON SCORERS
October 29th/2016 – at Lethbridge (6-1 Hurricanes) Tyler Wong – 51G, 58A – 109 points
December 2nd/2016 – at Lethbridge (5-3 Hurricanes) Giorgio Estephan – 35G, 54A – 89 points
December 3rd/2016 – at Red Deer (3-2 OT Rebels) Zak Zborosky – 41G, 33A – 74 points
January 7th/2017 – at Lethbridge (3-1 Hurricanes) Brennan Menell – 12G, 59A – 71 points
February 1st/2017 – at Red Deer (3-2 OT Hurricanes) Matt Alfaro – 25G, 35A – 60 points
February 8th/2017 – at Red Deer (7-3 Hurricanes)
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 % (.906) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (3.26) – Stuart Skinner
2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE LEADERS:
– Tyler Wong was tied 1st in WHL Goals with 51 & 3rd in WHL Scoring with 109 points
– Tyler Wong was tied 4th in WHL PP Goals with 15 & tied 2nd in WHL Game Winning Goals with 10
– Giorgio Estephan was tied 11th in WHL Goals with 35 & is tied 9th in WHL Scoring with 89 points
– Zak Zborosky was 5th in WHL Goals with 41 & tied 3rd in WHL Power Play Goals with 16
– Brennan Menell was tied 3rd in WHL PP Assists with 28 & 2nd in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 71 points
– Brennan Menell was tied 9th in WHL Defenseman Goals with 12 & 1st in WHL Defenseman Assists with 59
– Calen Addison was tied 10th in WHL Rookie Scoring with 33 points (2nd among Rookie D-man Scoring)
– Calen Addison was 1st among 2000-born scorers in the WHL with 33 points
– Stuart Skinner was 2nd in Games Played (60); 2nd in WHL Wins with 34 & tied 6th in WHL Losses with 18
– Stuart Skinner was 2nd in WHL Minutes by a Goalie (3386) & 2nd in WHL Shots (1933) & 2nd Saves (1749)
NEWS & NOTES:
7th Heaven: The Hurricanes find themselves in a Game 7 situation after trailing the best-of-seven series three games to one. The ‘Canes earned a 5-3 win in Game 5 before chalking up a 4-1 victory in Game 6. The ‘Canes have never forced a Game 7 when trailing a series three games to one.
Locked Down: The Hurricanes, who had a difficult time holding leads early in the series, have been terrific in each of the last two third periods. The ‘Canes heading into Game 5 had been outscored 10-2 in the final twenty minutes. In Game’s 5 and 6, the ‘Canes have outscored Red Deer 4-0.