Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes return to action tonight at the ENMAX Centre in a pivotal Game 4 against the Medicine Hat Tigers at 7:00pm.
The Hurricanes picked up a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night at home against the Tigers to take a 2-1 series lead. Giorgio Estephan was terrific again as he scored twice and added an assist in the winning effort. Tyler Wong and Brennan Menell each had multi-point games also. It was the second straight game the Hurricanes battled back after trailing 2-0 in the game to beat the Tigers.
Medicine Hat was led by James Hamblin in the losing cause as he was named the game’s third star with a goal and one assist. Mark Rassell scored the other goal in the loss while Michael Bullion made 26 saves while allowing four goals.
The Hurricanes will look to take a stranglehold on the series and jump out to a 3-1 series advantage with a victory before heading to Medicine Hat on Friday for Game 5.
Tickets for tonight’s Game 4 are going quickly, but 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 4 of the best-of-seven series between the Hurricanes and the Tigers. The ‘Canes lead the series 2-1. The ‘Canes and Tigers have not met in the WHL post-season since 1991 when the Hurricanes eliminated them in seven games – that was the only time in history the two have faced off in the playoffs.
PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary) HURRICANE TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – April 7th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat (4-0 MH) Giorgio Estephan – 7G. 9A, 16 points
Game 2 – April 8th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat (7-4 LH) Tyler Wong – 7G, 8A – 15 points
Game 3 – April 11th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (5-2 LH) Brennan Menell – 4G, 7A – 11 points
Game 4 – April 12th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Egor Babenko – 3G, 7A – 10 points
*Game 5 – April 14th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat Ryan Vandervlis – 4G, 4A – 8 points
*Game 6 – April 16th, 6:00pm – at Lethbridge
*Game 7 – April 18th, 7:00pm – at Medicine Hat
2016-2017 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (7) – Giorgio Estephan & Tyler Wong Assists (9) – Giorgio Estephan
Points (16) – Giorgio Estephan
PIMS (14) – Zane Franklin Plus/Minus (+8) – Giorgio Estephan, Ryan Vandervlis
Wins (6) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.920) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (2.81) – Stuart Skinner
- TIGERS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Tigers met seven times in the 2016-2017 regular season with the ‘Canes posting a 3-4-0-0 record. The ‘Canes won three of the first four games while the Tigers took the final three head-to-head meetings.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: HURRICANE TOP 5 SEASON SCORERS
September 23rd/2016 – at Lethbridge (4-2 Hurricanes) Tyler Wong – 51G, 58A – 109 points
September 24th/2016 – at Medicine Hat (9-3 Tigers) Giorgio Estephan – 35G, 54A – 89 points
December 9th/2016 – at Lethbridge (3-2 Hurricanes) Zak Zborosky – 41G, 33A – 74 points
December 30th/2016 – at Medicine Hat (9-7 Hurricanes) Brennan Menell – 12G, 59A – 71 points
February 11th/2017 – at Medicine Hat (5-0 Tigers) Matt Alfaro – 25G, 35A – 60 points
March 17th/2017 – at Lethbridge (5-1 Tigers)
March 18th/2017 – at Medicine Hat (8-7 Tigers)
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:
Been a While: The Hurricanes and Tigers will square off in a post-season series for just the second time in history. The only previous meeting was back in 1991 when the ‘Canes knocked off the Tigers in seven games. Bob Loucks was the head coach of the Hurricanes that season.
Oh, Giorgio: Giorgio Estephan has been racking up points. The four-year veteran has tossed 15 points (7g-8a) on the board in his last six games since returning from injury in Round 1 against Red Deer. Estephan leads the WHL in playoff points and was named the WHL and CHL Player of the Week last week.
Locked Down: The Hurricanes, who had a difficult time holding leads early in their first round series with the Rebels, were outscored 10-2 in the third period in their first four playoff games. In the last six post-season contests, the ‘Canes have been much better outscoring the opposition 12-2.
The Comeback: For the first time in franchise history the Hurricanes erased a 3-1 deficit to win a series in seven games. The ‘Canes fell behind 3-1 after losing Games 1, 3 and 4 but were able to battle back in the series eventually eliminating the Red Deer Rebels in Game 7 in Lethbridge on Tuesday.
Seventh Heaven: With their win in Game 7 against the Rebels, the Hurricanes are a perfect 4-0 in Game 7’s in their history. The ‘Canes have won three of those Game 7’s on home ice. Tuesday was the first Game 7 played in Lethbridge since 1991 when the ‘Canes defeated the Tigers in seven games.