Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will look to stave off elimination tonight at 6:00pm as they host the Regina Pats at the ENMAX Centre in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Championship Series.
The Hurricanes face elimination for the fifth time in the 2017 WHL Playoffs after falling 5-3 in Game 5 on Friday night in Regina. The ‘Canes had two separate leads in Game 5 only to see the Pats tie both times. Josh Tarzwell, Ryan Vandervlis and Egor Babenko scored the goals in the losing cause.
The Pats took a 3-2 series lead with their second consecutive victory in the best-of-seven. Adam Brooks led the way for Regina picking up four assists in the game. Five different goal scorers lit the lamp for the Pats including Josh Mahura, Sam Steel, Filip Ahl, Dawson Leedahl and Austin Wagner.
Tonight’s Game 6 can be seen on the WHL on Shaw or heard on 106.7 ROCK.
Select tickets are still available for the game by going to www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 6 of the best-of-seven series between the Hurricanes and the Pats. The Pats lead the series 3-2. This is the second straight post-season that the ‘Canes and Pats have met after Regina eliminated Lethbridge in five games in the first round in 2016.
PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary) HURRICANE TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – April 21st, 7:00pm – at Regina (3-1 LH) Tyler Wong – 11G. 13A, 24 points
Game 2 – April 22nd, 7:00pm – at Regina (3-2 OT REG) Giorgio Estephan – 10G, 13A – 23 points
Game 3 – April 25th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (3-1 LH) Egor Babenko – 9G, 12A – 21 points
Game 4 – April 26th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (6-2 REG) Brennan Menell – 5G, 10A – 15 points
Game 5 – April 28th, 7:00pm – at Regina (5-3 REG) Jordy Bellerive – 6G, 7A – 13 points
Game 6 – April 30th, 6:00pm – at Lethbridge
*Game 7 – May 2nd, 7:00pm – at Regina
2016-2017 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (11) – Tyler Wong Assists (13) – Tyler Wong & Giorgio Estephan
Points (24) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (22) – Jordy Bellerive Plus/Minus (+6) – Giorgio Estephan
Wins (10) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.919) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (2.94) – Stuart Skinner
VS. PATS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Pats met four times in the regular season with both teams winning twice. Regina took the first two head-to-head meetings while Lethbridge took the last two. Both teams won once at home and once on the road.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: HURRICANE TOP 5 SEASON SCORERS
October 15th/2016 – at Lethbridge (7-2 Pats) Tyler Wong – 51G, 58A – 109 points
October 18th/2016 – at Regina (6-1 Pats) Giorgio Estephan – 35G, 54A – 89 points
December 7th/2016 – at Lethbridge (5-4 OT Hurricanes) Zak Zborosky – 41G, 33A – 74 points
February 28th/2017 – at Regina (4-1 Hurricanes) Brennan Menell – 12G, 59A – 71 points
Matt Alfaro – 25G, 35A – 60 points
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:
So We Meet Again: The Hurricanes and Pats will square off in the post-season for the second consecutive year. In the 2016 WHL Playoffs, the Hurricanes were eliminated by the Pats in five games in the first round of the post-season. After winning Game 1, the ‘Canes went on to lose the next four.
On the Brink: The Hurricanes will face elimination tonight in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Championship Series. The ‘Canes are 4-0 in the post-season when their season is on the line. The ‘Canes will look to force a seventh-and-deciding game on Tuesday back in Regina.
Oh, Giorgio: Giorgio Estephan has been racking up points. The four-year veteran has tossed 22 points (10g-12a) on the board in his last 15 games since returning from injury in Round 1 against Red Deer. The Hurricanes are 10-1-1 in the playoffs when Estephan records a point.
Seventh Heaven: The Hurricanes remained perfect in Game 7’s in their history as they earned a come-from-behind 5-4 overtime win in Medicine Hat last Tuesday in Game 7 to eliminate the Tigers. It was the second straight series in which the ‘Canes needed seven games to advance after they beat the Red Deer Rebels in seven games in the first round.