Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes begin their second round series with the Brandon Wheat Kings tonight at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes eliminated the Red Deer Rebels in the first round in a five game series. Brad Morrison led all ‘Canes and skaters in the WHL Playoffs with 16 points (6g-10a) in the series against Red Deer while Jordy Bellerive had 10 points (4g-6a) in the series. It is the second straight season the Hurricanes have gone to at least the second round of the post-season.
The Wheat Kings are coming off a six-game series win over the Central Division Champion Medicine Hat Tigers in the opening round. After dropping the first two games of the series by a combined 14-5, the Wheat Kings rattled off four straight victories to advance to the second round for the first time since their WHL Championship in 2016.
This will be the fourth time in history that the Hurricanes will face the Wheat Kings in the WHL Playoffs. The ‘Canes have posted a 1-2 series record with the latest meeting being a six-game Lethbridge win in the first round back in 2008. The team who has held home-ice advantage in the three prior series has been victorious.
Tickets for tonight’s Game 1 and Saturday’s Game 2 are available for purchased by going online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 1 of the best-of-seven second round series between the Hurricanes and the Wheat Kings. It will be the first time the two have faced off in the post-season since 2008 when the ‘Canes eliminated the Wheaties in six games.
PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary) HURRICANE TOP 7 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – April 6th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Brad Morrison – 6G. 10A, 16 points
Game 2 – April 7th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Jordy Bellerive – 4G, 6A – 10 points
Game 3 – April 10th, 6:00pm – at Brandon Taylor Ross – 5G, 4A – 9 points
Game 4 – April 11th, 6:00pm – at Brandon Calen Addison – 2G, 5A – 7 points
*Game 5 – April 13th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Jake Elmer – 1G, 5A – 6 points
*Game 6 – April 15th, TBD – at Brandon Dylan Cozens – 3G, 3A – 6 points
*Game 7 – April 17th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Tate Olson – 2G, 4A – 6 points
2017-2018 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (6) – Brad Morrison Assists (10) – Brad Morrison
Points (16) – Brad Morrison
PIMS (14) – Owen Blocker Plus/Minus (+11) – Tate Olson
Wins (4) – Logan Flodell Shutouts (1) – Logan Flodell
Save % (.905) – Logan Flodell Goals Against Average (2.90) – 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 286 man-games worth of playoff experience. Of all the ‘Canes, the most experienced is Igor Merezhko who has skated in 30 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 1’s: The Hurricanes enter tonight having posted an all-time record of 18-16 in Game 1’s in their post-season history. The ‘Canes earned a 6-0 win in the first game against the Red Deer Rebels in the first round of the WHL Playoffs. The Hurricanes have won two straight Game 1’s dating back to last year’s 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 16 points (6g-10a) in five games in the opening round against the Red Deer Rebels; an average of 3.20 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 47.6% clip going 10/21 on the man advantage while the penalty kill has killed at 80% (24/30). The ‘Canes PP was just 2/36 (5.6%) and PK was 62.2% (23/37) in their final nine regular season games.