The Hurricanes and Swift Current Broncos are playing for the second time in less than a week tonight. Lethbridge enters the game coming off a shutout loss to Edmonton despite outshooting the Oil Kings 45-34 and they sit 6th in the Eastern Conference with 43 points. Swift Current is four points back sitting in 7th after a 4-1 loss to the Kootenay Ice Friday night. The Hurricanes have swept their three games so far winning 4-0 and 4-1 back in late October and their huge 6-4 come from behind victory on New Year’s Day when the Canes erased a 4-1 deficit in the final 15 minutes to claim the victory. Against Swift Current this year, Brady Ramsay leads the way with 6 points (2G, 4A.) In the last 5 years, the Hurricanes are 9-9-1-0 against the Broncos which includes a 6-3-0-0 record at the ENMAX Centre.
In 2011-2012, the Broncos won the season series 3-1 with the lone win for Lethbridge coming on December 17th. Russ Maxwell (1G, 2A) and Graham Hood (2G, 1A) both had 3 pts. vs. Swift Current.
2012 – 2013 Matchup:
October 23rd: Lethbridge (4) Broncos (0)
October 27th: Lethbridge (4) Broncos (1)
January 1st: Lethbridge (6) Broncos (4)
Powerplay: Hurricanes (4/16) Broncos (1/13)
Shots on Goal: Hurricanes (112) Broncos (96)
2012 – 2013 Stats Leaders:
Points (38), PPGs (9) – Russell Maxwell Goals (21), PIMs (104) – Jaimen Yakubowski
Assists (24) – Daniel Johnston Rookie Points Leader (23) – Axel Blomqvist
Plus/Minus (+11) – Lenny Hackman
Overall Powerplay: 37/200 (18.5%) Home Powerplay: 24/130 (18.5%)
Overall Penalty Kill: 35/172 (79.7%) Home Penalty Kill: 19/100 (81.0%)
Central Division: 6-7-0-3 East Division: 10-8-0-0 BC Division: 3-1-1-1 US Division: 0-2-0-0
Last 10 games: Sam McKechenie 6G, 8A (14 pts)…Brady Ramsay 5G, 5A (10 pts) Dan Johnston 1G, 8A (9 pts)…Graham Hood 3G, 5A (8 pts)
Hurricanes Leading Scorers: Broncos Leading Scorers:
Russ Maxwell: 18G, 20A – 38 points Adam Lowry: 25G, 29A – 54 points
Jaimen Yakubowski: 21G, 13A – 34 points Coda Gordon: 14G, 25A – 39 points
Sam McKechnie: 18G, 14A – 32 points Graham Black: 16G, 14A – 30 points
Daniel Johnston: 7G, 24A – 31 points Ryon Moser: 12G, 14A – 26 points
Russ Maxwell: 7 points shy of 100 for his career. Graham Hood: 17 games shy of 300 for his career
Ty Rimmer surpassed the 1000 save mark this season on December 7th. He was the first CHL goalie to 1,000 and the first to 500 back on October 27th Rimmer surpassed 3,000 saves (regular season) for his career. His 29 saves vs. Regina on October 26th gave him 3,003 for his career. Christopher Tai posted his 1st career WHL win on November 28th vs. Prince Albert in just his 2nd career start.
Graham Hood hit the 100 career point milestone with 1 assist vs. Kootenay on September 29th.
Brady Ramsay recorded his 50th career point vs. Kamloops on October 19th, 2012.
Russ Maxwell played in his 150th career game on October 17th vs. Brandon.
Connor Sutton, Tyler Wong, Ryan Pilon, Remi Laurencelle, Axel Blomqvist, have all scored their first career WHL goals this season.
Lenny Hackman and Joel Topping have all recorded their first career WHL points as well this season.
INTERNATIONAL DUTY (U17’S) … Canes Rookie Forward Reid Duke represented Team Pacificwhile Ryan Pilon and Kolten Olynek (Saskatoon Contacts of the SMAAAHL)represented Team West at the World Under-17 Challenge. Both teams missed the playoffs, but Pilon (who was Captain of Team West) finished with 2A in 4 games, while Olynek had 3G, 1A and Duke had 2G, 2A. Team West finished 9th with 4-1 consolation round win over Slovakia and Team Pacific claimed 5th with a 7-6 win over Ontario. Duke and Pilon are both expected back in the lineup Sunday vs. the Warriors.
EXPOSURE TO THE MACS: The Hurricanes also had 12 of their Bantam picks name to the prestigious Mac’s Tournament that wrapped up Jan 1st. Giorgio Estephan, Kody White, Kolten Olynek, Carter Amson, Bryton Sayers, Jonny Hogue, Colby Chartier, Reid Nemeth, Phoenix Worth, Ryan Ferguson and listed players Joey Derosiers and Greydon Robinson all made the tournament.
Next up: The Hurricanes are back at it Sunday night, January 6th when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors. Game time is 6:00pm with the pregame show on 94.1 CJOC with Pat Siedlecki starting at 5:30pm. At home or on the road you can follow your Lethbridge Hurricanes on Twitter @WHLHurricanes, play by play analysis @CanesCast or by checking out our website at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com. Fans can also follow us on our Official Facebook Page at facebook.com/WHLHurricanes or check out the game live on WHL Web TV.