Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue a short two game home-stand tonight as they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes (2-2-0-0) are coming off a 4-1 victory last Saturday over the Edmonton Oil Kings at the ENMAX Centre. Jack Flaman scored his first WHL hat-trick in the victory while Brennan Riddle added an empty-net goal. The win improved the ‘Canes home-ice record to 2-0-0-0 on the season.
The Raiders (2-2-0-0) are coming off a 4-2 victory last Saturday over the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Raiders have won two straight games after dropping the opening two games. The Raiders have been led by overage forward Jordy Stallard and Cole Fonstad who both lead the team in scoring with five points.
Tonight will be the first of four head-to-head meetings between the ‘Canes and the Raiders. The Hurricanes won all four match-ups against Prince Albert last year outscoring them 19-9 in the four meetings.
2017-2018 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (4) – Jack Flaman Assists (5) – Giorgio Estephan
Points (6) – Giorgio Estephan
PIMS (11) – Igor Merezhko Plus/Minus (+4) – Igor Merezhko & Jack Flaman
Wins (2) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.905) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (3.28) – Stuart Skinner
2017-2018 PRE-SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (3) – Ryan Vandervlis Assists (3) – Four Players
Points (4) – Four Players
PIMS (14) – Jadon Joseph Plus/Minus (+3) – Tanner Nagel & Shawn Harke
Wins (1) – Adam Swan Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.906) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (3.18) – Stuart Skinner
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 % (.905) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (3.26) – Stuart Skinner
– Brennan Riddle is 19 games away from 200 career games
– Kyle Yewchuk is 2 games away from 100 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 38 games away from 300 career games
– Giorgio Estephan is 5 points away from 250 career points
– Jack Flaman is 1 game away from 150 career games
– Jordy Bellerive is 11 games away from 150 career games
– Jordy Bellerive is 4 points away from 100 career points
– Ryan Vandervlis is 8 games away from 150 career games
– Jadon Joseph is 29 games away from 100 career games
– Zane Franklin is 26 games away from 100 career games
– Stuart Skinner is 24 wins away from 100 career victories
– Brent Kisio is 12 wins away from 100 career victories
NEWS & NOTES:
El Capitano: The Hurricanes announced that five-year veteran Giorgio Estephan has been named the 25th Captain in franchise history, succeeding Tyler Wong. The team named Jordy Bellerive, Tanner Nagel and Ryan Vandervlis as Alternate Captains.
Big Deal: On Wednesday, September 27th the Hurricanes acquired overage defenseman Tate Olson from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for a 2018 third round draft pick. Olson, who was a Vancouver Canucks draft pick in 2015, has played in 252 career WHL games. He is sidelined until November after undergoing off-season surgery.
Additions & Subtractions: The ‘Canes added overage forward Jack Flaman and 1999-born forward Zach Cox while releasing 1999-born forward Connor Lyons. Flaman, who played for the Vancouver Giants last year, joins the ‘Canes from the Notre Dame Hounds of the SJHL. Cox comes to the ‘Canes also from the SJHL where he started the year with the Nipawin Hawks.
Addison Gold/Pre-Draft Rankings: ‘Canes defenseman Calen Addison was ranked as a ‘B’ skater on the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary ‘Players to Watch’ List. The sophomore recorded 33 points as a 16-year-old last season. Addison, along with ‘Canes head coach Brent Kisio, won a Gold medal at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Tournament in Slovakia in August.
Menell Signs: Hurricanes defenseman Brennan Menell has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild. Menell, who is from Woodbury, Minnesota, was invited to camp on a try-out. He appeared in one pre-season game for the Wild recording one assist against the Colorado Avalanche.
Elmer Trade: The ‘Canes announced on September 18th that they had acquired 19-year-old forward Jake Elmer and a fifth round draft pick from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for overage forward Alec Baer. Elmer registered one goal in five pre-season contests with the Ice this season.
Belly-Inked: Hurricanes forward Jordy Bellerive signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, September 16th. Bellerive was undrafted in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft but was invited to camp by the Penguins. He played in one exhibition game with the Penguins before being re-assigned.
Stuey Back: On Sunday, September 17th the Edmonton Oilers re-assigned Stuart Skinner back to the ‘Canes. Skinner, who hails from Edmonton, was drafted by his hometown Oilers in the third round (78th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. He appeared in one game in the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton.
Home Sweet Home: The Hurricanes have been one of the best teams on home ice over the last two seasons. The ‘Canes have posted an impressive 53-15-2-2 record at the ENMAX Centre the last two regular seasons (a winning percentage of .736%). The ‘Canes are 2-0-0-0 to start the new season.