GAME DAY: Hurricanes Continue Homestand Against Oil Kings
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue a season-long five-game homestand tonight as they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7:00pm to the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes (21-15-0-1) enter having suffered a 5-3 defeat to Moose Jaw on Wednesday in the first game of the homestand. Jett Jones, Anton Astashevich and Chase Pauls scored in the loss while Harrison Meneghin made 24-saves in the defeat. Lethbridge enters with an 11-7-0-1 record at home this season.
The Oil Kings (4-33-1-0) enter on a 16-game losing streak after suffering a 3-2 loss last night at home against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Nathan Pilling and Rilen Kovacevic scored in the losing cause while Kolby Hay made 33-saves in the setback. Edmonton is 2-18-0-0 away from home with their last win coming in Lethbridge on November 19th at the ENMAX Centre.
Tonight will be the fourth of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings; Lethbridge has posted a 2-1-0-0 record against Edmonton this year having won the last two meetings. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre, the Yates Memorial Theatre Ticket Centre, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or online at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com.
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VS. OIL KINGS: Tonight will be the fourth of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings. The ‘Canes have posted a 2-1-0-0 record against Oil Kings this season, having won the last two meetings. The Hurricanes went 2-5-0-1 in eight games against Edmonton while falling in four-straight games in the first round of the WHL Playoffs. Over the last two years, Lethbridge has posted a record of 5-10-1-1 against Edmonton. The Hurricanes have gone 43-45-4-3 all-time against the Oil Kings while going 23-20-2-3 all-time against Edmonton at the ENMAX Centre.
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
November 19th/2022 – at Lethbridge (4-3 EDM)
December 14th/2022 – at Lethbridge (4-1 LET)
January 1st/2023 – at Edmonton (4-2 LET)
January 7th/2023 – at Lethbridge
January 29th/2023 – at Edmonton
March 18th/2023 – at Edmonton
2021-2022 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
October 6th/2021 – at Lethbridge (2-1 EDM)
October 15th/2021 – at Edmonton (4-0 EDM)
November 2nd/2021 – at Edmonton (7-0 EDM)
November 26th/2021 – at Lethbridge (3-2 LET)
January 16th/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-4 SO EDM)
January 30th/2022 – at Edmonton (6-0 EDM)
March 25th/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-2 EDM)
March 27th/2022 – at Edmonton (5-1 LET)
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (15) – Jett Jones
Assists (19) – Tyson Zimmer
Points (32) – Jett Jones
PIMS (51) – Joe Arntsen
Plus/Minus (+6) – Chase Pauls
Wins (17) – Harrison Meneghin
Shutouts (1) – Harrison Meneghin
Save % (.912) – Harrison Meneghin
Goals Against Average (2.70) – Harrison Meneghin
– Blake Swetlikoff has points in 5 straight games (3g-4a)
– Tristen Doyle has points in 3 straight games (2g-1a)
– Jett Jones has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a); 3 of 4 games (1g-2a); 17 of 25 games (11g-15a)
– Brayden Edwards has points in 2 straight games (1g-2a); 3 of 4 games (1g-3a); 6 of 13 games (3g-4a)
– Tristan Zandee has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a); 4 of 10 games (3g-1a)
– Cole Shepard has points in 4 of 5 games (2g-4a); 5 of 7 games (3g-5a); 23 of 36 games (13g-18a)
– Miguel Marques has points in 3 of 4 games (4a); 6 of 10 games (1g-7a); 8 of 16 games (2g-7a)
– Joe Arntsen has points in 3 of 4 games (1g-2a); 5 of 9 games (1g-4a)
– Tyson Zimmer has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-1a); 14 of 18 games (9g-12a); 21 of 35 games (11g-19a)
– Chase Pauls has points in 3 of 7 games (3g-1a)
– Anton Astashevich has points in 5 of 13 games (1g-4a)
– Logan Wormald has points in 2 of 5 games (3g); 7 of 11 games (7g-5a); 19 of 33 games (12g-14a)
– Tyson Laventure has points in 8 of 10 games (7g-8a); 14 of 20 games (10g-13a)
REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Joe Arntsen is 4 assists away from 50 career assists
– Jett Jones is 8 games away from 200 career games
– Jett Jones is 3 goals away from 50 career goals
– Logan Wormald is 8 games away from 100 career games
– Cole Shepard is 1 assist away from 50 career assists
– Tyson Laventure is 2 assists away from 50 career assists
– Bryan Thomson is 5 games away from 100 career games
– Bryan Thomson is 4 wins away from 50 career wins
NEWS & NOTES:
Thru 37: The Hurricanes enter tonight with a record of 21-15-0-1 (43 points) on the season after 37 games. The ‘Canes are 11-7-0-1 at home while posting a record of 10-8-0-0 on the road. In 2021-2022, Lethbridge had gone 16-18-1-2 after 37 contests. Lethbridge went 6-4-0-0 December and are 1-1-0-0 in January.
Roster Moves: On Thursday, the Hurricanes acquired 2003-born forward Blake Swetlikoff from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a second and fifth round draft pick and the rights to 2006-born forward Jack Lackas. Swetlikoff has recorded 19 points (5g-14a) in 34 games this season and enters on a five-game point streak. The Hurricanes also re-assigned 2005-born forward Zach Bansley to Melville of the SJHL.
Golden Coach: Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio returns to the ‘Canes after capturing a gold medal with the Canadian National Junior Team at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship. Kisio served as an assistant coach on the team which became the first team to repeat as gold medalists since 2009. Kisio became the first ‘Canes representative to win gold at the tournament since 2020 when Dylan Cozens and Calen Addison won gold with Canada in Czechia. The Hurricanes went 5-4-0-0 without Kisio at the helm.
2022 Calendar: The Hurricanes ended the 2022 calendar year on Friday with a 4-3 loss to the Swift Current Broncos. In 2022, the ‘Canes posted a 44-31-2-2 record in 79 regular season games played. Lethbridge posted a record of 21-14-0-2 at home while going an impressive 23-17-2-0 on the road in 2022.
Streakin’: The Hurricanes enter play tonight having won seven of their last 11 games. Lethbridge has posted a 16-7-0-1 record in their last 24 games. The ‘Canes are equally as hot on home ice having gone an impressive 9-4-0-1 in their last 14 games on home ice while going 7-3-0-0 in their last ten away.
Strong PK: Entering tonight, the Hurricanes have allowed just on power play goal against in their last five games having killed 21-of-22 penalties taken in that span for a kill rate of 95.5%. Oppositions have gone just 6-for-43 in the last 11 games – resulting in an 86.1% kill rate for the Hurricanes in that span.
Rookie Tendy: Hurricanes netminder Harrison Meneghin enters tonight with a 17-8-0-1 record, sitting three wins shy of becoming the 14th goalie in ‘Canes history to reach 20-wins in a season – he would become just the fourth rookie goaltender to reach that mark. He enters tonight 15-5-0-1 record in his last 21 starts.
Faceoff King: Jett Jones enters tonight as the WHL leader in faceoffs taken this season with 948 draws taken, averaging 25.6 draws per game. Jones has won 20+ faceoffs in a game four times this season, becoming the first Hurricanes centre-man to accomplish that feat on four occasions since the WHL began tracking faceoffs in 2017, surpassing Jake Leschyshyn and Giorgio Estephan – who both did it twice.