GAME DAY: Hurricanes End First Half Against Hitmen
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes end their first-half of the season tonight as they welcome the Calgary Hitmen at 7:00pm to the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes (19-12-0-1) had their five-game winning streak end on Friday with a 6-0 loss to the Kelowna Rockets at the ENMAX Centre. It was the third shutout loss for the ‘Canes this season and first since the beginning of October. Lethbridge enters 8-2-0-1 in their last 11 games at home and are 14-4-0-1 in their last 19 games overall.
The Hitmen (15-9-3-1) enter having earned a 5-2 win in their last game last Sunday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. Zac Funk led the way for the Hitmen with two goals and three assists in the context while Riley Fiddler-Schultz had a three-point effort. Calgary enters play tonight with a 9-5-2-0 record on the road this season.
Tonight will be the first of seven head-to-head meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Hitmen. Last season, the ‘Canes posted a 7-1-0-0 record in eight contests against Calgary.
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.
DOWNLOAD GAME NOTES/STATS HERE: 2022-12-17 – LET vs. CGY
VS. HITMEN: Tonight will be the first of seven meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Hitmen. Last season, the Hurricanes posted an impressive 7-1-0-0 record having won the last two meetings. Four of the seven meetings this season will be held at the ENMAX Centre. Lethbridge has posted an all-time record of 80-90-0-5 with six ties against Calgary, including a 44-42-3-3 record with four ties in Lethbridge.
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
December 17th/2022 – at LET
January 15th/2023 – at CGY
February 15th/2023 – at LET
February 25th/2023 – at CGY
March 15th/2023 – at CGY
March 17th/2023 – at LET
March 22nd/2023 – at LET
2021-2022 REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
October 1st/2021 – at Lethbridge (9-2 LET)
October 3rd/2021 – at Calgary (4-1 LET)
December 4th/2021 – at Calgary (5-4 OT LET)
December 8th/2021 – at Lethbridge (3-2 SO LET)
January 28th/2022 – at Lethbridge (3-2 OT LET)
February 25th/2022 – at Lethbridge (8-1 CGY)
April 9th/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-1 LET)
April 17th/2022 – at Calgary (3-2 OT LET)
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (14) – Jett Jones
Assists (18) – Tyson Laventure
Points (29) – Jett Jones
PIMS (45) – Joe Arntsen
Plus/Minus (+13) – Chase Pauls
Wins (15) – Harrison Meneghin
Shutouts (1) – Harrison Meneghin
Save % (.919) – Harrison Meneghin
Goals Against Average (2.45) – Harrison Meneghin
– Logan Wormald has points in 5 of 6 games (4g-4a); 6 of 9 games (4g-5a); 17 of 28 games (10g-13a)
– Tyson Zimmer has points in 11 of 13 games (8g-9a); 13 of 20 games (10g-11a); 18 of 30 (10g-16a)
– Jett Jones has points in 8 of 10 games (6g-9a); 14 of 20 games (10g-13a); 19 of 31 games (14g-15a)
– Tyson Laventure has points in 8 of 10 games (7g-8a); 14 of 20 games (10g-13a)
– Cole Shepard has points in 5 of 7 games (2g-4a); 6 of 9 games (3g-6a); 19 of 31 games (11g-14a)
– Miguel Marques has points in 3 of 5 games (1g-3a); 5 of 11 games (2g-3a)
– Joe Arntsen has points in 2 of 4 games (2a); 4 of 11 games (4a)
– Tristan Zandee has points in 2 of 5 games (2g)
– Chase Pauls has points in 2 of 5 games (2g-1a)
– Logan McCutcheon has points in 5 of 9 games (1g-8a); 8 of 20 games (1g-11a)
– Brayden Edwards has points in 2 of 6 games (1g-1a); 3 of 8 games (2g-1a); 5 of 14 games (2g-3a)
– Anton Astashevich has points in 3 of 8 games (3a)
– Noah Chadwick has points in 3 of 9 games (2g-2a)
– Nolan Bentham has points in 3 of 5 games (1g-2a); 4 of 9 games (3g-2a)
REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Nolan Bentham is 15 games away from 150 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 6 assists away from 50 career assists
– Jett Jones is 13 games away from 200 career games
– Jett Jones is 3 goals away from 50 career goals
– Logan Wormald is 13 games away from 100 career games
– Tyson Laventure is 21 points away from 100 career points
– 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 32: The Hurricanes enter tonight with a record of 19-12-0-1 (39 points) on the season after 32 games. The ‘Canes are 10-5-0-1 at home while posting a record of 9-7-0-0 on the road. In 2021-2022, Lethbridge had gone 14-15-1-2 after 32 contests. Lethbridge went 8-2-0-1 in November and are 5-2-0-0 December.
Streakin’: The Hurricanes enter play tonight having won five of their last six games after having a five-game winning streak snap on Friday. Lethbridge has posted a 14-4-0-1 record in their last 19 games. The ‘Canes are equally as hot on home ice having gone an impressive 8-2-0-1 in their last 11 games on home ice while going 6-2-0-0 in their last seven away.
PP Clickin’: Entering tonight, the Hurricanes have scored at least one power play goal in six of nine games, going 11-for-38 (28.9%) in that stretch. The ‘Canes have scored a power play goal in 15 of their last 20 games in which they’ve had a PP opportunity. Lethbridge is 15-4-0-1 this season when scoring a power play goal and are 5-0-0-0 when they score two-or-more in a contest.
Goals Galore: Over the last nine games, the Hurricanes have scored a total of 35 goals, averaging 3.89 goals per game during that stretch. During the same nine-game span, the ‘Canes have allowed 26 goals against, for an average of 2.89 goals against per game. Lethbridge’s season average is 2.75 GFPG.
Player of the Week: Hurricanes forward Tyson Laventure was named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 11th. The 19-year-old racked up seven points (2g-5a) with a plus-4 rating in three ‘Canes wins. Laventure has totaled 23 points in his last 20 outings.
Rookie Tendy: Hurricanes netminder Harrison Meneghin who was named the WHL Goaltender of the Month for November going 7-0-0-1 with a 1.96 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. Meneghin, who is 15-5-0-1 on the season, has gone 13-2-0-1 in his last 16 starts; he enters tonight sitting fourth in SV% (.919), seventh in GAA (2.45) and tied for third in victories (15) in the entire WHL.
What a Trio: The line of Jett Jones, Tyson Laventure and Tyson Zimmer have been terrific of late. The trio have combined for a whopping 43 points in the last 10 games. They sit one, two and three in team scoring having combined for 34-goals and 83-points this season.
Faceoff King: Jett Jones enters tonight as the WHL leader in faceoffs taken this season with 819 draws taken, averaging 25.6 draws per game. Jonesd has won 20+ faceoffs in a game three times this season, becoming the first Hurricanes centre-man to accomplish that feat on three occasions since the WHL began tracking faceoffs in 2017, surpassing Jake Leschyshyn and Giorgio Estephan – who both did it twice.