Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes return to the ENMAX Centre tonight at 7:00pm as they welcome the Prince George Cougars.
The Hurricanes (3-4-0-1) are coming off a 6-5 loss last night to the Calgary Hitmen at Scotiabank Saddledome. Logan Barlage scored twice while Jake Elmer, Zach Cox and Jadon Joseph scored in the loss. Carl Tetachuk made his first WHL appearance after relieving starter Reece Klassen in the game; Tetachuk made 26 saves while taking credit for the loss.
The Cougars (2-5-0-1) enter having suffered a 4-1 loss last night in Medicine Hat to the Tigers. Overage forward Josh Curtis scored the lone Prince George goal in the defeat. Taylor Gauthier made 26 saves in the losing cause. Tonight will be the second of a three-in-three Central Division road trip.
Tonight will be the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and the Cougars. The ‘Canes and Cougars split a pair of games last year in Prince George.
Tickets for tonight’s game are available online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.
VS. COUGARS: Tonight will be the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and the Cougars. Last year, the teams split a pair of games in Prince George. Tonight will be the first time Prince George has visited Lethbridge since January 13th, 2017 when the Cougars earned a 6-5 shootout victory.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: TOP 5 HURRICANES SCORERS
October 13th/2018 – at Lethbridge Dylan Cozens – 5G, 7A – 12 points Jordy Bellerive – 4G, 6A – 10 points
2017-18 SEASON SERIES: Taylor Ross – 4G, 4A – 8 points
January 19th/2018 – at Prince George (6-2 LET) Jake Elmer –51G, 3A – 8 points
January 20th/2018 – at Prince George (4-2 PG) Calen Addison – 1G, 6A – 7 points
2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (5) – Dylan Cozens Assists (7) – Dylan Cozens
Points (12) – Dylan Cozens
PIMS (10) – Jordy Bellerive & Calen Addison Plus/Minus (+5) – Igor Merezhko & Danila Palivko
Wins (3) – Reece Klassen Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.897) – Reece Klassen Goals Against Average (3.22) – Reece Klassen
– Jake Elmer has points in 3 straight games (2g-2a); 6 of 7 games (4g-4a)
– Logan Barlage has points in 3 straight games (3g-1a); 5 of 7 games (4g-2a)
– Jadon Joseph has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a)
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 6 of 8 games (4g-6a)
– Dylan Cozens has points in 6 of 8 games (5g-7a)
– Taylor Ross has points in 5 of 7 games (4g-4a)
– Jackson Shepard has points in 5 of 8 games (6a)
– Keltie Jeri-Leon has points in 5 of 7 games (2g-3a)
– Calen Addison has points in 3 of 6 games (6a); in 4 of 8 games (1g-6a)
– Igor Merezhko has points in 2 straight games (3a); 3 of 4 games (4a)
– Danila Palivko has points in 2 of 3 games (2a)
– Dylan Cozens is tied for 12th in WHL Scoring with 12 points
– Dylan Cozens is tied 15th in WHL Goals with 5 & tied 1st in Game Winning Goals with 2
– Jordy Bellerive is tied 8th in WHL in Shots with 37
– Jordy Bellerive is tied for 5th in WHL Power Play Goals with 3
– Calen Addison is tied 6th in WHL Power Play Assists with 5
– Calen Addison is 7 games away from 150 career games
– Calen Addison is 16 assists away from 100 career assists
– Ty Prefontaine is 27 games away from 150 career games
– Taylor Ross is 27 games away from 200 career games
– Taylor Ross is 26 points away from 100 career points
– Ty Kolle is 19 games away from 100 career games
– Jordy Bellerive is 12 goals away from 100 career goals
– Jordy Bellerive is 6 points away from 200 career points
– Jake Elmer is 6 games away from 150 career games
– Logan Barlage is 17 games away from 100 career games
– Koletrane Wilson is 32 games away from 100 career games
NEWS & NOTES:
Eight Thru: The ‘Canes have opened the 2018-2019 regular season with a 3-4-0-1 record after eight games. The ‘Canes have earned wins against the Medicine Hat Tigers and two against the Regina Pats while falling to the Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings, Prince Albert Raiders and Calgary Hitmen. After eight games last year, the ‘Canes were 4-4-0-0.
Division Heavy: After opening the season with five of the first seven games against East Division opponents, the ‘Canes will have a heavy dose of divisional games moving forward. The ‘Canes are in a stretch where they play nine of 12 games against Central Division oppositions. The ‘Canes are 1-2-0-0 against divisional opponents so far this year. Last year they went 19-11-2-0 against the Central.
Tradsies: On October 3rd, the ‘Canes acquired forward Ty Kolle from the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for a fifth round draft pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. Kolle, who hails from Kamloops, had appeared in 77 WHL games with the Portland Winterhawks collecting 18 points (7g-11a) before joining the ‘Canes.
Roster Trimming: The Hurricanes waived overage defenseman Matthew Stanley who was claimed by the Swift Current Broncos before their traded forward Owen Blocker back to the Broncos for an eighth round draft pick in 2019. The ‘Canes also put import goaltender Akira Schmid on waivers on Oct. 1st and re-assigned defenseman Tyler Lowe on October 5th.
Home Cooking: The Hurricanes begin a stretch where they will play seven of their next nine games at the ENMAX Centre. The ‘Canes have posted an impressive 72-29-6-3 regular season record over the last four seasons. The ‘Canes are 1-2-0-1 so far this year.
Seeing Double: The Hurricanes have twin brothers on their roster for the first time ever. Adam and Justin Hall were both drafted in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. They are the first brother tandem to suit up together for the ‘Canes since Axel and Albin Blomqvist in 2012-13. Adam was born before Justin, by just two minutes.
Great Experience: Three Hurricanes players attended NHL Training Camps. Captain Jordy Bellerive and Calen Addison were with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both appeared in one pre-season game with the Penguins; Addison earned an assist in his lone appearance. Defenseman Igor Merezhko was with the Calgary Flames.