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GAME DAY: Hurricanes Look to End Manitoba Swing with Win

Brandon, MB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue a six-game road trip tonight with the final of four in Manitoba as they face the Brandon Wheat Kings at 6:00pm MT at Westoba Place for the second straight night.

The Hurricanes (13-10-0-1) enter after earning a 4-3 victory on Friday against the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first of a pair of back-to-back games. Tyson Laventure and Logan McCutcheon each had three points in the win while Harrison Meneghin made a 37-saves in the victory. Lethbridge enters tonight with a 6-6-0-0 record on the road while are 8-2-0-1 in their last 11 games.

The Wheat Kings (8-14-2-0) enter having lost five of their last six games after the 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Friday. Mason Ward, Nate Danielson and Calder Anderson scored in the losing cause while Carson Bjarnason made 33-saves. Brandon enters tonight 2-10-1-0 in their last 13 games and are 2-6-2-0 at home.

Tonight will be the third of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Wheat Kings; Lethbridge is 1-1-0-0 in two games against the Wheat Kings this season as the road team has won both contests.

Tonight’s game can be watched at Browns Socialhouse in Lethbridge, on WHL Live or heard on 106.7 ROCK.

DOWNLOAD GAME NOTES/STATS HERE: 2022-11-26 – LET at BRD


VS. WHEAT KINGS: Tonight will be the third of four meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Wheat Kings. This year, the ‘Canes have posted a 1-1-0-0 record against the Wheat Kings after going winless in four games posting a record of 0-4-0-0 against Brandon last year. The ‘Canes ended a six-game losing streak against the Wheat Kings on Friday with a 4-3 victory at Westoba Place. It was the Hurricanes first win against Brandon since January 25th, 2020 when Lethbridge earned a 6-5 overtime victory in Brandon. The ‘Canes are 73-82-3-1 with 10 ties all-time against the Wheat Kings while going 28-53-1-1 with three ties all-time in Brandon.

2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES                    
October 21st/2022 – at Lethbridge (2-1 BRD)
November 25th/2022 – at Brandon (4-3 LET)
November 26th/2022 – at Brandon
February 17th/2023 – at Lethbridge

2021-2022 REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
November 11th/2021 – at Brandon (5-2 BRD)
December 3rd/2021 – at Lethbridge (4-2 BRD)
February 18th/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-2 BRD)
March 4th/2022 – at Brandon (6-3 BRD)

2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (10) – Jett Jones
Assists (10) – Four Players
Points (18) – Cole Shepard
PIMS (32) – Joe Arntsen
Plus/Minus (+5) – Chase Pauls & Noah Chadwick
Wins (9) – Harrison Meneghin
Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.926) – Harrison Meneghin
Goals Against Average (2.24) – Harrison Meneghin

WHO’S HOT:
– Tyson Zimmer has points in 5 straight games (3g-3a); 6 of 8 games (4g-4a); 12 of 23 games (5g-10a)
– Jett Jones has points in 2 straight games (2g-1a); 8 of 12 games (6g-5a); 13 of 23 games (10g-7a)
– Logan Wormald has points in 8 of 10 games (5g-6a); 9 of 12 games (5g-7a); 12 of 19 games (6g-9a)
– Cole Shepard has points in 4 of 7 games (1g-4a); 6 of 10 games (2g-7a); 13 of 23 games (8g-10a)
– Tyson Laventure has points in 3 of 7 games (3g-2a); 7 of 12 games (5g-6a); 8 of 15 games (5g-7a)
– Tristan Zandee has points in 3 of 5 games (1g-2a); 4 of 8 games (1g-3a); 9 of 22 games (2g-8a)
– Nolan Bentham has points in 3 of 5 games (1g-2a); 4 of 9 games (3g-2a)
– Hayden Smith has points in 2 of 6 games (2a); 3 of 12 games (1g-2a)
– Brayden Edwards has points in 2 of 6 games (3a)
– Joe Arntsen has points in 2 of 7 games (1g-1a)

REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Nolan Bentham is 15 games away from 150 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 9 assists away from 50 career assists
– Jett Jones is 21 games away from 200 career games
– Jett Jones is 12 points away from 100 career points
– Logan Wormald is 21 games away from 100 career games
– Tyson Zimmer is 10 points away from 50 career points
– Hayden Smith is 3 games away from 100 career games
– Bryan Thomson is 5 games away from 100 career games
– Bryan Thomson is 4 wins away from 50 career wins

NEWS & NOTES:
Thru 24: The Hurricanes enter tonight with a record of 13-10-0-1 (27 points) on the season after 24 games. The ‘Canes are 7-4-0-1 at home while posting a record of 6-6-0-0 on the road. In 2021-2022, Lethbridge had gone 11-11-1-1 after 24 contests. Lethbridge went 5-6-0-0 in October and are 7-2-0-1 in November.

Streakin’: The Hurricanes enter play tonight having posted an 8-2-0-1 record in their last 11 games after earning a 4-3 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday. In their previous ten games, the ‘Canes had posted a record of 3-7-0-0. Lethbridge is currently 2-1-0-0 on a six-game road trip.

Big Trip: The ‘Canes opened a six-game road trip on Tuesday with a win in Winnipeg. Lethbridge will play four games in Manitoba before a pair in Washington State. By the time the ‘Canes return home, they’ll have traveled roughly 4,200 kilometres in two weeks.

Rookie Tendy: Hurricanes netminder Harrison Meneghin who was named the WHL Goaltender of the Week for his efforts the week of November 12th has been outstanding this season posting an 8-3-0-1 record with a 2.18 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. Meneghin has won his last five starts posting a 1.57 GAA and a sparkling .952 SV%.

Tight Games: Entering tonight, the Hurricanes have played to a one-goal margin in 15 of their last 17 games. The ‘Canes have gone 9-5-0-1 in those 15 one-goal games and have posted a 10-5-0-1 record in one-goal games this season. Lethbridge went 16-6-4-1 in single goal games last year.

Faceoff King: Jett Jones enters tonight as the WHL leader in faceoffs taken this season with 601 draws taken. The Olds, AB, product 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.

World U17: Miguel Marques and Tristen Doyle had a good showing at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Marques finished with six points (1g-5a) in six games while Doyle had one goal in six games, both for Canada-White. Hurricanes assistant coach Ryan Aasman won a silver medal with Canada-Red.

Coach Canada: Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio has been named as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the upcoming 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in Halifax and Moncton. Kisio served as the assistant coach for the National Junior Team in 2019. He has coached for Canada multiple times at the U17, U18 and U20 levels, highlighted by a gold medal as head coach at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in 2018.

After 2: The ‘Canes have posted a 11-1-0-0 record when leading after forty minutes. Lethbridge dropped a 4-2 decision to Edmonton on Nov. 19th marking the first time in over five years that they lost in regulation when leading after two periods. Prior to Saturday, Lethbridge had gone 90-0-5-3 when leading after forty.

First All-Time: The 2022-2023 season is Brent Kisio’s eighth season as the head coach of the Hurricanes. Kisio has posted a 249-164-39 regular season record and sits first all-time in coaching victories in Hurricanes’ franchise history. Kisio is the longest serving head coach in the WHL. He is also the seventh winningest coach among active WHL bench bosses.

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