Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will open the 2022-2023 regular season tonight at 7:00pm when they visit the Medicine Hat Tigers at Co-op Place.
The Hurricanes finished the 2022 ENMAX Pre-Season with a 3-0-1-0 record after sweeping a pair of games last weekend against the Red Deer Rebels. The ‘Canes were led by Logan Wormald and Tristan Zandee who shared the point-scoring lead with six points each in the exhibition season while Jared Picklyk and Harrison Meneghin both posted above .930 save percentages in the tune up sked. Lethbridge outscored the opposition 19-13 in the four games.
The Tigers wrapped up their four-game exhibition season with a record of 3-1-0-0 after winning a pair of games against the Swift Current Broncos last weekend. Medicine Hat finished the pre-season with eight players at-or-above a point-per-game pace, including Dallon Melin, Brendan Lee and Gavin McKenna who tied for the team lead with four points each.
Tonight will be the first of eight head-to-head meetings between the Hurricanes and Tigers in the 2022-2023 regular season. Lethbridge posted an 8-0-0-0 record against Medicine Hat last year. 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: 2022-09-24 – LET at MH
VS. TIGERS: Tonight will be the first of eight head-to-head meetings between the Hurricanes and Tigers. The Hurricanes posted a 1-0-1-0 record in two exhibition games against the Tigers. Last year, Lethbridge was a perfect 8-0-0-0 against Medicine Hat, marking the first time in franchise history the ‘Canes swept the season series against the Tigers. Lethbridge has posted an all-time record of 132-141-5-10 with 7 ties against Medicine Hat, including a 58-81-4-2 record with four ties in the Gas City.
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
September 24th/2022 – at Medicine Hat
September 30th/2022 – at Lethbridge
November 5th/2022 – at Medicine Hat
December 9th/2022 – at Lethbridge
December 27th/2022 – at Lethbridge
February 4th/2023 – at Medicine Hat
February 10th/2023 – at Lethbridge
February 11th/2023 – at Medicine Hat
2021-2022 REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
November 19th/2021 – at Lethbridge (7-3 LET)
December 17th/2021 – at Lethbridge (6-4 LET)
December 18th/2021 – at Medicine Hat (5-3 LET)
January 15th/2022 – at Medicine Hat (6-3 LET)
February 19th/2022 – at Medicine Hat (2-1 LET)
February 26th/2022 – at Lethbridge (9-2 LET)
April 1st/2022 – at Lethbridge (6-3 LET)
April 2nd/2022 – at Medicine Hat (6-1 LET)
2022 PRE-SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (3) – Logan Wormald & Tristan Zandee
Assists (4) – Hayden Smith & Brayden Edwards
Points (6) – Logan Wormald & Tristan Zandee
PIMS (8) – Brayden Edwards
Plus/Minus (+5) – Hayden Smith & Tristan Zandee
Wins (1) – Three Goaltenders
Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.938) – Harrison Meneghin
Goals Against Average (1.98) – Jared Picklyk
WHO’S HOT (Dating Back to Last Regular Season):
– Alex Thacker has points in 7 straight games (4g-7a); 10 of 13 games (5g-11a)
– Joe Arntsen has points in 6 straight games (3g-7a)
– Brayden Edwards has points in 3 straight games (3g-2a); 10 of 11 games (8g-6a); 13 of 15 (9g-10a)
– Logan Wormald has points in 2 straight games (2a); 9 of 10 games (5g-6a)
– Cole Carrier has points in 2 straight games (2a); 3 of 4 games (3a)
– Miguel Marques has points in 5 of 6 games (1g-4a); 6 of 8 games (2g-4a)
– Jett Jones has points in 3 of 4 games (2g-2a); 6 of 9 games (3g-8a)
– Tyson Laventure has points in 3 of 4 games (5a); 8 of 10 games (2g-8a)
– Logan McCutcheon has points in 2 of 3 games (2a); 7 of 9 games (1g-6a)
– Cole Shepard has points in 6 of 8 games (3g-4a); 8 of 11 games (3g-6a)
– Chase Pauls has points in 6 of 9 games (4g-4a)
REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Logan McCutcheon is 5 games away from 100 career games
– Chase Pauls is 6 games away from 100 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 26 games away from 150 career games
– Jett Jones is 45 games away from 200 career games
– Jett Jones is 29 points away from 100 career points
– Alex Thacker is 2 games away from 150 career games
– Ty Nash is 7 games away from 150 career games
– Tristan Zandee is 20 games away from 100 career games
– Cole Shepard is 22 games away from 100 career games
– Tyson Laventure is 17 games away from 150 career games
NEWS & NOTES:
Tune Up Complete: The Hurricanes posted an impressive 3-0-1-0 record in their four-game pre-season. The ‘Canes earned wins against Medicine Hat and a pair against Red Deer. Lethbridge outscored their opposition 19 to 13 in the four games, an average of 4.75 to 3.25 per game.
Shep-Repped: On Wednesday, the ‘Canes announced the acquisition of overage forward Cole Shepard from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2023. Shepard had 20 points (7g-13a) in 28 games in 2021-2022 with the Giants. He is the younger brother of former Hurricanes forward Jackson Shepard who spent the 2018-2019 season in Lethbridge.
Gone Campin’: A trio of Hurricanes players attended NHL Training Camps. Joe Arntsen participated in Carolina Hurricanes Rookie Camp while Ty Nash, who attended Carolina’s camp in 2021, was invited to Edmonton Oilers Rookie Camp. In addition, newly acquired forward Cole Shepard is still with the Vancouver Canucks having advanced to their Main Camp.
Good Showing: The ‘Canes had five players average at or above a point-per-game pace in the 2022 ENMAX Pre-Season. Logan Wormald (3g-3a) and Tristan Zandee (3g-3a) tied for the team lead in goals and points while Brayden Edwards (1g-4a) and Hayden Smith (1g-4a) also finished above a point-per-game pace while defenceman Chase Pauls had three points (1g-2a) in three games.
20-Goal Guy: Hurricanes co-captain Jett Jones is the only returning 20-goal scorer from the 2021-2022 season. Jones finished last year with 20 goals and 42 points in 68 games, finishing fourth in team-scoring. Only Justin Hall (34) and Yegor Klavdiev (21) had more goals last year.
AA: Hurricanes have added European forward Anton Astashevich. The Belarus-born forward spent the 2021-2022 season with the Calgary Hitmen totaling seven points (2g-5a) in 45 regular season games. Astashevich will be the only import on the Hurricanes roster. He had two points (1g-1a) in three pre-season games.
Off-Season Moves: Over the off-season, the ‘Canes made a collection of trades, including the acquisition of 2002-born forward Cole Carrier from the Regina Pats in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2023. Carrier appeared in 65 games in 2021-2022 with the Pats totaling 27 points (15g-12a). The ‘Canes also traded forward Reid MacKay and Briley Wood and defenceman Easton Kovacs for draft picks.