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GAME DAY: Hurricanes to End Trip in Portland

Portland, OR – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will end a four-game road trip tonight at 7:00pm MT as they play the 2,500th game in team history against Portland Winterhawks at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Hurricanes (24-15-3-2) enter on a seven-game point streak having gone 3-0-3-1 in that span after suffering their second-straight overtime loss on Friday falling 3-2 in Seattle. Hayden Smith and Cole Shepard scored the goals while Bryan Thomson made 25-saves in the defeat. Lethbridge enters 8-3-2-0 in their last 13 road games and are 11-8-2-0 on the road this season.

The Winterhawks (29-18-2-1) ended a two-game losing streak on Friday with a wild 7-6 overtime win over the Victoria Royals in their return home from their six-game East Division road trip. James Stefan, Robbie Fromm-Delorme and Gabe Klassen all scored twice while Kyle Chyzowski netted the overtime winner. Dante Gianuzzi made 29-saves in the victory. Portland enters 18-1-1-1 this season having won their last eight home games.

Tonight will be the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Winterhawks and the first meeting since October 4th, 2019. Lethbridge has posted a 3-1-0-0 record in the last four meetings against Portland. 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: 2023-01-21 – LET at POR


VS. WINTERHAWKS: Tonight will be the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Winterhawks while it will be their first meeting since October 4th, 2019. Tonight will be Lethbridge’s first visit to Portland since January of 2019. The Hurricanes have posted a 3-1-0-0 record in the last four head-to-head meetings against the Winterhawks. Lethbridge is 20-19-2-0 with five ties all-time against Portland, including going 7-13-0-0 with two ties in the Rose City.

2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES                    
January 21st/2023 – at POR

2019-2020 REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
October 4th/2019 – at LET (4-2 LET)

2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (17) – Logan Wormald
Assists (22) – Cole Shepard & Tyson Zimmer
Points (38) – Cole Shepard
PIMS (62) – Joe Arntsen
Plus/Minus (+12) – Chase Pauls
Wins (18) – Harrison Meneghin
Shutouts (1) – Harrison Meneghin
Save % (.917) – Bryan Thomson
Goals Against Average (2.46) – Bryan Thomson

WHO’S HOT:
– Cole Shepard has points in 3 straight games (3g-1a); 5 of 6 games (3g-4a); 28 of 42 games (16g-22a)
– Tyson Laventure has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-1a); 4 of 6 games (4g-1a); 12 of 16 games (11g-9a)
– Jett Jones has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-1a); 6 of 9 games (2g-4a); 21 of 32 games (12g-18a)
– Logan Wormald has points in 2 of 3 games (2g); 5 of 12 games (6g-1a); 10 of 18 games (10g-6a)
– Joe Arntsen has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-1a)
– Blake Swetlikoff has points in 9 of 12 games (5g-9a)
– Miguel Marques has points in 3 of 5 games (2g-1a); 6 of 11 games (2g-5a); 11 of 23 games (4g-8a)
– Anton Astashevich has points in 3 of 6 games (1g-3a); 4 of 8 games (2g-3a); 8 of 20 games (2g-7a)
– Tristan Zandee has points in 3 of 6 games (1g-3a); 5 of 9 games (2g-4a); 7 of 17 games (4g-4a)
– Chase Pauls has points in 3 of 6 games (1g-2a); 4 of 8 games (2g-2a)
– Tyson Zimmer has points in 3 of 8 games (4a); 4 of 10 games (1g-4a); 23 of 42 games (11g-22a)
– Tristen Doyle has points in 5 of 9 games (2g-3a)
– Chase Pauls has points in 3 of 7 games (2g-1a); 5 of 22 games (4g-2a)

REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Logan McCutcheon is 11 games away from 150 career games
– Chase Pauls is 14 games away from 150 career games
– Nolan Bentham is 8 games away from 150 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 22 games away from 200 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 3 assists away from 50 career assists
– Jett Jones is 1 game away from 200 career games
– Jett Jones is 1 goal away from 50 career goals
– Logan Wormald is 1 game away from 100 career games
– Cole Shepard is 13 points away from 100 career points
– Tyson Laventure is 1 assist away from 50 career assists
– Tyson Laventure is 16 points away from 100 career points
– Bryan Thomson is 1 game away from 100 career games
– Bryan Thomson is 2 wins away from 50 career wins

NEWS & NOTES:
Thru 44: The Hurricanes enter tonight with a record of 24-15-3-2 (53 points) on the season after 44 games. The ‘Canes are 13-7-1-2 at home while posting a record of 11-8-2-0 on the road. In 2021-2022, Lethbridge had gone 19-22-1-2 after 44 contests. Lethbridge went 6-4-0-0 December and are 4-1-3-1 in January.

Road Trippin’: The Hurricanes will end a four-game road trip tonight against the Winterhawks. It’s the first visit to the Pacific Northwest since January of 2019. The ‘Canes are 1-0-2-0 on the road trip so far. Lethbridge will span roughly 3,000 kilometres (1,870 miles) on their week-long trip.

Cen-tendy: Overage goaltender Bryan Thomson enters tonight’s game sitting at 99 career games played in his WHL career. With his next appearance, the Moose Jaw, SK, product will become just the eighth netminder in Hurricanes history to play 100+ games, the last to reach that make is the all-time leader in Stuart Skinner (182GP). Thomson is also two wins shy of becoming the seventh goalie in ‘Canes history to reach the 50-win mark.

Streakin’: The Hurricanes enter play tonight having posted a 3-0-3-0 record in their last six games while having won 10 of their last 18 games. Lethbridge has posted a 19-7-3-2 record in their last 31 games. The ‘Canes are equally as hot on home ice having gone an impressive 11-4-1-2 in their last 17 games on home ice while going 8-3-2-0 in their last 13 away.

Strong PK: Entering tonight, the Hurricanes have allowed just three power play goals against in their last 12 games having killed 43-of-46 penalties taken in that span for a kill rate of 93.5%. Oppositions have gone just 8-for-67 in the last 18 games – resulting in an 88.1% kill rate for the Hurricanes in that span.

Central Scouting: A trio of Hurricanes – Noah Chadwick (147th), Logan Wormald (160th) and Harrison Meneghin (27th) – were ranked among North American Skaters and Goaltenders by the NHL Central Scouting Service’s Midterm Rankings. Chadwick and Wormald were ranked as ‘C’ Skaters on the Preliminary Players to Watch List while Meneghin was previously unranked.

Rookie Tendy: Hurricanes netminder Harrison Meneghin enters tonight with a 18-8-2-1 record, sitting two 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 16-5-2-1 record in his last 24 starts.

Faceoff King: Jett Jones enters tonight as the WHL leader in faceoffs taken this season with 1,106 draws taken, averaging 25.1 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.

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