Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes begin a two-game weekend tonight as they travel to Calgary to face the Hitmen at Scotiabank Saddledome at 7:00pm.
The Hurricanes (3-3-0-1) are coming off a 4-2 victory on Wednesday over the Regina Pats at the ENMAX Centre. The ‘Canes received a pair of goals from newcomer Ty Kolle as well as singles from Jake Elmer and Jordy Bellerive in the win. Reece Klassen picked up his third win of the season making 24 saves in the victory. It was the ‘Canes first home-ice win of the season as they snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Hitmen (0-5-1-0) are winless through six games this season after going a perfect 6-0-0-0 in the pre-season. Calgary enters tonight’s game having been shutout in each of their last two outings after shutout losses to the Red Deer Rebels and the Prince Albert Raiders. Calgary’s leading scorer is Jake Kryski who has four goals and five points in six games.
Tonight will be the first of six head-to-head meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Hitmen. Last year, the ‘Canes posted a 2-3-1-0 record against Calgary as the Hitmen won the final four meetings of the season.
Tonight’s game can be heard on 106.7 ROCK with Dustin Forbes starting with the pre-game show at 6:40pm.
VS. HITMEN: Tonight will be the first of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and the Hitmen. The ‘Canes posted a 2-3-1-0 record against Calgary last year. Lethbridge was 1-1-1-0 at Scotiabank Saddledome last year. Tonight will be the first of two meetings in two weeks between the two teams.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: TOP 5 HURRICANES SCORERS
October 12th/2018 – at Calgary Dylan Cozens – 5G, 7A – 12 points
October 26th/2018 – at Calgary Jordy Bellerive – 4G, 6A – 10 points
November 9th/2018 – at Lethbridge Taylor Ross – 4G, 4A – 8 points
December 16th/2018 – at Calgary Calen Addison – 1G, 6A – 7 points
February 13th/2019 – at Lethbridge Jackson Shepard – 0G, 6A – 6 points
March 9th/2019 – at Lethbridge
2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (5) – Dylan Cozens Assists (7) – Dylan Cozens
Points (12) – Dylan Cozens
PIMS (10) – Jordy Bellerive Plus/Minus (+6) – Igor Merezhko
Wins (3) – Reece Klassen Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.904) – Reece Klassen Goals Against Average (2.97) – Reece Klassen
– Jake Elmer has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a); 5 of 6 games (3g-3a)
– Logan Barlage has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a); 4 of 6 games (2g-2a)
– Jordy Bellerive has points in 6 of 7 games (4g-6a)
– Dylan Cozens has points in 6 of 7 games (5g-7a)
– Taylor Ross has points in 5 of 6 games (4g-4a); goals in 4 of 5 games (4g)
– Jackson Shepard has points in 5 of 7 games (6a)
– Keltie Jeri-Leon has points in 4 of 5 games (2g-2a)
– Calen Addison has points in 3 of 5 games (6a); in 4 of 7 games (1g-6a)
– Igor Merezhko has points in 2 of 3 games (3a)
– Reece Klassen has won 3 of 6 starts
– Dylan Cozens is tied for 8th in WHL Scoring with 12 points
– Dylan Cozens is tied 9th in WHL Goals with 5 & tied 1st in Game Winning Goals with 2
– Jordy Bellerive is tied 8th in WHL in Shots with 33
– Jordy Bellerive is tied for 4th in WHL Power Play Goals with 3
– Calen Addison is tied 4th in WHL Power Play Assists with 5
– Calen Addison is 8 games away from 150 career games
– Calen Addison is 16 assists away from 100 career assists
– Ty Prefontaine is 28 games away from 150 career games
– Taylor Ross is 28 games away from 200 career games
– Taylor Ross is 26 points away from 100 career points
– Ty Kolle is 20 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 7 games away from 150 career games
– Logan Barlage is 18 games away from 100 career games
– Koletrane Wilson is 33 games away from 100 career games
NEWS & NOTES:
Seven Thru: The ‘Canes have opened the 2018-2019 regular season with a 3-3-0-1 record after seven 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 and Prince Albert Raiders. After seven games last year, the ‘Canes were 3-4-0-0.
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 will play nine of 12 games against Central Division oppositions. The ‘Canes will play the Edmonton Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen each three times, the Medicine Hat Tigers twice and the Kootenay Ice once in that span.
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.