GAME DAY: Hurricanes Visit Oil Kings at 4:00pm
Edmonton, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will continue a stretch of six games in six different cities this afternoon at 4:00pm as they visit the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rogers Place.
The Hurricanes (25-16-3-2) enter after earning a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg ICE at the ENMAX Centre on Friday night. Hayden Smith and Blake Swetlikoff scored in the victory while Bryan Thomson made 28-saves and was named the first star of the game. Lethbridge improved to 4-1-3-1 in their last nine games. The ‘Canes enter play today with a 11-9-2-0 record on the road this season.
The Oil Kings (7-35-3-0) earned a 3-0 shutout victory at home against the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night. Gavin Hodnett, Dawson Seitz and Noah Boyko all scored unassisted goals while goaltender Kolby Hay was sensational stopping all 44 Calgary shots for his first career shutout in the win. Edmonton enters today with a 3-5-2-0 record in their last ten games and are 4-16-3-0 at home.
Today will be the fifth of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings; Lethbridge has posted a 2-1-0-1 record in the first four contests after suffering a shootout loss at the ENMAX Centre in the last meeting on January 7th. Today’s game can be watched at Browns Socialhouse in Lethbridge, on WHL Live or heard on 106.7 ROCK.
DOWNLOAD GAME NOTES/STATS HERE: 2023-01-29 – LET at EDM
VS. OIL KINGS: Tonight will be the fifth of six meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings. The ‘Canes have posted a 2-1-0-1 record against Oil Kings this season, The Hurricanes went 2-5-0-1 in eight games against Edmonton while falling in four-straight games in the first round of the WHL Playoffs. Over the last two years, Lethbridge has posted a record of 5-10-1-2 against Edmonton. The Hurricanes have gone 43-45-4-4 all-time against the Oil Kings.
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
November 19th/2022 – at Lethbridge (4-3 EDM)
December 14th/2022 – at Lethbridge (4-1 LET)
January 1st/2023 – at Edmonton (4-2 LET)
January 7th/2023 – at Lethbridge (3-2 SO EDM)
January 29th/2023 – at Edmonton
March 18th/2023 – at Edmonton
2021-2022 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
October 6th/2021 – at Lethbridge (2-1 EDM)
October 15th/2021 – at Edmonton (4-0 EDM)
November 2nd/2021 – at Edmonton (7-0 EDM)
November 26th/2021 – at Lethbridge (3-2 LET)
January 16th/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-4 SO EDM)
January 30th/2022 – at Edmonton (6-0 EDM)
March 25th/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-2 EDM)
March 27th/2022 – at Edmonton (5-1 LET)
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (18) – Logan Wormald
Assists (22) – Cole Shepard & Tyson Zimmer
Points (38) – Cole Shepard
PIMS (64) – Joe Arntsen
Plus/Minus (+9) – Chase Pauls
Wins (18) – Harrison Meneghin
Shutouts (1) – Harrison Meneghin
Save % (.924) – Bryan Thomson
Goals Against Average (2.25) – Bryan Thomson
– Joe Arntsen has points in 2 straight games (2a); 4 of 5 games (1g-3a)
– Tyson Laventure has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-2a); 5 of 8 games (5g-2a); 13 of 18 games (12g-10a)
– Hayden Smith has points in 2 of 3 games (2g-1a); 3 of 8 games (3g-1a)
– Jett Jones has points in 3 of 5 games (1g-2a); 7 of 11 games (2g-5a); 22 of 34 games (12g-19a)
– Logan Wormald has points in 3 of 5 games (3g); 6 of 14 games (7g-1a); 11 of 20 games (11g-6a)
– Cole Shepard has points in 3 of 5 games (3g-1a); 5 of 8 games (3g-4a); 28 of 44 games (16g-22a)
– Blake Swetlikoff has points in 10 of 14 games (6g-9a)
– Chase Pauls has points in 4 of 8 games (1g-3a); 5 of 10 games (2g-3a)
– Miguel Marques has points in 3 of 7 games (2g-1a); 6 of 13 games (2g-5a); 11 of 25 games (4g-8a)
– Anton Astashevich has points in 3 of 8 games (1g-3a); 4 of 10 games (2g-3a); 8 of 22 games (2g-7a)
– Tyson Zimmer has points in 3 of 10 games (4a); 4 of 12 games (1g-4a); 23 of 44 games (11g-22a)
– Tristen Doyle has points in 5 of 11 games (2g-3a)
REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Logan McCutcheon is 9 games away from 150 career games
– Chase Pauls is 12 games away from 150 career games
– Nolan Bentham is 6 games away from 150 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 20 games away from 200 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 1 assist away from 50 career assists
– Jett Jones is 1 goal away from 50 career goals
– Cole Shepard is 13 points away from 100 career points
– Tyson Laventure is 14 points away from 100 career points
– Bryan Thomson is 1 win away from 50 career wins
NEWS & NOTES:
Thru 46: The Hurricanes enter tonight with a record of 25-16-3-2 (55 points) on the season after 46 games. The ‘Canes are 14-7-1-2 at home while posting a record of 11-9-2-0 on the road. In 2021-2022, Lethbridge had gone 20-23-1-2 after 46 contests. Lethbridge went 6-4-0-0 December and are 5-2-3-1 in January.
Cen-tendy: Overage goaltender Bryan Thomson became just the eighth netminder in Hurricanes history to play 100+ games with his victory over the Winnipeg ICE on January 27th. He is the first to reach the 100-game mark since Stuart Skinner, who is the all-time leader (182GP). Thomson is also one win shy of becoming the seventh goalie in ‘Canes history to reach the 50-win mark.
Streakin’: The Hurricanes enter play tonight having posted a 4-1-3-1 record in their last nine games. Lethbridge has posted a 20-8-3-2 record in their last 33 games. The ‘Canes are equally as hot on home ice having gone an impressive 12-4-1-2 in their last 19 games on home ice while going 8-4-2-0 in their last 14 games away from home.
Strong PK: Entering tonight, the Hurricanes have allowed just five power play goals against in their last 14 games having killed 46-of-51 penalties taken in that span for a kill rate of 90.2%. Oppositions have gone just 10-for-72 in the last 20 games – resulting in an 86.1% 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 18-9-2-1 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 16-6-2-1 record in his last 25 starts.
Faceoff King: Jett Jones enters tonight as the WHL leader in faceoffs taken this season with 1,153 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.
WJC Gold: Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio helped lead Canada’s National Junior Team to a gold medal at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in Halifax early this month serving as an assistant coach. It was Kisio’s second tenure as an assistant coach of the World Junior Team, having served in 2019.