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GAME DAY: Hurricanes Visit Thunderbirds in Third Game of Trip

Kent, WA – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will play the third of a four-game road trip tonight at 8:00pm MT against the Seattle Thunderbirds at accesso ShoWare Center.

The Hurricanes (24-15-2-2) enter on a five-game point streak having posted a 3-0-2-0 record in that span after suffering a 4-3 overtime loss on Wednesday in Everett to the Silvertips. Jett Jones, Joe Arntsen and Logan Wormald scored in the defeat while Harrison Meneghin made 28-saves. Lethbridge enters with an 8-3-1-0 record in their last 12 road games while going 11-8-1-0 overall away from home.

The Thunderbirds (30-7-1-1) enter five-hundred in their last six games after an East Division road trip. Seattle posted a 3-3-0-0 record in the six games in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and are coming off a 4-2 loss in Saskatoon on Saturday. Nico Myatovic and Kevin Korchinski scored in the defeat while Scott Ratzlaff made 18-saves in the loss. The T-Birds are 14-1-1-0 on home ice this season.

Tonight will be the first meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Thunderbirds and their visit matchup since January 3rd, 2020; it’s Lethbridge’s first trip to Seattle since January of 2019. 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: 2023-01-20 – LET at SEA


VS. THUNDERBIRDS: Tonight will be the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Thunderbirds. Tonight’s game will be the first meeting between Lethbridge and Seattle since January 3rd, 2020 while it’s the Hurricanes first visit to acccesso ShoWare Center since January 25th, 2019 when Lethbridge earned a 4-3 victory. The ‘Canes have posted an all-time record of 15-22-4-2 with three ties against the Thunderbirds while going 4-14-2-2 in Seattle.

2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES                    
January 20th/2023 – at Seattle

2019-2020 REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
January 3rd/2020 – at Lethbridge (5-4 OT SEA)

2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (17) – Logan Wormald
Assists (22) – Cole Shepard & Tyson Zimmer
Points (37) – Cole Shepard
PIMS (60) – Joe Arntsen
Plus/Minus (+12) – Chase Pauls
Wins (18) – Harrison Meneghin
Shutouts (1) – Harrison Meneghin
Save % (.922) – Bryan Thomson
Goals Against Average (2.37) – Bryan Thomson

WHO’S HOT:
– Jett Jones has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a); 6 of 8 games (2g-4a); 21 of 31 games (12g-18a)
– Logan Wormald has points in 2 straight games (2g); 5 of 11 games (6g-1a); 10 of 17 games (10g-6a)
– Cole Shepard has points in 2 straight games (2g-1a); 4 of 5 games (2g-4a); 27 of 41 games (15g-22a)
– Joe Arntsen has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a)
– Blake Swetlikoff has points in 9 of 11 games (5g-9a)
– Miguel Marques has points in 3 of 4 games (2g-1a); 6 of 10 games (2g-5a); 11 of 22 games (4g-8a)
– Tyson Laventure has points in 3 of 5 games (4g); 11 of 15 games (11g-8a); 17 of 25 games (14g-13a)
– Anton Astashevich has points in 3 of 5 games (1g-3a); 4 of 7 games (2g-3a); 8 of 19 games (2g-7a)
– Tristan Zandee has points in 3 of 5 games (1g-3a); 5 of 8 games (2g-4a); 7 of 16 games (4g-4a)
– Chase Pauls has points in 3 of 5 games (1g-2a); 4 of 7 games (2g-2a)
– Tyson Zimmer has points in 3 of 7 games (4a); 4 of 9 games (1g-4a); 23 of 41 games (11g-22a)
– Tristen Doyle has points in 5 of 8 games (2g-3a)
– Chase Pauls has points in 3 of 6 games (2g-1a); 5 of 21 games (4g-2a)

REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Logan McCutcheon is 12 games away from 150 career games
– Chase Pauls is 15 games away from 150 career games
– Nolan Bentham is 9 games away from 150 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 23 games away from 200 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 3 assists away from 50 career assists
– Jett Jones is 2 games away from 200 career games
– Jett Jones is 1 goal away from 50 career goals
– Logan Wormald is 2 games away from 100 career games
– Cole Shepard is 14 points away from 100 career points
– Tyson Laventure is 2 assists away from 50 career assists
– Tyson Laventure is 17 points away from 100 career points
– Bryan Thomson is 2 games away from 100 career games
– Bryan Thomson is 2 wins away from 50 career wins

NEWS & NOTES:
Thru 43: The Hurricanes enter tonight with a record of 24-15-2-2 (52 points) on the season after 43 games. The ‘Canes are 13-7-1-2 at home while posting a record of 11-8-1-0 on the road. In 2021-2022, Lethbridge had gone 19-21-1-2 after 43 contests. Lethbridge went 6-4-0-0 December and are 4-1-2-1 in January.

Road Trippin’: The Hurricanes are in the midst of a four-game road trip that will see them make their first visit to the Pacific Northwest since January of 2019. The ‘Canes are 1-0-1-0 on the road trip so far. Lethbridge will span roughly 3,000 kilometres (1,870 miles) on their week-long trip.

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.

Great Fit: 19-year-old forward Blake Swetlikoff has fit in seamlessly with the Hurricanes since being acquired from the Spokane Chiefs on January 5th in exchange for two draft picks and the rights to 2006-born forward Jack Lackas. Swetlikoff has racked up seven points (2g-5a) in six games with the ‘Canes and enters with points in nine of his last 11 games totaling 14 points (5g-9a) in that span.

Streakin’: The Hurricanes enter play tonight having posted a 3-0-2-0 record in their last five games while having won 10 of their last 17 games. Lethbridge has posted a 19-7-2-2 record in their last 30 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 8-3-1-0 in their last 12 away.

Strong PK: Entering tonight, the Hurricanes have allowed just two power play goals against in their last 11 games having killed 40-of-42 penalties taken in that span for a kill rate of 95.2%. Oppositions have gone just 7-for-63 in the last 17 games – resulting in an 88.9% kill rate for the Hurricanes in that span.

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 1,087 draws taken, averaging 25.3 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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