GAME DAY: Hurricanes Welcome Broncos in Final Meeting
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue their season-long five-game homestand tonight at 7:00pm as they welcome the Swift Current Broncos at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes (21-15-0-2) enter on a two-game losing streak after suffering a 3-2 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday. Blake Swetlikoff scored in his ‘Canes debut while Logan Wormald had a goal and an assist in the loss; Bryan Thomson made 29-saves in his return from injury. Lethbridge enters with an 11-7-0-2 record at home this season.
The Broncos (19-15-0-1) enter on a season-long seven-game winning streak, longest active currently in the WHL, after earning a 3-1 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers last night at home. Josh Filmon, Braeden Lewis and Luke Mistelbacher scored in the win while goatlender Joey Rocha made 37-saves in the victory. Swift Current enters play with a 7-6-0-0 road victory this season.
Tonight will be the final of seven meetings on the season between the Hurricanes and Broncos; Lethbridge has posted a 4-2-0-0 record against Swift Current so far this year. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre, the Yates Memorial Theatre Ticket Centre, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or online at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com.
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VS. BRONCOS: Tonight will be the sixth of seven head-to-head meetings between the Hurricanes and Broncos. Lethbridge has posted a 4-2-0-0 record so far this year. The ‘Canes went 2-6-0-0 in eight games against the Broncos last year. Lethbridge is 91-100-7-3 with 12 ties all-time against the Broncos, including going 60-34-5-2 with five ties all-time at the ENMAX Centre.
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
October 22nd/2022 – at Swift Current (3-2 LET)
October 26th/2022 – at Swift Current (5-4 SC)
November 12th/2022 – at Lethbridge (2-1 LET)
December 6th/2022 – at Lethbridge (7-2 LET)
December 10th/2022 – at Swift Current (4-3 SO LET)
December 30th/2022 – at Swift Current (4-3 SC)
January 11th/2023 – at Lethbridge
2021-2022 REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
November 6th/2021 – at Swift Current (7-2 SC)
December 27th/2021 – at Swift Current (4-2 SC)
December 28th/2021 – at Lethbridge (5-2 SC)
January 12th/2022 – at Lethbridge (3-2 OT LET)
January 22nd/2022 – at Swift Current (3-1 SC)
February 2nd/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-2 LET)
February 5th/2022 – at Swift Current (2-1 SC)
March 30th/2022 – at Lethbridge (6-4 SC)
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (15) – Jett Jones
Assists (20) – Tyson Zimmer
Points (33) – Jett Jones
PIMS (51) – Joe Arntsen
Plus/Minus (+5) – Chase Pauls
Wins (17) – Harrison Meneghin
Shutouts (1) – Harrison Meneghin
Save % (.912) – Harrison Meneghin
Goals Against Average (2.70) – Harrison Meneghin
– Blake Swetlikoff has points in 6 straight games (4g-4a)
– Jett Jones has points in 3 straight games (1g-2a); 4 of 5 games (1g-3a); 18 of 26 games (11g-16a)
– Tyson Zimmer has points in 2 straight games (2a); 3 of 4 games (1g-2a); 22 of 36 games (11g-20a)
– Cole Shepard has points in 5 of 6 games (2g-5a); 6 of 8 games (3g-6a); 24 of 37 games (13g-19a)
– Tristen Doyle has points in 3 of 4 games (2g-1a)
– Brayden Edwards has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-2a); 3 of 5 games (1g-3a); 6 of 14 games (3g-4a)
– Tristan Zandee has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-1a); 4 of 11 games (3g-1a)
– Logan Wormald has points in 3 of 6 games (4g-1a); 8 of 12 games (8g-6a); 20 of 34 games (13g-15a)
– Miguel Marques has points in 3 of 5 games (4a); 6 of 11 games (1g-7a); 8 of 17 games (2g-7a)
– Joe Arntsen has points in 3 of 5 games (1g-2a); 5 of 10 games (1g-4a)
– Chase Pauls has points in 3 of 8 games (3g-1a)
– Anton Astashevich has points in 5 of 14 games (1g-4a)
– Tyson Laventure has points in 8 of 10 games (7g-8a); 14 of 20 games (10g-13a)
REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Joe Arntsen is 4 assists away from 50 career assists
– Jett Jones is 7 games away from 200 career games
– Jett Jones is 2 goals away from 50 career goals
– Logan Wormald is 7 games away from 100 career games
– Cole Shepard is 19 points away from 100 career points
– Tyson Laventure is 2 assists away from 50 career assists
– Tyson Laventure is 21 points away from 100 career points
– Bryan Thomson is 4 games away from 100 career games
– Bryan Thomson is 4 wins away from 50 career wins
NEWS & NOTES:
Thru 38: The Hurricanes enter tonight with a record of 21-15-0-2 (44 points) on the season after 38 games. The ‘Canes are 11-7-0-2 at home while posting a record of 10-8-0-0 on the road. In 2021-2022, Lethbridge had gone 17-18-1-2 after 38 contests. Lethbridge went 6-4-0-0 December and are 1-1-0-1 in January.
Nice Debut: 19-year-old forward Blake Swetlikoff had a strong debut for the Hurricanes last Saturday potting a goal while going 70.6% in the faceoff circle. He was acquired from the Spokane Chiefs on January 5th from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a two draft picks and the rights to 2006-born forward Jack Lackas. Swetlikoff enters tonight on a six-game point streak totaling eight points (4g-4a) in that span.
Golden Coach: Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio returns to the ‘Canes after capturing a gold medal with the Canadian National Junior Team at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship. Kisio served as an assistant coach on the team which became the first team to repeat as gold medalists since 2009. Kisio became the first ‘Canes representative to win gold at the tournament since 2020 when Dylan Cozens and Calen Addison won gold with Canada in Czechia. The Hurricanes went 5-4-0-0 without Kisio at the helm.
2022 Calendar: The Hurricanes ended the 2022 calendar year on Friday with a 4-3 loss to the Swift Current Broncos. In 2022, the ‘Canes posted a 44-31-2-2 record in 79 regular season games played. Lethbridge posted a record of 21-14-0-2 at home while going an impressive 23-17-2-0 on the road in 2022.
Streakin’: The Hurricanes enter play tonight having won seven of their last 12 games. Lethbridge has posted a 16-7-0-2 record in their last 25 games. The ‘Canes are equally as hot on home ice having gone an impressive 9-4-0-2 in their last 15 games on home ice while going 7-3-0-0 in their last ten away.
Strong PK: Entering tonight, the Hurricanes have allowed just on power play goal against in their last six games having killed 23-of-24 penalties taken in that span for a kill rate of 95.8%. Oppositions have gone just 6-for-45 in the last 12 games – resulting in an 86.7% kill rate for the Hurricanes in that span.
Rookie Tendy: Hurricanes netminder Harrison Meneghin enters tonight with a 17-8-0-1 record, sitting three 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 15-5-0-1 record in his last 21 starts.
Faceoff King: Jett Jones enters tonight as the WHL leader in faceoffs taken this season with 969 draws taken, averaging 25.5 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.