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GAME DAY: Hurricanes Welcome Cougars

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes return home to kick off a brief two game home-stand tonight when they welcome the league-leading Prince George Cougars at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes (5-6-1-1) enter tonight having dropped five straight games after suffering a 6-1 loss last Friday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings. The ‘Canes last victory was October 12th against the Victoria Royals when they earned a 5-2 win. The ‘Canes have posted a 4-2-1-0 record on home ice this season.

The Cougars (12-2-1-0) are coming off a 5-2 victory on Wednesday night in Cranbrook over the Kootenay Ice in the first of a three game Central Division road trip. Prince George boasts a league-best 25 points entering play tonight and have posted a 4-0-1-0 record in their last five games.

Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Hurricanes and Cougars. It is also “Cougar Night” at the ENMAX Centre – bring your mom, wife or significant other to the game and when you buy a regular priced Adult ticket you’ll receive $5.00 off the second ticket.

Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centres.

2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (7) – Ryley Lindgren                                                                Assists (13) – Brayden Burke
Points (16) – Ryley Lindgren & Brayden Burke
PIMS (39) – Igor Merezhko                                                Plus/Minus (+3) – Egor Babenko
Wins (5) – Stuart Skinner                                                   Shutouts (1) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.890) – Stuart Skinner                                        Goals Against Average (4.09) – Stuart Skinner

WHO’S HOT:
– Brayden Burke has points in 9 of 10 games (3g-13a)
– Jesse Zaharichuk has points in 7 of 10 games (6g-7a)
– Ryley Lindgren has points in 4 of 6 games (2g-3a); 8 of 11 games (6g-7a)
– Giorgio Estephan has points in 6 of 9 games (3g-6a)
– Brennan Menell has points in 5 of 8 games (1g-4a)
– Egor Babenko has points in 6 of 8 games (5g-3a)
– Tyler Wong has points in 5 of 10 games (6g-3a)

2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE LEADERS:
– Ryley Lindgren is tied 7th in WHL Scoring with 16 points
– Ryley Lindgren is tied 5th in WHL Goals with 7
– Jesse Zaharichuk is tied 10th in WHL Scoring with 13 points
– Jesse Zaharichuk is tied 6th in WHL Goals with 6
– Tyler Wong is tied 6th in WHL Goals with 6
– Tyler Wong is 3rd in WHL Power Play Goals with 4
– Brayden Burke is tied 3rd in WHL Assists with 13 & is tied 7th in WHL Scoring with 16 points
– Igor Merezhko is 1st in WHL Penalty Minutes with 39
– Calen Addison is tied 7th in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 8 points
– Calen Addison is tied 7th in WHL Rookie Scoring with 8 points (2nd among Rookie Defenseman Scoring)
– Calen Addison is tied 5th in WHL Rookie Assists with 5
– Stuart Skinner is tied 4th in WHL Wins with 5 & tied 2nd in WHL Losses with 6
– Stuart Skinner is tied 1st in WHL Shutouts with 1
– Stuart Skinner is 9th in WHL Minutes by a Goalie with 587 & is 3rd in WHL Shots (363) & 4th in Saves (323)

MILESTONE WATCH:
– Tyler Wong is 2 goals away from 100 career goals
– Tyler Wong is 2 points away from 200 career points
– Giorgio Estephan is 10 assists away from 200 career assists
– Kord Pankewicz is 5 assists away from 100 career assists
– Ryan Vandervlis is 9 games away from 100 career games
– Stuart Skinner is 5 wins away from 50 career wins

NEWS & NOTES:
200 For Estephan: Tonight will be the 200th WHL game for Hurricanes forward Giorgio Estephan. The four-year veteran has spent his entire career with the Hurricanes. In his 199 career games, Estephan has registered 159 points (69g-90a) along with 52 penalty minutes.

AP Call Up: The Hurricanes have called up 1999-born forward Connor Lyons for the weekend. Lyons was signed by the Hurricanes in September after going undrafted in the WHL Bantam Draft. Lyons, the son of former Hurricanes great Corey Lyons, has registered six points (4g-2a) in eight games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes Midget AAA so far this season.

Tough Stretch: Entering play tonight, the Hurricanes have dropped five straight games after falling 6-1 to the Brandon Wheat Kings last Friday. The ‘Canes didn’t lose five straight games at any point during the 2015-2016 season while only losing four straight games just once last year (twice including playoffs).

Adding Up: The Hurricanes are in a stretch where they play 10 of 15 games on the road. In the last two weeks, the ‘Canes have racked up roughly 3,744 kilometres in travel. In the next three weeks, the Hurricanes will also make two separate trips to Kamloops-Victoria-Vancouver before a weekend back at home to then head back to the U.S. as they will make a Seattle-Everett-Portland trip.

Early Strike: Entering play tonight, the Hurricanes have scored the first goal of the game in eight of 11 outings and in nine of 13 games this year. The ‘Canes have not scored first however in each of the last three games. Hurricanes are 5-2-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game and 0-4-0-0 when surrendering the first goal.

Good News for Giorgio: Fourth year forward Giorgio Estephan has been named to Team WHL for the upcoming 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series. Estephan is one of 12 forwards who will represent the WHL. He is the first Hurricane since Carter Ashton in 2009 to take part in the series.

Hockey Canada Calls: Hurricanes rookies Calen Addison and Josh Tarzwell are both competing at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Addison is competing for Canada Black while Tarzwell is suiting up for Canada Red. Hurricanes Head Coach Brent Kisio and Video Coach Andrew Doty are also serving Canada White at the tournament in the same roles.

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