Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes travel to Medicine Hat as they kick off their second round playoff series with the Tigers at 7:30pm at the Canalta Centre.
The Hurricanes find themselves in the second round of the post-season for the first time since 2009 after erasing a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Red Deer Rebels in the first round. The ‘Canes last played on Tuesday earning a 6-2 victory in Game 7 at the ENMAX Centre.
The Tigers have had a nine day layover after sweeping the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round of the post-season. Medicine Hat last played when they earned a 3-2 win in Dauphin over the Wheaties on March 29th. The Tigers were the first team to advance to the second round of the post-season.
This series will be just the second time in history that the Hurricanes and Tigers will square off in post-season play and the first time since 1991 when the ‘Canes beat the Tigers in seven games. The two teams played seven times during the regular season with the Hurricanes posting a 3-4-0-0 record.
Game 1 and Game 2 in Medicine Hat can be watched at Browns Socialhouse in Lethbridge or heard on 106.7 ROCK. The series will also be broadcast on the WHL on SHAW.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 1 of the best-of-seven series between the Hurricanes and the Tigers. The ‘Canes and Tigers have not met in the WHL post-season since 1991 when the Hurricanes eliminated them in seven games – that was the only time in history the two have faced off in the playoffs.
PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary) HURRICANE TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – April 7th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat Tyler Wong – 5G. 6A, 10 points
Game 2 – April 8th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat Egor Babenko – 3G, 6A – 9 points
Game 3 – April 11th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Giorgio Estephan – 2G, 7A – 9 points
Game 4 – April 12th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Zak Zborosky – 2G, 6A – 8 points
*Game 5 – April 14th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat Brennan Menell – 3G, 5A – 8 points
*Game 6 – April 16th, 6:00pm – at Lethbridge
*Game 7 – April 18th, 7:00pm – at Medicine Hat
2016-2017 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (5) – Tyler Wong Assists (6) – Egor Babenko
Points (9) – Egor Babenko
PIMS (10) – Jordy Bellerive Plus/Minus (+7) – Giorgio Estephan
Wins (3) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.924) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (2.69) – Stuart Skinner
- REBELS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Rebels met six times in the 2016-2017 regular season with the ‘Canes posting a 5-0-1-0 record. The ‘Canes were 12-1-1-0 in their last 14 regular season head-to-head meetings. The lone Red Deer win came December 3rd at the ENMAX Centrium.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: HURRICANE TOP 5 SEASON SCORERS
October 29th/2016 – at Lethbridge (6-1 Hurricanes) Tyler Wong – 51G, 58A – 109 points
December 2nd/2016 – at Lethbridge (5-3 Hurricanes) Giorgio Estephan – 35G, 54A – 89 points
December 3rd/2016 – at Red Deer (3-2 OT Rebels) Zak Zborosky – 41G, 33A – 74 points
January 7th/2017 – at Lethbridge (3-1 Hurricanes) Brennan Menell – 12G, 59A – 71 points
February 1st/2017 – at Red Deer (3-2 OT Hurricanes) Matt Alfaro – 25G, 35A – 60 points
February 8th/2017 – at Red Deer (7-3 Hurricanes)
2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (51) – Tyler Wong Assists (59) – Brennan Menell
Points (109) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (103) – Zane Franklin Plus/Minus (+29) – Tyler Wong
Wins (34) – Stuart Skinner Shutouts (2) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.906) – Stuart Skinner Goals Against Average (3.26) – Stuart Skinner
2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE LEADERS:
– Tyler Wong was tied 1st in WHL Goals with 51 & 3rd in WHL Scoring with 109 points
– Tyler Wong was tied 4th in WHL PP Goals with 15 & tied 2nd in WHL Game Winning Goals with 10
– Giorgio Estephan was tied 11th in WHL Goals with 35 & is tied 9th in WHL Scoring with 89 points
– Zak Zborosky was 5th in WHL Goals with 41 & tied 3rd in WHL Power Play Goals with 16
– Brennan Menell was tied 3rd in WHL PP Assists with 28 & 2nd in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 71 points
– Brennan Menell was tied 9th in WHL Defenseman Goals with 12 & 1st in WHL Defenseman Assists with 59
– Calen Addison was tied 10th in WHL Rookie Scoring with 33 points (2nd among Rookie D-man Scoring)
– Calen Addison was 1st among 2000-born scorers in the WHL with 33 points
– Stuart Skinner was 2nd in Games Played (60); 2nd in WHL Wins with 34 & tied 6th in WHL Losses with 18
– Stuart Skinner was 2nd in WHL Minutes by a Goalie (3386) & 2nd in WHL Shots (1933) & 2nd Saves (1749)
NEWS & NOTES:
Been a While: The Hurricanes and Tigers will square off in a post-season series for just the second time in history. The only previous meeting was back in 1991 when the ‘Canes knocked off the Tigers in seven games. Bob Loucks was the head coach of the Hurricanes that season.
The Comeback: For the first time in franchise history the Hurricanes erased a 3-1 deficit to win a series in seven games. The ‘Canes fell behind 3-1 after losing Games 1, 3 and 4 but were able to battle back in the series eventually eliminating the Red Deer Rebels in Game 7 in Lethbridge on Tuesday.
Seventh Heaven: With their win in Game 7 against the Rebels, the Hurricanes are a perfect 4-0 in Game 7’s in their history. The ‘Canes have won three of those Game 7’s on home ice. Tuesday was the first Game 7 played in Lethbridge since 1991 when the ‘Canes defeated the Tigers in seven games.
Locked Down: The Hurricanes, who had a difficult time holding leads early in their first round series with the Rebels, have been terrific in each of the last three third periods. The ‘Canes heading into Game 5 had been outscored 10-2 in the final twenty minutes. In Game’s 5 to 7, the ‘Canes outscored Red Deer 6-1.