PLAYOFF GAME DAY: Hurricanes Host Oil Kings in Game 3
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes return to the ENMAX Centre tonight at 7:00pm as they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 3 of their best-of-seven first-round series.
The Hurricanes trail the series 2-0 after dropping both Game 1 and Game 2 in Edmonton at Rogers Place. The ‘Canes were shutout 4-0 in Game 2 on Saturday. Bryan Thomson made 39-saves in the losing cause while Lethbridge was outshot 43-25 in the contest. Lethbridge won their last four games at the ENMAX Centre to end the regular season.
The Oil Kings held serve on home-ice winning both games by a combined 8-1 score. Carson Golder scored twice, including the game-winning goal, in Game 2 while Dylan Guenther and Kaiden Guhle added the others. Sebastian Cossa made 25-saves for the shutout. Edmonton won their final three road games of the regular season.
Lethbridge posted a 1-2-0-1 in the four games at the ENMAX Centre against Edmonton this season with three of the four games being decided by a single goal. Tonight’s game will feature a tailgate party with Browns Socialhouse selling burgers, pop and chips by donation in support of United Way.
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.
DOWNLOAD GAME NOTES/STATS HERE: 04-26-2022 – LET vs. EDM (Game 3)
VS. OIL KINGS: Tonight is Game 3 of the best-of-seven first round playoff series between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings. Edmonton leads the series 2-0. This series it the first time ever the Hurricanes and Oil Kings have met in the WHL Playoffs. Edmonton is the only team in the Eastern Conference that Lethbridge has never faced in the WHL post-season.
2022 PLAYOFF SERIES: (* If Necessary)
Game 1 – Thu, Apr. 21st, 7:00pm – at Edmonton (4-1 EDM)
Game 2 – Sat, Apr. 23rd, 7:00pm – at Edmonton (4-0 EDM)
Game 3 – Tue, Apr. 26th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
Game 4 – Thu, Apr. 28th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
*Game 5 – Sat, Apr. 30th, 2:00pm – at Edmonton
*Game 6 – Sun, May 1st, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
*Game 7 – Tue, May 3rd, 7:00pm – at Edmonton
2022 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (1) – Tyson Laventure
Assists (1) – Joe Arntsen & Corson Hopwo
Points (1) – Three Players
Plus/Minus (E) – Two Players
PIMS (4) – Corson Hopwo
Goals Against Avg. (3.08) – Bryan Thomson
Save Percentage (.933) – Bryan Thomson
REGULAR SEASON VS. OIL KINGS: During the regular season, Lethbridge posted a 2-5-0-1 record in eight regular season meetings against Edmonton, having won the final meeting of the season. The ‘Canes have posted an all-time record of 41-44-4-3 in 90 regular season games against the Oil Kings, including going 6-9-0-0 in 15 all-time games at Rogers Place.
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)
2021-2022 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (34) – Justin Hall
Assists (50) – Alex Thacker
Points (74) – Justin Hall
PIMS (97) – Joe Arntsen
Plus/Minus (+8) – Brayden Edwards
Wins (23) – Bryan Thomson
Shutouts (1) – Bryan Thomson
Save % (.899) – Bryan Thomson
Goals Against Average (3.11) – Bryan Thomson
END OF SEASON STREAKING:
– Alex Thacker had points in 7 straight games (4g-7a); 8 of 9 games (5g-8a); 29 of 54 games (11g-39a)
– Joe Arntsen had points in 6 straight games (3g-7a); 9 of 12 games (3g-11a); 11 of 19 games (3g-12a)
– Brayden Edwards had points in 3 straight games (3g-2a); 10 of 11 games (8g-6a); 13 of 15 (9g-10a)
– Logan Wormald had points in 2 straight games (2a); 9 of 10 games (5g-6a); 11 of 13 games (5g-8a)
– Justin Hall had points in 8 of 9 games (1g-12a); 12 of 15 games (5g-14a); 36 of 57 games (33g-35a)
– Jett Jones had points in 3 of 4 games (2g-2a); 5 of 7 games (3g-5a); 15 of 24 games (10g-12a)
– Tyson Laventure had points in 3 of 4 games (5a); 6 of 8 games (2g-8a); 11 of 21 games (4g-13a)
– Yegor Klavdiev had points in 2 of 3 games (3g-1a); 6 of 8 games (6g-3a); 20 of 30 games (13g-19a)
– Logan McCutcheon had points in 2 of 3 games (2a); 7 of 9 games (1g-6a); 18 of 31 games (2g-17a)
– Miguel Marques has points in 5 of 6 games (1g-4a); 6 of 8 games (2g-4a)
– Chase Pauls had points in 6 of 9 games (4g-4a); 7 of 12 games (6g-4a); 8 of 15 games (7g-4a)
– Nolan Bentham had points in 5 of 10 games (3g-2a); 7 of 16 games (3g-4a)
NEWS & NOTES:
First Time: The Hurricanes have never met the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL Playoffs. Lethbridge has faced the 10 other teams in the Eastern Conference in the post-season. The ‘Canes have posted an all-time record of 41-44-4-3 in regular season play against the Oil Kings.
Playoff Experience: The Hurricanes have a total of 49-man games worth of WHL Playoff experience, compared to Edmonton’s 153-man games. Heading into the playoffs, only four Hurricanes players had played in the WHL post-season in their career as Corson Hopwo, Kade Nolan, Justin Hall and Bryan Thomson who had suited up in at least one playoff game.
Game 3’s: Lethbridge has posted an all-time record of 17-20 in Game 3’s in their WHL post-season history. The ‘Canes lost Game 3 in their last playoff series in the first round against the Calgary Hitmen in the 2019 WHL Playoffs. Edmonton is 8-9 all-time in Game 3’s in their post-season history.
All-Time Record: In the playoffs, the Hurricanes have posted an all-time record of 86-106 in 192 franchise post-season games while posting an all-time series record of 18-19 in 37 previous playoff series. The dropped a seven-game set against the Calgary Hitmen in the first round in the 2019 WHL Playoffs.
Four in a Row: The Hurricanes finished the 2021-2022 regular season with an 18-13-2-1 record on home ice. The ‘Canes won their final four games at the ENMAX Centre to end the regular season outscoring their opposition 22-9 in those final four games, surpassing the five-goal mark in all four games.
Six Straight: Qualifying for the WHL Playoffs in 2021-2022 marked the sixth straight season the Hurricanes have qualified for WHL post-season play. It is just the second time in team history the ‘Canes have made the playoffs for six straight seasons, a feat previously accomplished between 1988 and 1994.
Streakin’: The Hurricanes finished the regular season red hot posting a 6-0-1-0 record in their final seven contests. Since February 27h, the Hurricanes had posted a 13-6-2-0 record in 21 games – a 42 win pace over a full season. The ‘Canes went 10-3-1-0 in the final 14 games winning the second most games in that span in the Eastern Conference, tied with the Oil Kings who posted the same record in their final 14 games.
‘Special’ Teams: Lethbridge’s specials teams have been special. In their last nine games, the Hurricanes power play went an impressive 9-for-26 for a conversion rate of 34.6%. Over those nine games, the ‘Canes penalty kill went 32-for-36 on the kill for a kill rate of 88.9%. The ‘Canes this season posted a record of 22-11-2-1 when scoring a power play goal, including going 10-2-0-0 when striking for two or more in a game. The ‘Canes PP has gone 1-for-7 (14.3%) while the PK has gone 4-for-6 (66.7%) in the WHL Playoffs.
Comeback Kids: The ‘Canes finished the regular season with an overall record of 33-30-4-1. Of their 33 victories, 15 were of the comeback fashion while they earned at least a point on 19 occasions when trailing in the game. Their most recent win when trailing was April 1st against the Medicine Hat Tigers.