PLAYOFF GAME DAY: Hurricanes Look for Stranglehold

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will look to take a stranglehold on the Eastern Conference Championship Series tonight in Game 4 against the Regina Pats at the 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.

The ‘Canes earned a 3-1 victory in Game 3 on Tuesday night. Brennan Menell, Jadon Joseph and Egor Babenko scored in the victory for the ‘Canes while Stuart Skinner made 28 saves. Brady Pouteau had two assists in the win and was named the game’s first star.

The Pats lone goal came from Dawson Leedahl who redirected a Josh Mahura point shot in the middle frame. Tyler Brown made 24 saves in the losing cause for Regina. The Pats were 0/3 on the power play and have yet to score a power play goal in the series.

There are select tickets remaining for tonight’s game and can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.

PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 4 of the best-of-seven series between the Hurricanes and the Pats. The ‘Canes lead the series 2-1. This is the second straight post-season that the ‘Canes and Pats have met after Regina eliminated Lethbridge in five games in the first round in 2016.

PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary)                                                 HURRICANE TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – April 21st, 7:00pm – at Regina (3-1 LH)                       Tyler Wong – 11G. 13A, 24 points
Game 2 – April 22nd, 7:00pm – at Regina (3-2 OT REG)             Giorgio Estephan – 10G, 12A – 22 points
Game 3 – April 25th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (3-1 LH)                 Egor Babenko – 7G, 13A – 20 points
Game 4 – April 26th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge                                                 Brennan Menell – 5G, 9A – 14 points
Game 5 – April 28th, 7:00pm – at Regina                                       Jordy Bellerive – 6G, 6A – 12 points
*Game 6 – April 30th, 6:00pm – at Lethbridge
*Game 7 – May 2nd, 7:00pm – at Regina

Goals (11) – Tyler Wong                                                   Assists (13) – Tyler Wong
Points (24) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (22) – Jordy Bellerive                                               Plus/Minus (+10) – Giorgio Estephan
Wins (10) – Stuart Skinner                                                 Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.925) – Stuart Skinner                                        Goals Against Average (2.75) – Stuart Skinner

VS. PATS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Pats met four times in the regular season with both teams winning twice. Regina took the first two head-to-head meetings while Lethbridge took the last two. Both teams won once at home and once on the road.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES:                                                          HURRICANE TOP 5 SEASON SCORERS
October 15th/2016 – at Lethbridge (7-2 Pats)                                 Tyler Wong – 51G, 58A – 109 points
October 18th/2016 – at Regina (6-1 Pats)                                       Giorgio Estephan – 35G, 54A – 89 points
December 7th/2016 – at Lethbridge (5-4 OT Hurricanes)            Zak Zborosky – 41G, 33A – 74 points
February 28th/2017 – at Regina (4-1 Hurricanes)                         Brennan Menell – 12G, 59A – 71 points
Matt Alfaro – 25G, 35A – 60 points

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

– 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)

So We Meet Again: The Hurricanes and Pats will square off in the post-season for the second consecutive year. In the 2016 WHL Playoffs, the Hurricanes were eliminated by the Pats in five games in the first round of the post-season. After winning Game 1, the ‘Canes went on to lose the next four.

Road Warriors: The Hurricanes have been good on the road this post-season. Heading into tonight’s Game 3, the ‘Canes have won four of five road games and five of their last seven games away from the ENMAX Centre in the playoffs. The ‘Canes have scored 22 goals in their last five road games.

Oh, Giorgio: Giorgio Estephan has been racking up points. The four-year veteran has tossed 21 points (10g-11a) on the board in his last 13 games since returning from injury in Round 1 against Red Deer. The Hurricanes are 10-0-1 in the playoffs when Estephan records a point.

Seventh Heaven: The Hurricanes remained perfect in Game 7’s in their history as they earned a come-from-behind 5-4 overtime win in Medicine Hat last Tuesday in Game 7 to eliminate the Tigers. It was the second straight series in which the ‘Canes needed seven games to advance after they beat the Red Deer Rebels in seven games in the first round.

Locked Down: The Hurricanes, who had a difficult time holding leads early in their first round series with the Rebels, were outscored 10-2 in the third period in their first four playoff games. In the last 13 post-season contests, the ‘Canes have been much better outscoring the opposition 20-8.

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 their first round series eventually eliminating the Red Deer Rebels in Game 7.

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