Red Deer, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes look to take a stranglehold on their first round best-of-seven first round series with the Red Deer Rebels tonight at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centrium in Red Deer.
The Hurricanes hold a 2-0 series advantage after earning a pair of victories on the weekend at home. The ‘Canes won 6-0 in Game 1 and followed that up with an 8-3 thumping of the Rebels in Game 2. Brad Morrison had a six point effort in the second game while Dylan Cozens had four points, including a hat-trick.
The ‘Canes posted a 14-20-2-0 record on the road during the regular season, including a 2-1-0-0 record in Red Deer. The Rebels meanwhile were 14-6-4-2 on home ice while posting a 9-2-1-0 record in their final 12 at home.
Tonight’s Game 3 can be heard on 106.7 ROCK or watched at either Browns Socialhouse locations in Lethbridge.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 3 of the best-of-seven first round series between the Hurricanes and the Rebels. The Hurricanes hold a 2-0 series lead. It is the second straight season that the two teams have met in the opening round of the post-season.
PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary) HURRICANE TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – March 23rd, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (6-0 LET) Brad Morrison – 3G. 5A, 8 points
Game 2 – March 24th. 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (8-3 LET) Jake Elmer – 1G, 4A – 5 points
Game 3 – March 27th, 7:00pm – at Red Deer Taylor Ross – 2G, 3A – 5 points
Game 4 – March 28th, 7:00pm – at Red Deer Jordy Bellerive – 2G, 2A – 4 points
*Game 5 – March 31st, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Dylan Cozens – 3G, 1A – 4 points
*Game 6 – April 1st, 6:00pm – at Red Deer
*Game 7 – April 3rd, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
2017-2018 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (3) – Dylan Cozens & Brad Morrison Assists (5) – Brad Morrison
Points (8) – Brad Morrison
PIMS (10) – Jadon Joseph Plus/Minus (+4) – Five Players
Wins (2) – Logan Flodell Shutouts (1) – Logan Flodell
Save % (.967) – Logan Flodell Goals Against Average (1.09) – Logan Flodell
REBELS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Rebels met six times during the 2017-2018 regular season with the ‘Canes posting a 4-2-0-0 record. Lethbridge won the first four meetings while the Rebels won the last two. In the last 20 regular season meetings dating back to February of 2015, the Hurricanes have posted a 16-3-1-0 record against the Rebels.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: HURRICANES TOP 5 SCORERS
December 6th/2017 – at Lethbridge (4-0 LET) Jordy Bellerive – 46G, 46A – 92 points
January 9th/2018 – at Lethbridge (5-4 SO LET) Brad Morrison – 27G, 48A – 75 points
January 12th/2018 – at Red Deer (6-4 LET) Calen Addison – 11G, 54A – 65 points
January 28th/2018 – at Red Deer (2-1 OT LET) Dylan Cozens – 22G, 31A – 53 points
March 9th/2018 – at Lethbridge (4-1 RD) Taylor Ross – 21G, 21A – 42 points
March 14th/2018 – at Red Deer (5-2 RD)
2017-2018 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (46) – Jordy Bellerive Assists (54) – Calen Addison
Points (92) – Jordy Bellerive
PIMS (103) – Matthew Stanley Plus/Minus (+18) – Ty Prefontaine
Wins (38) – Logan Flodell Shutouts (3) – Logan Flodell
Save % (.909) – Logan Flodell Goals Against Average (3.14) – Logan Flodell
2017-2018 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
– Jordy Bellerive is tied 12th in WHL Scoring with 92 points & is tied 8th in WHL Goals with 46
– Jordy Bellerive is tied 8th in WHL Power Play Goals with 16 & tied 20th in WHL Power Play Assists with 23
– Calen Addison is tied 9th in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 65 points & tied 3rd in WHL PP Assists with 35
– Calen Addison is 21st in WHL Assists with 54
– Dylan Cozens is tied 2nd in WHL Rookie Scoring with 53 points & 1st in WHL Rookie Goals with 22
– Logan Flodell is 1st in WHL Games Played with 61 & 2nd in WHL Minutes by a Goaltender with 3474
– Logan Flodell is 1st in WHL Shots Faced with 1999 & 1st in WHL Saves with 1818
– Logan Flodell is 1st in WHL Wins with 38 & 6th in Shutouts with 3
– Logan Flodell is 1st in WHL Eastern Conference Save Percentage .909%
NEWS & NOTES:
Five Before: The Hurricanes and Rebels have met in the post-season on five prior occasions, including last season. The ‘Canes have won three of the prior five series. Lethbridge won the series in 1993-1994, 1996-1997 and 2016-2017 while the Rebels won in back to back years in 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. The team with home-ice advantage as won all five prior series.
Experience: The Hurricanes have 229 man-games worth of playoff experience. Of all the ‘Canes, the most experienced is Igor Merezhko who has skated in 26 post-season games. The ‘Canes entered the 2018 playoffs with 190 games worth of playoff experience compared to 95 when they started the 2017 playoffs.
Game 3’s: The Hurricanes enter tonight having posted an all-time record of 15-18 in Game 3’s in their post-season history. The ‘Canes were handed a 4-3 double overtime loss by the Rebels in their first round playoff meeting last year in Red Deer.
Most In A While: On Saturday, the Hurricanes exploded for eight goals in an 8-3 triumph over the Rebels in Game 2 of their series. It was the first time the ‘Canes have scored eight goals in a post-season game since they earned an 8-4 win in Game 3 of the first round against the Saskatoon Blades back on March 25th/1992. The most goals ever scored in a playoff game by the Hurricanes is 12, having been done twice.
Special Teams: The Hurricanes special teams have been terrific through the first two games of the playoffs. The ‘Canes power play has converted at a 75% clip going 6/8 on the man advantage while the penalty kill has killed at an impressive 86.7% (13/15). The ‘Canes PP was just 2/36 (5.6%) and PK was 62.2% (23/37) in their final nine regular season games.