Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will play Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Championship tonight at 7:00pm when they look to even the best-of-seven series with the Swift Current Broncos.
The Hurricanes are coming off a 5-1 victory last night in Game 3 of the East Final as they cut the Broncos series lead to 2-1. Brad Morrison led the way with three goals and an assist while Dylan Cozens scored the other two in the win. Logan Flodell was sharp making 23 saves in the victory. The ‘Canes went 2/4 on the power play and outshot Swift Current 34-24.
The Broncos had their three-game road winning streak snapped last night in the 5-1 loss to the Hurricanes. Swift Current’s lone goal came in the second period off the stick of Andrew Fyten. Stuart Skinner was peppered in the game allowing four goals on 33 shots. The Broncos went 0/2 on the power play. Swift Current was missing defenseman Artyom Minulin for the second straight game while their Captain Glenn Gawdin was out of the line-up.
There are still about 1,000 tickets left for tonight’s Game 4 and can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 3 of the best-of-seven second round series between the Hurricanes and the Broncos. Swift Current leads the series 2-1. It will be the first time in history that the two teams will face in the WHL Playoffs.
PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary) HURRICANE TOP 7 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – April 20th, 7:00pm – at Swift Current (3-2 SC) Brad Morrison – 15G. 18A, 34 points
Game 2 – April 21st, 7:00pm – at Swift Current (4-3 OT SC) Jordy Bellerive – 9G, 13A – 22 points
Game 3 – April 24th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (5-1 LET) Taylor Ross – 8G, 12A – 20 points
Game 4 – April 25th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Calen Addison – 4G, 12A – 16 points
Game 5 – April 28th, 7:00pm – at Swift Current Tate Olson – 3G, 10A – 13 points
*Game 6 – April 30th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Jake Elmer – 4G, 9A – 13 points
*Game 7 – May 1st, 7:00pm – at Swift Current Dylan Cozens – 7G, 5A – 12 points
2017-2018 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (15) – Brad Morrison Assists (19) – Brad Morrison
Points (34) – Brad Morrison
PIMS (24) – Owen Blocker Plus/Minus (+14) – Tate Olson
Wins (9) – Logan Flodell Shutouts (2) – Logan Flodell
Save % (.909) – Logan Flodell Goals Against Average (2.72) – Logan Flodell
BRONCOS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Broncos met four times during the 2017-2018 regular season. Lethbridge posted a 1-3-0-0 record against Swift Current, with their lone victory coming at the ENMAX Centre on February 2nd. Lethbridge won the only post trade-deadline match-up. The ‘Canes have posted an 8-4-0-0 record against the Broncos over the last three seasons.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: HURRICANES TOP 5 SCORERS
October 10th/2017 – at Swift Current (6-2 SC) Jordy Bellerive – 46G, 46A – 92 points
October 20th/2017 – at Lethbridge (6-4 SC) Brad Morrison – 27G, 48A – 75 points
November 11th/2017 – at Swift Current (6-0 SC) Calen Addison – 11G, 54A – 65 points
February 2nd/2018 – at Lethbridge (5-2 LET) Dylan Cozens – 22G, 31A – 53 points
Taylor Ross – 21G, 21A – 42 points
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 Times: While the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Swift Current Broncos have never faced off in the WHL Playoffs, the two franchises have met five times before in the post-season. When the Broncos were in Lethbridge, they faced the Calgary Wranglers (who became the Hurricanes) five times between 1977 and 1985. The Broncos franchise won three of those series (1977, 1979 and 1983) while the Wranglers won twice (1981 and 1985).
Experience: The Hurricanes have 460 man-games worth of playoff experience. Of all the ‘Canes, the most experienced is Igor Merezhko who has skated in 38 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 4’s: The Hurricanes enter tonight having posted an all-time record of 10-24 in Game 4’s in their post-season history. The ‘Canes were handed a 5-2 loss in their first round against the Red Deer Rebels in Game 4 but earned a 7-4 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings in their prior two series; both were on the road.
Go Mo Go: Hurricanes overage forward Brad Morrison has been on a tear in the WHL Playoffs so far as he has racked up 34 points (15g-19a) in 13 games in the WHL Playoffs; an average of 2.62 points per game. Morrison currently leads the entire WHL in playoff scoring. Morrison is just the third ‘Cane ever to reach the 30-point plateau in a single post-season joining Wes Walz (37 points in 19 games, 1990) and Mark Greig (32 points in 18 games, 1990). He is the single-season playoff record holder for most goals by a Hurricanes as he surpassed Kelly Ens who had 14 goals in 19 games in 1990; Morrison has 15 goals in 13 games.
Special Teams: The Hurricanes special teams have been terrific in the playoffs. The ‘Canes power play has converted at a 36.2% clip going 21/58 on the man advantage and is ranked second in the WHL Playoffs while the penalty kill has killed at 83.0% (49/59) sitting first overall in the post-season. The ‘Canes PP was just 2/36 (5.6%) and PK was 62.2% (23/37) in their final nine regular season games.