PLAYOFF GAME DAY: Hurricanes Look to Even Series

Medicine Hat, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will look to bounce back and even their best-of-seven series with the Medicine Hat Tigers at one game apiece tonight at 7:30pm in Game 2 at the Canalta Centre.

The Hurricanes were handed a 4-0 shutout loss last night in Game 1 in Medicine Hat. Stuart Skinner was strong yet again making 33 saves in the losing cause. The ‘Canes failed to be awarded a power play opportunity in the game and their penalty kill was a perfect four for four in shorthanded opportunities.

The Tigers remain perfect in the 2017 WHL Playoffs with the Game 1 victory after they swept the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round. Tigers were led by the line of Steven Owre, Chad Butcher and Zach Fischer who combined for seven points and three of the teams’ four goals in the win.

Tonight’s Game 2 will be able to be seen at Browns Socialhouse in Lethbridge, heard on 106.7 ROCK while you can also watch the game with the WHL on SHAW.

PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 2 of the best-of-seven series between the Hurricanes and the Tigers. The Tigers own a 1-0 series lead. 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 (4-0 MH)              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

Goals (5) – Tyler Wong                                                      Assists (7) – Giorgio Estephan
Points (10) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (10) – Jordy Bellerive                                               Plus/Minus (+6) – Calen Addison
Wins (4) – Stuart Skinner                                                   Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.922) – Stuart Skinner                                        Goals Against Average (2.77) – Stuart Skinner

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)

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, were lights out in their final three third periods against Red Deer. 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.

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