PLAYOFF GAME DAY: Hurricanes Look to Stave Off Elimination in Game 4
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will look to keep their season alive tonight in Game 4 at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre as they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings who hold a 3-0 series lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series.
The Hurricanes have been outscored 12-2 in the three games thus far, dropping a 4-1 decision in Game 3 at home on Tuesday. Yegor Klavdiev, who scored 21-goals during the regular season, netted his first of the series on the power play in the Game 3 loss while Bryan Thomson made 34-saves – his third straight game with 34-or-more saves. The ‘Canes will look to avoid being swept for the first time since 2009.
The Oil Kings were lead by their top players in Game 3 as Jalen Luypen, Kaiden Guhle, Carter Souch and Dylan Guenther scored in the victory while Sebastian Cossa made 25-saves for the win. Edmonton has seen production from the blueline in the series as the big four (Guhle, Luke Prokop, Logan Dowhaniuk and Simon Kubicek) have combined for 10 points in three-games. Edmonton will look to complete their first sweep since sweeping the Calgary Hitmen in 2019.
In previous Game 4’s, the Hurricanes have posted an all-time record of 11-26 while Edmonton has gone 10-7. Tickets for tonight’s Game 4 can be purchased in person at the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre, the Yates Memorial Theatre Ticket Centre, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or online at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com.
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VS. OIL KINGS: Tonight is Game 4 of the best-of-seven first round playoff series between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings. Edmonton leads the series 3-0. 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 (4-1 EDM)
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) – B. Edwards & Y. Klavdiev
Assists (1) – Four Players
Points (1) – Five Players
Plus/Minus (E) – Two Players
PIMS (8) – T. Laventure
Goals Against Avg. (3.42) – B. Thomson
Save Percentage (.921) – B. 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 68-man games worth of WHL Playoff experience, compared to Edmonton’s 172-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 4’s: Lethbridge has posted an all-time record of 11-26 in Game 4’s in their WHL post-season history. The ‘Canes lost Game 4 in their last playoff series in the first round against the Calgary Hitmen in the 2019 WHL Playoffs. Edmonton is 10-7 all-time in Game 4’s in their post-season history.
All-Time Record: In the playoffs, the Hurricanes have posted an all-time record of 86-107 in 193 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 2-for-10 (20%) while the PK has gone 9-for-12 (75%) 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.