Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes begin their quest for the Ed Chynoweth Cup tonight as they open the 2018 WHL Playoffs in Game 1 of their first round best-of-seven series with the Red Deer Rebels at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes, who finished the regular season with a 33-33-6-0 record, finished second in the Central Division with 72 points. The ‘Canes ended an eight-game losing streak in their final game of the regular season last Saturday as they earned a 3-2 win in Medicine Hat against the Tigers. The Hurricanes posted a 19-13-4-0 record on home ice this year.
The Rebels, who ended the regular season with a 27-32-10-3 record, finished third in the Central Division with 67 points. Red Deer ended the season last weekend with back-to-back losses to the Kootenay Ice being outscored by an 11-2 scored in the two games. Red Deer posted a 17-7-2-0 record in their final 26 games of the season and were 13-16-6-1 on the road this year.
The Hurricanes and Rebels have met five prior times in post-season play with the ‘Canes having posted a 3-2 series record, including a seven game thriller last year as the Hurricanes erased a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in franchise history. The team with home-ice advantage has won all prior five series between the team clubs.
Tickets for tonight’s game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre. Single game tickets are $25 for adult and $18 for youth ages 3 to 17.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 1 of the best-of-seven first round series between the Hurricanes and the Rebels. It is the second straight season that the two teams have met in the opening round of the post-season. Last year, the Hurricanes erased a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Rebels in seven games.
PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary) HURRICANE TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – March 23rd, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Jordy Bellerive – 0G. 0A, 0 points
Game 2 – March 24th. 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Brad Morrison – 0G, 0A – 0 points
Game 3 – March 27th, 7:00pm – at Red Deer Calen Addison – 0G, 0A – 0 points
Game 4 – March 28th, 7:00pm – at Red Deer Dylan Cozens – 0G, 0A – 0 points
*Game 5 – March 31st, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Taylor Ross – 0G, 0A – 0 points
*Game 6 – April 1st, 6:00pm – at Red Deer
*Game 7 – April 3rd, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
2017-2018 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (0) – N/A Assists (0) – N/A
Points (0) – N/A
PIMS (0) – N/A Plus/Minus (0) – N/A
Wins (0) – N/A Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.000) – N/A Goals Against Average (0.00) – N/A
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:
We Meet Again: The Hurricanes and Rebels will square off in a first round playoff series for the second straight season. The ‘Canes erased a 3-1 series deficit last year in the opening round to defeat the Rebels in seven games at the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge.
Four Before: The Hurricanes and Rebels have met in the post-season on four prior occasions, including last season. Both teams have won two playoff series. The Hurricanes winning in 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 four prior series.
It’s Over: The Hurricanes ended the 2017-2018 regular season with a 3-2 win in Medicine Hat on March 17th to end an eight-game losing streak. The ‘Canes finished the season with a 33-33-6-0 record. It was the third straight season the Hurricanes have finished with 30+ victories.
Slump Buster: In the final three games of the regular season, the ‘Canes had a handful of players snap lengthy goalless droughts. Zach Cox ended a 30-game drought and Logan Barlage snapped a 10-game drought on March 17th. Jordy Bellerive ended a seven-game drought on March 16th while Zane Franklin ended a 26-game goalless drought on March 14th in Red Deer.
A Lot vs. A Little: In the final nine games of the regular season, the Hurricanes posted a 1-8-0-0 record. During that span, the ‘Canes surrendered 41 goals for an average of 4.56 goals against per game. The ‘Canes meanwhile scored 15 goals in the same span, an average of 1.67 per game.
Good Tender: On March 21st, Logan Flodell was named the Eastern Conference winner of the Goaltender of the Year award as well as an Eastern Conference First Team All-Star. Flodell, who was acquired from Swift Current, finished the regular season with a league-high 38 victories and an Eastern Conference leading .909 save percentage. He was a Second Team All-Start in 2016-2017 with the Saskatoon Blades.
My Captain: Since being named the 26th Captain on January 12th, Bellerive has recorded 37 points (22g-15a) in 32 games. He racked up 21 goals in his last 28 outings of the regular season. Bellerive finished the year with 46 goals and 92 points. It was the third straight year the ‘Canes had at least one 40-goal scorer. Bellerive was named an Eastern Conference Second Team All-Star for 2017-2018.
Sweet-16: On March 21st, Dylan Cozens was named the Eastern Conference Winner of the Rookie of the Year for the WHL. He finished the 2017-2018 regular season with 53 points (22g-31a) in 57 games. He finished second in rookie points (53) and first in goals (22). Cozens has 62 points (26g-36a) in 72 career WHL games, regular season and playoffs combined. On March 7th in Moose Jaw, he became the first ‘Canes 16-year-old to score 50+ points since Zach Boychuk had 51 points (18g-33a) in 2005-2006.
Special Teams: In their last nine games, the ‘Canes power play is just 2/36 (5.6%). The ‘Canes have been held scoreless on the power play in 10 of their last 14 games. The penalty kill meanwhile has allowed a power play goal against in seven of nine games and 15 of their last 19. In the last nine games, the ‘Canes PK has killed at a 62.2% clip (14/37).