PLAYOFF GAME DAY: Hurricanes Search for Road Split in Game 2

Edmonton, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will visit the Edmonton Oil Kings tonight at 7:00pm at Rogers Place in Game 2 of their first round best-of-seven series.

The Hurricanes trail the series 1-0 after dropping a 4-1 decision in Game 1 on Thursday at Rogers Place. Bryan Thomson made 44-saves in his first WHL Playoff start while Tyson Laventure scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes in the defeat. Lethbridge went 1/5 on the power play in the losing cause.

The Oil Kings jumped out to the 1-0 series lead scoring twice in the second and twice in the third period. Carter Souch, Dylan Guenther, Jalen Luypen and Luke Prokop scored in the Game 1 victory while Sebastian Cossa made 24-saves in the victory. Edmonton was 1/4 with the power play while peppering the Hurricanes with 48-shots in the opening game.

Lethbridge has posted a 1-4-0-0 record at Rogers Place in five games during the 2021-2022 regular and playoff season after their Game 1 loss. After tonight, the series will shift to the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge for Games 3 & 4. Tonight’s game can be watched at Browns Socialhouse in Lethbridge, on WHL Live or heard on 106.7 ROCK.


VS. OIL KINGS: Tonight is Game 2 of the best-of-seven first round playoff series between the Hurricanes and Oil Kings. Edmonton leads the series 1-0. 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
Game 3 – Tue, Apr. 26th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
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

Goals (1) – Tyson Laventure
Assists (1) – Joe Arntsen & Corson Hopwo
Points (1) – Three Players
Plus/Minus (E) – 11 Players
PIMS (4) – Corson Hopwo
Goals Against Avg. (3.05) – Bryan Thomson
Save Percentage (.936) – Bryan 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 ‘CANES TOP 5 SCORERS vs. EDM:
Justin Hall – 5G, 2A – 7 points
Alex Thacker – 2G, 3A – 5 points
Logan Wormald – 1G, 4A – 5 points
Jett Jones – 0G, 4A – 4 points
Brayden Edwards – 3G, 0A – 3 points

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

– 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)

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 30-man games worth of WHL Playoff experience, compared to Edmonton’s 134-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 2’s: Lethbridge has posted an all-time record of 17-20 in Game 2’s in their WHL post-season history. The ‘Canes won Game 2 in their last playoff series in the first round against the Calgary Hitmen in the 2019 WHL Playoffs.

All-Time Record: In the playoffs, the Hurricanes have posted an all-time record of 86-105 in 191 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.

Rollin’ on the Road: The Hurricanes finished the 2021-2022 regular season with a 15-17-2-0 record on the road. Lethbridge finished the season having gone 5-0-1-0 in their last six road games while going 8-2-2-0 in their last 12 road contests. The ‘Canes are 0-1 on the road during the 2022 WHL Playoffs.

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 1-for-5 (20%) while the PK has gone 3-for-4 (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.

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