Calgary, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes visit the Calgary Hitmen tonight at Scotiabank Saddledome in Game 3 of their best-of-seven first round series that the ‘Canes lead 2-0.
The Hurricanes earned a 4-1 win in Game 2 on Saturday at the ENMAX Centre. Jake Leschyshyn scored his first ever WHL Playoff hat-trick in the victory while Nick Henry potted the other in the win. Carl Tetachuk made 32 saves in the win. Lethbridge has won 10-straight games dating back to the regular season and 13 of their last 14 games overall.
The Hitmen’s lone goal came off the stick of defenseman Dakota Krebs in the third period. Goaltender Jack McNaughton made 28 saves in the defeat as Calgary went 0/7 with the power play in the game. Calgary has lost six straight games dating back to the regular season while having been downed in each of their last nine post-season games dating back to 2016.
Tonight will be the third game of the best-of-seven series. The game will be aired at Browns Socialhouse locations in Lethbridge starting at 7:00pm while 106.7 ROCK will carry the game live starting at 6:40pm with the pre-game show.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 3 of the best-of-seven first round series between the Hurricanes and the Hitmen. The Hurricanes lead the series 2-0. It’s the first time the two teams will face-off in the WHL Playoffs since 2009 while it will be the fifth time overall the ‘Canes will face the Hitmen in the post-season.
PLAYOFF SERIES: (*if necessary) TOP 7 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Game 1 – March 22nd, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (3-2 OT LET) Nick Henry – 2G, 1A – 3 points
Game 2 – March 23rd, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (4-1 LET) Jake Leschyshyn – 3G, 0A – 3 points
Game 3 – March 26th, 7:00pm – at Calgary Jordy Bellerive – 0G, 3A – 3 points
Game 4 – March 28th, 7:00pm – at Calgary Calen Addison – 1G, 1A – 2 points
*Game 5 – March 30th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Dylan Cozens – 1G, 1A – 2 points
*Game 6 – March 31st, 4:00pm – at Calgary Ty Prefontaine – 0G, 2A – 2 points
*Game 7 – April 2nd, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge Jake Elmer – 0G, 2A – 2 points
2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (3) – Jake Leschyshyn Assists (3) – Jordy Bellerive
Points (3) – Jake Leschyshyn, Nick Henry, Jordy Bellerive
PIMS (9) – Jackson Shepard & Scott Mahovlich Plus/Minus (+3) – Jake Leschyshyn & Nick Henry
Wins (2) – Carl Tetachuk Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.955) – Carl Tetachuk Goals Against Average (1.43) – Carl Tetachuk
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: The Hurricanes and Hitmen met six times in the regular season with the ‘Canes posting a 5-1-0-0 record after winning the final five head-to-head match-ups. The ‘Canes outscored the Hitmen 35-24 (5.83 – 4.00 avg.). Jordy Bellerive led all ‘Canes scorers having recorded 13 points (7g-6a) in six games while Mark Kastelic led the Hitmen in scoring with 9 points (5g-4a) in six appearances.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: TOP 6 HURRICANES SCORERS
October 12th/2018 – at Calgary (6-5 CGY) Nick Henry – 29G, 65A – 94 points
October 26th/2018 – at Calgary (7-6 LET) Dylan Cozens – 34G, 50A – 84 points
November 9th/2018 – at Lethbridge (4-2 LET) Jordy Bellerive – 33G, 50A – 83 points
December 16th/2018 – at Calgary (6-4 LET) Jake Leschyshyn – 40G, 41A – 81 points
February 13th/2019 – at Lethbridge (6-2 LET) Jake Elmer – 39G, 42A – 81 points
March 9th/2019 – at Lethbridge (7-4 LET) Taylor Ross – 34G, 35A – 69 points
2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (40) – Jake Leschyshyn Assists (65) – Nick Henry
Points (94) – Nick Henry
PIMS (120) – Koletrane Wilson Plus/Minus (+41) – Taylor Ross
Wins (24) – Carl Tetachuk Shutouts (2) – Carl Tetachuk
Save % (.909) – Carl Tetachuk Goals Against Average (2.88) – Carl Tetachuk
2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
– Jake Leschyshyn was tied for 9th in WHL Goals with 40 (one of 11 players with 40+ goals)
– Jake Leschyshyn was tied 6th in WHL Power Play Goals with 16
– Jake Leschyshyn was tied 4th in WHL Game-Winning Goals with 10
– Jake Leschyshyn was 1st in WHL Faceoff Attempts with 1799 & 1st in WHL Faceoff Wins with 1024
– Nick Henry was 7th in WHL Scoring with 94 points (one of 7 players with 90+ points)
– Nick Henry was tied for 2nd in WHL Assists with 65
– Jake Elmer was 1st in WHL Shorthanded Goals with 7
– Jordy Bellerive was 9th in WHL Shots with 267
– Calen Addison was 2nd in WHL Power Play Assists with 32
– Taylor Ross was tied 10th in WHL Plus/Minus with a +41 rating
NEWS & NOTES:
Four Before: The Hurricanes have met the Calgary Hitmen four prior times in the WHL Playoffs. The ‘Canes have posted a 1-3 playoff series record against the Hitmen, having been swept in four games in the second round of the 2009 playoffs the last time they met in the post-season. Lethbridge’s lone series win as in the 2008 WHL Eastern Conference Championship Series eliminating Calgary in a four game sweep.
Playoff Experience: The ‘Canes have a total of 379 man-games worth of playoff experience. Of all the Hurricanes, the most experienced player is defenseman Igor Merezhko who has skated in 43 WHL Playoff games. The ‘Canes entered the 2018 WHL Playoffs with 190 man-games worth of experience
Game 3’s: Lethbridge has posted an all-time record of 17-19 in Game 3’s in their WHL post-season history. The ‘Canes won two of the three Game 2’s in the WHL Playoffs last year with wins over the Red Deer Rebels in the first round and the Swift Current Broncos in the East Final.
All-Time Record: In the playoffs, the Hurricanes have posted an all-time 85-100 record in 185 games. The ‘Canes have posted an all-time 18-18 series record while having gone 4-2 in playoff series in the last two WHL post-seasons as the ‘Canes have gone to the third round in back-to-back seasons.