PLAYOFF GAME DAY: Hurricanes Welcome Hitmen in Winner-Take-All Game 7

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes welcome the Calgary Hitmen to Nicholas Sheran Arena tonight at 7:00pm in a winner-take-all seventh game.

The Hurricanes forced Game 7 on Sunday with a come-from-behind 7-6 overtime win in Calgary at Scotiabank Saddledome. Seven different goal scorers lit the lamp in the including Calen Addison who tied the game in the final minute before Taylor Ross scored the game-winner early in overtime.

The Hitmen, who had the opportunity to close out the series, had six goal scorers strike in the defeat. Calgary went 1/4 on the power play in the game while letting the ‘Canes go 3/4 with the extra man in the victory.

Tickets for tonight’s game are unavailable as it will take place at Nicholas Sheran Arena. There will be a family, friendly viewing party at Bully’s at the Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds with the doors opening at 5:30pm.

The game will also be shown at Browns Socialhouse in Lethbridge and can be heard on 106.7 ROCK with the pre-game show starting at 6:40pm.

PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 7 of the best-of-seven first round series between the Hurricanes and the Hitmen. The series is tied 3-3. 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)     Jake Leschyshyn – 6G, 3A – 9 points
Game 2 – March 23rd, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (4-1 LET)            Calen Addison – 2G, 7A – 9 points
Game 3 – March 26th, 7:00pm – at Calgary (5-3 CGY)               Dylan Cozens – 4G, 4A – 8 points
Game 4 – March 28th, 7:00pm – at Calgary (5-2 CGY)               Jordy Bellerive – 2G, 5A – 7 points
Game 5 – March 30th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (6-5 CGY)           Jake Elmer – 1G, 5A – 6 points
Game 6 – March 31st, 4:00pm – at Calgary (7-6 OT LET)           Nick Henry – 4G, 2A – 6 points
Game 7 – April 2nd, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge                                Taylor Ross – 1G, 4A – 5 points

Goals (6) – Jake Leschyshyn                                        Assists (7) – Calen Addison
Points (9) – Jake Leschyshyn & Calen Addison
PIMS (13) – Scott Mahovlich                                        Plus/Minus (+1) – Justin Hall
Wins (3) – Carl Tetachuk                                               Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.897) – Carl Tetachuk                                     Goals Against Average (3.59) – 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

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

– 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

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 456 man-games worth of playoff experience. Of all the Hurricanes, the most experienced player is defenseman Igor Merezhko who has skated in 47 WHL Playoff games. The ‘Canes entered the 2018 WHL Playoffs with 190 man-games worth of experience

Game 7’s: Lethbridge has posted an all-time record of 6-0 in Game 7’s in their WHL post-season history. The ‘Canes last Game-7 victory was in the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs when they defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers in overtime.

All-Time Record: In the playoffs, the Hurricanes have posted an all-time 86-103 record in 189 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.

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