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Throwback Thursday: 2017 WHL Playoffs Game 3 – Hurricanes vs. Tigers, Apr. 11/2017

Tonight, re-watch the Hurricanes score five unanswered goals on-route to a Game 3 playoff victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers! Puck drops at 7:00PM on YouTube!

Game Preview


Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes return home tonight at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre as they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers in Game 3 of their best-of-seven second round series.

The Hurricanes, who dropped a 4-0 decision in Game 1 on Friday, responded nicely to even the series at one game apiece with a 7-4 victory on Saturday night at the Canalta Centre. Giorgio Estephan led the way for the Hurricanes as he scored three times while adding an assist and was named the game’s first star.

The Tigers, despite surrendering the second game, have been led by the line of Steven Owre, Zach Fischer and Chad Butcher. The trio has combined for 12 points (5g-7a) in the first two games of the series – Fischer has scored three times, including two in Game 2.

Having earned the split in Medicine Hat, the Hurricanes now have home ice advantage in the series and will host Game 3 tonight before Game 4 tomorrow.

PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 3 of the best-of-seven series between the Hurricanes and the Tigers. The series is tied at 1-1. The ‘Canes and Tigers have not met in the WHL post-season since 1991 when the Hurricanes eliminated them in seven games – that was the only time in history the two have faced off in the playoffs.

PLAYOFF SERIES: (* if necessary)                                                
Game 1 – April 7th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat (4-0 MH)
Game 2 – April 8th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat (7-4 LH)
Game 3 – April 11th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
Game 4 – April 12th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
*Game 5 – April 14th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat
*Game 6 – April 16th, 6:00pm – at Lethbridge
*Game 7 – April 18th, 7:00pm – at Medicine Hat

HURRICANE TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Giorgio Estephan – 5G. 8A, 13 points
Tyler Wong – 6G, 6A – 12 points
Egor Babenko – 3G, 7A – 10 points
Zak Zborosky – 2G, 6A – 8 points
Brennan Menell – 3G, 5A – 8 points

2016-2017 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (6) – Tyler Wong
Assists (8) – Giorgio Estephan
Points (13) – Giorgio Estephan
PIMS (14) – Zane Franklin
Plus/Minus (+7) – Giorgio Estephan, Ryan Vandervlis
Wins (5) – Stuart Skinner
Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.917) – Stuart Skinner
Goals Against Average (2.90) – Stuart Skinner

TIGERS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Tigers met seven times in the 2016-2017 regular season with the ‘Canes posting a 3-4-0-0 record. The ‘Canes won three of the first four games while the Tigers took the final three head-to-head meetings.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
September 23rd/2016 – at Lethbridge (4-2 Hurricanes)
September 24th/2016 – at Medicine Hat (9-3 Tigers)
December 9th/2016 – at Lethbridge (3-2 Hurricanes)
December 30th/2016 – at Medicine Hat (9-7 Hurricanes)
February 11th/2017 – at Medicine Hat (5-0 Tigers)
March 17th/2017 – at Lethbridge (5-1 Tigers)
March 18th/2017 – at Medicine Hat (8-7 Tigers)

HURRICANE TOP 5 SEASON SCORERS
Tyler Wong – 51G, 58A – 109 points
Giorgio Estephan – 35G, 54A – 89 points
Zak Zborosky – 41G, 33A – 74 points
Brennan Menell – 12G, 59A – 71 points
Matt Alfaro – 25G, 35A – 60 points

2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (51) – Tyler Wong
Assists (59) – Brennan Menell
Points (109) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (103) – Zane Franklin
Plus/Minus (+29) – Tyler Wong
Wins (34) – Stuart Skinner
Shutouts (2) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.906) – Stuart Skinner
Goals Against Average (3.26) – Stuart Skinner

2016-2017 REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE LEADERS:

  • Tyler Wong was tied 1st in WHL Goals with 51 & 3rd in WHL Scoring with 109 points
  • Tyler Wong was tied 4th in WHL PP Goals with 15 & tied 2nd in WHL Game Winning Goals with 10
  • Giorgio Estephan was tied 11th in WHL Goals with 35 & is tied 9th in WHL Scoring with 89 points
  • Zak Zborosky was 5th in WHL Goals with 41 & tied 3rd in WHL Power Play Goals with 16
  • Brennan Menell was tied 3rd in WHL PP Assists with 28 & 2nd in WHL Defenseman Scoring with 71 points
  • Brennan Menell was tied 9th in WHL Defenseman Goals with 12 & 1st in WHL Defenseman Assists with 59
  • Calen Addison was tied 10th in WHL Rookie Scoring with 33 points (2nd among Rookie D-man Scoring)
  • Calen Addison was 1st among 2000-born scorers in the WHL with 33 points
  • Stuart Skinner was 2nd in Games Played (60); 2nd in WHL Wins with 34 & tied 6th in WHL Losses with 18
  • Stuart Skinner was 2nd in WHL Minutes by a Goalie (3386) & 2nd in WHL Shots (1933) & 2nd Saves (1749)
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