Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will look to keep their season alive tonight in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series with the Red Deer Rebels. The Rebels lead the series three games to one.
The Hurricanes find themselves in a 3-1 hole for the second straight post-season after dropping a 5-3 loss in Game 4 on Thursday in Red Deer. The ‘Canes once again had a multi-goal lead only to see the Rebels storm back to win. Tyler Wong scored twice while Jordy Bellerive added the other in the loss. Stuart Skinner made 38 saves in the defeat.
The Rebels have been led by Michael Spacek, Lane Zablocki, Evan Polei, and Brandon Hagel who have combined for 14 of the Rebels 15 goals in the series. Zablocki and Hagel each scored twice while Polei scored the game-winning goal for the second straight game on Thursday.
The Hurricanes will look to stave off elimination and force a Game 6 back in Red Deer on Sunday evening.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 5 of the best-of-seven series between the Hurricanes and the Rebels. The Rebels lead the series three games to one. It’s the first meeting between the Hurricanes and Rebels in the post-season since 2002 and the fifth time all-time.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES: (* if necessary)
Game 1 – March 25th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (4-2 RD)
Game 2 – March 26th, 6:00pm – at Lethbridge (5-2 LH)
Game 3 – March 29th, 7:00pm – at Red Deer (4-3 OT2 RD)
Game 4 – Thu, March 30th, 7:00pm – at Red Deer (5-3 RD)
Game 5 – Sat, April 1st, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
*Game 6 – Sun, April 2nd, 5:00pm – at Red Deer
*Game 7 – Tue, April 4th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge
HURRICANE TOP 5 PLAYOFF SCORERS
Egor Babenko – 3G. 3A, 6 points
Tyler Wong – 4G, 2A – 6 points
Jordy Bellerive – 1G, 3A – 4 points
Brennan Menell – 1G, 3A – 4 points
Zak Zborosky – 1G, 2A – 3 points
2016-2017 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (3) – Egor Babenko
Assists (3) – Jordy Bellerive
Points (3) – Egor Babenko & Jordy Bellerive
PIMS (7) – Zane Franklin
Plus/Minus (+4) – Ryan Vandervlis & Egor Babenko
Wins (1) – Stuart Skinner
Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.914) – Stuart Skinner
Goals Against Average (2.52) – Stuart Skinner
VS. REBELS, REGULAR SEASON: The Hurricanes and Rebels met six times in the 2016-2017 regular season with the ‘Canes posting a 5-0-1-0 record. The ‘Canes were 12-1-1-0 in their last 14 regular season head-to-head meetings. The lone Red Deer win came December 3rd at the ENMAX Centrium.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
October 29th/2016 – at Lethbridge (6-1 Hurricanes)
December 2nd/2016 – at Lethbridge (5-3 Hurricanes)
December 3rd/2016 – at Red Deer (3-2 OT Rebels)
January 7th/2017 – at Lethbridge (3-1 Hurricanes)
February 1st/2017 – at Red Deer (3-2 OT Hurricanes)
February 8th/2017 – at Red Deer (7-3 Hurricanes)
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)
NEWS & NOTES:In a Hole: The Hurricanes find themselves in a 3-1 hole in the best-of-seven series. The ‘Canes were dispatched in five games one year ago today (April 1st) in Game 5 against Regina after falling behind three games to one. The ‘Canes have never overcome a 3-1 series deficit in six times trailing three games to one.
Lead Me: The Hurricanes have had a difficult time holding leads in this series. The ‘Canes have had a two-goal lead in every game in the series only to see Red Deer storm back to win three out of the four games despite being behind the eight-ball. The ‘Canes were 32-2-2-2 in the regular season when leading after forty minutes but are 1-2-1-0 in the playoffs.