Relive the electrifying moment at the ENMAX Centre when playoff hockey returned to Lethbridge in 2016!
The Lethbridge Hurricanes begin the 2016 WHL Playoffs in Game 1 of their first-round best-of-seven series with the Regina Pats at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre.
It’s the first time since 2008-2009 that the Hurricanes will appear in the WHL post-season. The Hurricanes haven’t appeared in a playoff game since April 8, 2009 when they were eliminated by the Calgary Hitmen in a second-round series. Their last playoff win was Game 7 of a first-round series with the Saskatoon Blades on April 1, 2009.
The Hurricanes finished the 2015-2016 regular season with a record of 46-24-1-1 capturing the Central Division title for the first time since 1996-1997.
The Regina Pats finished the regular season with a 36-28-3-5 while finishing in the first Eastern Conference Wild Card position. It is the third consecutive year that the Pats have qualified for the post-season having reached at least 80 points in each of those years.
The Hurricanes and Pats met four times during the regular season with the Hurricanes posting a 1-2-0-1 record against Regina. The ‘Canes won the first meeting of the season back on October 14th by a 6-4 score but dropped the next three head-to-head battles. The two teams combined for a whopping 46 goals in the four contests; the Hurricanes averaged 5.50 goals per game while the Pats averaged 6.00 per game.
2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (43) – Tyler Wong
Assists (82) – Brayden Burke
Points (109) – Brayden Burke
PIMS (122) – Andrew Nielsen
Plus/Minus (+36) – Brayden Burke
Wins (27) – Stuart Skinner
Shutouts (3) – Stuart Skinner
Save % (.920) – Stuart Skinner
Goals Against Average (2.73) – Stuart Skinner
REGULAR SEASON LEAGUE LEADERS:
Tyler Wong was tied for 4th in WHL Goals with 43 and tied for 4th in WHL Power Play Goals with 14
Tyler Wong was tied for 3rd in WHL First Goals with 8 and 10th in WHL Scoring with 89 points
Brayden Burke was tied for 1st in WHL Assists with 82 and 1st in WHL Power Play Assists with 37
Brayden Burke was 9th in WHL Plus/Minus with +36 and 3rd in WHL Scoring with 109 points
Giorgio Estephan was tied for 4th in WHL Game Winning Goals with 6 and 19th in WHL Scoring with 74 points
Cory Millette was tied for 13th in WHL Goals with 34
Ryley Lindgren was tied for 4th in WHL Power Play Goals with 14 and 3rd in WHL Game Winning Goals with 7
Egor Babenko was 3rd in WHL Rookie Goals with 29 and 3rd in WHL Rookie Scoring with 69 points
Kord Pankewicz was 7th in WHL Power Play Assists with 22
Andrew Nielsen was tied for 8th in WHL Assists with 52 and 3rd in Defenseman Scoring with 70 points
Andrew Nielsen was tied for 5th in WHL Penalty Minutes with 122 and 12th in WHL Plus/Minus with +30
Stuart Skinner was 10th in WHL with a 2.73 GAA and 4th in WHL with a .920 SV%
Stuart Skinner was 6th in WHL Wins with 27 and 5th in WHL Shutouts with 3
Jayden Sittler was 13th in WHL with a 2.94 GAA and 13th in WHL with a .905 SV%
NEWS & NOTES:
Central Division Champs: The Hurricanes clinched the Central Division title with a 9-3 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on March 18th. It’s the first Division title for the Hurricanes since 1996-1997. The Hurricanes went on to win the WHL that season and appeared in the Memorial Cup.
Playoffs!?: The Hurricanes officially clinched a playoff spot on February 17th. It’s the first time since 2008-2009, a span of six years, that the ‘Canes qualified for playoffs. The last time the Hurricanes played a post-season game was April 8th, 2009. A span of 2,543 days between playoff games.
Lucky 45: On March 11th, the Hurricanes earned their 45th victory of the season; it’s just the fifth time in franchise history the Hurricanes have reached the 45-win plateau and the first time since 2007-2008 that they have accomplished that feat. The Hurricanes finished with 46 victories this season, their most since the 1996-1997 Championship season. Each time the ‘Canes hit the 45-win plateau they went to the WHL Final.
Oh, My Burke: Second-year forward Brayden Burke was ranked #68 on the NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings. Burke reached the 100-point plateau on March 4th in Saskatoon and finished the year with 109 points (27g-82a). He’s the first ‘Cane to reach the century mark since 2002-2003 when Jeremy Jackson had 102 points. He finished with the third-most assists (82) in one season by a Hurricane in franchise history.
Oh Captain, My Captain: On March 11th, Tyler Wong reached the 40-goal plateau becoming the first ‘Cane to reach 40 since Jonathan Filewich potted 42 in 2004-2005. In all 72 games this year, the four-year veteran had 89 points (43g-46a). He had the most goals in a single season by a ‘Cane since 2001-2002.
Sniping Skinner: On March 18th, Stuart Skinner scored an empty-net goal against the Medicine Hat Tigers becoming the first Hurricanes’ goaltender to accomplish the feat. He was just the seventh WHL goalie in history to score a goal. The moment capped off a terrific season by the sophomore who finished his second WHL campaign with a 27-10-1-0 record with a 2.73 GAA and a .920 SV% and three shutouts.
Offense from the Defense: Maple Leafs signed prospect, Andrew Nielsen, finished third in defenseman scoring with 70 points (18g-52a) in 71 games this year. He is just the third ‘Canes d-man in franchise history to reach the 70-point mark and the first since 1993-1994 joining Shane Peacock and Darcy Werenka as the only others. Peacock holds the single-season record when he scored 102 points (27g-75a) in 1992-1993.
Impactful Import: Egor Babenko finished his rookie campaign scoring 69 points (29g-40a) in 676 games. It was the highest single-season point total by a Hurricane import since 2001-2002 when Tomas Kopecky scored 76 points (34g-42a). Babenko was ranked #77 on the NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings.