You’ve been asking for this game and we are here to deliver! It’s time to relive Wonger’s OT shorty from Round 2, Game 7 in the 2017 Playoffs! Puck drops at 7:00PM.
Medicine Hat, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes will visit the Medicine Hat Tigers in a winner-take-all Game 7 tonight at 7:00pm at the Canalta Centre.
The Hurricanes look to win their second straight Game 7 after earning a 6-2 victory in the seventh game in their first round series against the Red Deer Rebels. The ‘Canes find themselves in Game 7 after falling 5-2 in Game 6 on Sunday night at the ENMAX Centre. Egor Babenko scored twice in the losing cause.
The Tigers were 3/6 on the power play in the Game 6 victory in Lethbridge on Sunday. Matt Bradley scored twice in the win while Steven Owre, Max Gerlach and John Dahlstrom scored the others in the victory. Michael Bullion made 24 saves in the winning cause.
The Hurricanes will look to remain perfect in Game 7’s as they are 4-0 in franchise history in seventh and deciding games, including 1-0 on the road in Game 7’s.
PLAYOFF SERIES: Tonight will be Game 7 of the best-of-seven series between the Hurricanes and the Tigers. The series is tied at 3-3. The ‘Canes and Tigers have not met in the WHL post-season since 1991 when the Hurricanes eliminated them in 7 games – that was the only time the two have faced off in 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 (5-2 LH)
Game 4 – April 12th, 7:00pm – at Lethbridge (3-2 OT MH)
Game 5 – April 14th, 7:30pm – at Medicine Hat (5-4 LH)
Game 6 – April 16th, 6:00pm – at Lethbridge (5-2 MH)
Game 7 – April 18th, 7:00pm – at Medicine Hat
2016-2017 PLAYOFF STATS LEADERS:
Goals (9) – Tyler Wong
Assists (11) – Egor Babenko
Points (19) – Tyler Wong
PIMS (18) – Jordy Bellerive
Plus/Minus (+8) – Ryan Vandervlis
Wins (7) – Stuart Skinner
Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.920) – Stuart Skinner
Goals Against Average (2.97) – Stuart Skinner
VS. 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 1stin 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:
Been a While: The Hurricanes and Tigers will square off in a post-season series for just the second time in history. The only previous meeting was back in 1991 when the ‘Canes knocked off the Tigers in seven games. Bob Loucks was the head coach of the Hurricanes that season.
Seventh Heaven: Tonight will be the second Game 7 in this post-season for the Hurricanes. The ‘Canes earned a 6-2 win in Game 7 in the first round against the Red Deer Rebels. The Hurricanes are a perfect 4-0 in Game 7’s in their history with one of those coming on the road.
Road Results: It has been a road series so far. The road team has won four of the six games in this best-of-seven second round with both the Hurricanes and Tigers winning once on home ice. The ‘Canes have won each of the last two games at the Canalta Centre (Game 2 and Game 5).
Oh, Giorgio: Giorgio Estephan has been racking up points. The four-year veteran has tossed 17 points (8g-9a) on the board in his last nine games since returning from injury in Round 1 against Red Deer. Estephan leads the WHL in playoff points and was named the WHL and CHL Player of the Week last week.
Locked Down: The Hurricanes, who had a difficult time holding leads early in their first round series with the Rebels, were outscored 10-2 in the third period in their first four playoff games. In the last nine post-season contests, the ‘Canes have been much better outscoring the opposition 14-7.
The Comeback: For the first time in franchise history the Hurricanes erased a 3-1 deficit to win a series in seven games. The ‘Canes fell behind 3-1 after losing Games 1, 3 and 4 but were able to battle back in the series eventually eliminating the Red Deer Rebels in Game 7 in Lethbridge on Tuesday.