Sunday, 29 November 2015

Hurricanes Beat ICE 3-2

The Cane Train keeps on rollin'.

Justin Gutierrez scored a hatrick as the Hurricanes beat the Kootenay ICE 3-2 in Cranbrook Saturday night. He's been one of the hottest players on this team in the last couple of weeks and he provided all the offence for the Hurricanes in this one.

Lethbridge opened the scoring 4:17 into the first period when Gutierrez scored his first of the night and 9th of the season to make it 1-0 Hurricanes. The ICE tied things late in the period on a power play when Dylan Stewart scored to even the contest at 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.

In the second, the Canes regained their one goal lead when Gutierrez got his second of the game, and 10th of the season on a power play at 6:03. That made it 2-1 Hurricanes. Gutierrez then completed the hatrick with less than a minute to go in the period when he scored his 11th of the year. That goal turned out to be the game winner when it was all said and done. It also gave Lethbridge a 3-1 lead after two periods of play.

In the third, the ICE cut the lead to one when Matt Alfaro scored an early power play goal to get Kootenay back into the game. Despite plenty of time remaining in the period, the ICE just couldn't fine the equalizer in this one. Skinner was able to shut the door in goal and the Lethbridge Hurricanes would skate away with their 4th straight win, 3-2 in Cranbrook.

The victory improves the Canes overall record to 17-9 on the season. They badly out shot the ICE 43-23. The Hurricanes went 1/5 on the power play and the ICE were 2/3.

The Canes are poised for their best WHL season in a very long time. It's usually by the end of November that we start to see teams establish themselves. The past few years, the Hurricanes season what pretty much done at this stage as playoffs were a very distant thought. Not this year. This team is very much in the race. They sit tied with the Calgary Hitmen for second place in the Central Division with 4 points each. The two teams meet next Wednesday in Lethbridge (Dec. 2) for what will be a very important game. Puck drop is at 7:00 pm MST. The Hurricanes, in fact play their next three games at the ENMAX Centre as the focus shifts to the next few weeks leading up to the WHL's annual Christmas break.

As of Sunday morning, the Hurricanes sit just four points back of the Red Deer Rebels for first place in the Eastern Conference.


Saturday, 28 November 2015

Canes Double Wheat Kings 4-2

JThe Lethbridge Hurricanes continued to add to their impressive home record this season with a 4-2 win Friday night against the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.

It was a big win for the Canes, given the fact the two teams were tied with 30 points heading into the game.

The Canes got things going in this game when Egor Babenko notched his 13th goal of the season at the 2:23 mark to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. Brandon though ended up evening the score and then taking the lead before the end of the period. John Quenneville tied the game a few minutes later and then with under five minutes to go in the period Tanner Kaspick gave the Wheaties the lead, 2-1 after 20 minutes of play.

In the second, the Hurricanes got back to even terms with another early period goal, this once courtesy of Tyler Wong, his 18th of the season and the game was tied at 2-2. The game winner in this game came less than two minutes later. Justin Gutierrez scored his first of two on the night and his 7th of the season to make it 3-2 Lethbridge after two periods of play.

In the third, the Canes looked to get some insurance and that's exactly what happened. Justin Gutierrez scored his second of the night and 8th of the year to give Lethbridge a 4-2 lead. That goal put the Hurricanes in the driver's seat for the rest of the evening as they went on for win.

The victory improves the Canes record to 16-9 on the season and 11-2 at home. Lethbridge went 0/2 on the power play and Brandon 0/3. The Hurricanes also out shot the Wheat Kings in the game 38-28.

The Hurricanes will look for their 4th win in a row when they travel to Cranbrook Saturday night to take on the Kootenay ICE. The Canes hammered the ICE 9-0 earlier in the week.


Friday, 27 November 2015

Canes Destroy ICE 9-0

Nine different players chipped in as the Lethbridge Hurricanes hammered the visiting Kootenay ICE Thursday night at the ENMAX Centre.

This was the Canes most lopsided victory in several seasons. Brayden Burke lead the way with a goal and three helpers.

The game winning goal in this game actually came 11:10 into the first period when Barrett Sheen scored his first-ever WHL goal to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. That was the only goal of the period.

In the second though, the Hurricanes blew things wide open with four goals. Bryaden Burke scored his 6th of the season to make make it 2-0. That was followed by Giorgio Estephan's 9th of the season and Justin Gutierrez scoring his 6th to make it 4-0. The Hurricanes scored a power play goal late in the period when Tyler Wong notched his 17th to make it 5-0 Lethbridge after 40 minutes.

In the third, more offence from the Hurricanes. Cory Millette with a shorthanded marker, his 11th to make it 6-0. Arvin Atwal then scored his 5th of the year. That made it 7-0. The Canes ended scoring two more time on the power play to close things out. Goals by Carter Folk and Brett Davis, both scoring their 3rd of the season and this one would end heavily favouring the Hurricanes, 9-0.

The win improves the Canes record to 15-9 on the season. They also have the second-best home record in the Westerrn Hockey league this season at 10-2. Stuart Skinner earned the win and shut out. This was all Lethbridge from the get-go. They out shot the Kootenay ICE 48-18.

The Hurricanes went 3/5 on the power play in this game. Kootenay was 0/4.

The Hurricanes next action is Friday (Nov. 27) when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings. Both teams are tied with 30 points in the Eastern Conference, so this is a pretty important game. Puck Drop is 7:00 pm MST from the ENMAX Centre.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Babenko Makes NHL Scouting Watch List

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is proud to announce that first year import forward Egor Babenko has been listed as a ‘C’ skater in the latest NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

A ‘C’ rating indicates that Babenko could potentially be taken in the NHL Draft from rounds four to six.

In his first year with the Hurricanes, Babenko has collected 22 points (12g-10a) in 23 games so far this season. The 18-year-old from Tyumen, Russia was selected fifth overall in the CHL Import Draft in June. In 53 games in the Russian junior league last year, Babenko tallied 50 points (27g-23a) in 53 games with Ladia Togliatti.

Babenko is the only Hurricanes listed and is one of 51 WHL skaters to make the list.

The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will take place from June 24-25 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

(Hurricanes Media Relations)


Nielsen Signs With NHL's Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the club has signed 2015 draft picks Andrew Nielsen and Dmytro Timashov to entry level contracts.

Nielsen, 19, was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the third round (65th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The Red Deer, Alberta native has collected 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 23 regular season games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season. Nielsen is fourth in team scoring and tied for second among all WHL defencemen.

(From Toronto Maple Leafs website)

Nielsen went onto twitter to say:

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Cougars 4 & Hurricanes 2

The Lethbridge Hurricanes had a one goal lead in the third period slip away as they lost 4-2 to the visiting Prince George Cougars Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.

A loss for the Hurricanes on home ice this season has been a rarity. The defeat to the PG was only the second loss in ten games this season at home.

The Cougars got the offence going first in this game. Less than two minutes into the contest, Colby McAuley beat Jayden Sittler to make it 1-0 for the visitors. That lone goal held up through the opening 20 minutes of play.

In the second, the Hurricanes started to find their groove. Brett Davis scored his first-ever WHL goal 6:10 into the period to even the game at 1-1. Then before the end of the period, the Hurricanes power play got to work as Justin Gutierrez scored his 5th of the season to give the home team the lead 2-1 after two periods of play.

It stayed that way until the midway point of thee third period, when things kind of fell apart for the Hurricanes. Tate Olson scored to tie the game at 2-2 at the 8:12 mark. Then Chase Witala gave Prince George the lead again just over four minutes later. That would end up being the game winner in this one. Sam Ruopp iced it with an empty-netter with just 10 seconds to go as the Cougars came from behind to win 4-2.

The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 13-90 on the season. They have one win in their last five games. The Canes out shot the Cougars 34-24. The Hurricanes went 1/4 on the power play and PG 0/2.

The Hurricanes will look to rebound Saturday (Nov. 21) when they host Saskatoon. The Blades are close to a .500 team this season with 9 wins in 20 games. Game time from the ENMAX Centre is 7:00 pm MST.


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Teddy Bear Toss Dec. 5

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club are proud to announce that the Canadian Tire Teddy and Toque Toss will take place Saturday, December 5th, 2015 when the Hurricanes host the Red Deer Rebels at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

This year will be the 20th anniversary of the Teddy and Toque Toss in Lethbridge after starting back in 1995. Last year the Hurricanes incorporated a new element to the night including toques as well. A total of 2,477 stuffed animals and 461 toques were collected at last years Teddy and Toque Toss when former Hurricane Taylor Cooper scored to send the bears and toques flying at the 12:04 mark of the third period. The Hurricanes record for bears collected came in 2007 when 5,202 fans threw 21,905 bears on the ENMAX Centre ice.

The Teddy Bear Toss is a popular tradition near the Christmas season celebrated by many hockey teams throughout North America that originated in 1993 at a Kamloops Blazers game. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal, and in Lethbridges case also a toque, to the game and throw them on the ice when the home team scores their first goal.

Once again this year, the Hurricanes will deliver all bears and toques collected to local organizations, including: Chinook Regional Hospital Pediatrics Ward, the Interfaith Food Bank, Piikani Youth Centre, the RCMP Victim Services Unit, Blood Tribe Police, Head Dress Society, Salvation Army, Streets Alive and 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union on behalf of Lethbridge Family Services Angel Tree for Kids. Following the Teddy Bear and Toque Toss night, Hurricane players will make a special visit to children at the Chinook Regional Hospital and deliver stuffed animals.

Tickets for the Teddy and Toque Toss go on sale Friday, November 20th, at both Canadian Tire locations. Tickets are available for $9.99 and with the purchase of a ticket, fans will also receive a teddy bear or toque for the evening.