Tonight is the fourth and final meeting between the Hurricanes and Moose Jaw Warriors. Lethbridge leads the season series 2-1 so far, coming from behind to win 4-3 in OT on October 20th and four days later the Warriors skated away with a 3-2 win. The Hurricanes then won a matinee matchup on November 12th by a score of 4-1. The Hurricanes enter tonight’s game 5th in the East Conference while the Warriors are 10th in the East and are coming off a 4-3 loss to Red Deer on Saturday night. Lethbridge is 8-11-0-0 against Moose Jaw in the past 5 years, however on home ice they are 5-4-0-0. Leading the way against the Warriors is Jay Merkley who has 4 points (3G, 1A) while Brady Ramsay and Lenny Hackman each have 3 points.
2012 – 2013 Matchup:
October 20th: Hurricanes (4) Warriors (3) / OT
October 24th: Hurricanes (2) Warriors (3)
November 12th: Hurricanes (4) Warriors (1)
2012 – 2013 Stats Leaders:
Points (38), PPGs (9) – Russell Maxwell Goals (21), PIMs (104) – Jaimen Yakubowski
Assists (24) – Daniel Johnston Rookie Points Leader (23) – Axel Blomqvist
Plus/Minus (+10) – Lenny Hackman
Overall Powerplay: 38/205 (18.5%) Home Powerplay: 25/135 (18.5%)
Overall Penalty Kill: 36/176 (79.5%) Home Penalty Kill: 20/104 (80.8%)
Central Division: 6-7-0-3 East Division: 10-8-0-1 BC Division: 3-1-1-1 US Division: 0-2-0-0
Last 10 games: Sam McKechenie 5G, 8A (13 pts), Brady Ramsay 5G, 5A (10 pts), Dan Johnston 2G, 8A (10 pts)
Hurricanes Leading Scorers: Warriors Leading Scorers:
Russ Maxwell: 18G, 20A – 38 points Sam Fioretti: 19G, 19A – 38 points
Jaimen Yakubowski: 21G, 13A – 34 points Morgan Rielly: 7G, 21A – 28 points
Sam McKechnie: 19G, 14A – 33 points Brayden Point: 8G, 18A – 26 points
Daniel Johnston: 8G, 24A – 32 points Travis Brown: 8G, 18A – 26 points
Russ Maxwell: 6 points shy of 100 for his career. Graham Hood: 16 games shy of 300 for his career
Ty Rimmer surpassed the 1000 save mark this season on December 7th. He was the first CHL goalie to 1,000 and the first to 500 back on October 27th Rimmer surpassed 3,000 saves (regular season) for his career. His 29 saves vs. Regina on October 26th gave him 3,003 for his career. Christopher Tai posted his 1st career WHL win on November 28th vs. Prince Albert in just his 2nd career start.
Graham Hood hit the 100 career point milestone with 1 assist vs. Kootenay on September 29th.
Brady Ramsay recorded his 50th career point vs. Kamloops on October 19th, 2012.
Russ Maxwell played in his 150th career game on October 17th vs. Brandon.
Connor Sutton, Tyler Wong, Ryan Pilon, Remi Laurencelle, Axel Blomqvist, have all scored their first career WHL goals this season.
Lenny Hackman and Joel Topping have all recorded their first career WHL points as well this season.
Back from U17’s: Canes Rookie Forward Reid Duke (Team Pacific) and Ryan Pilon (Team West) rejoined the team on January 6th after competing at the World Under-17 Challenge. Canes prospect Kolten Olynek joined Pilon on Team West and has returned to the Saskatoon Contacts of the SMAAAHL. Pilon (who was Captain of Team West) finished with 2A in 5 games, while Olynek had 3G, 2A and Duke had 2G, 2A. Team West finished 9th with 4-1 consolation round win over Slovakia and Team Pacific claimed 5th with a 7-6 win over Ontario.
“Mac’s-imum” Exposure: The Hurricanes also had 12 of their Bantam picks name to the prestigious Mac’s Tournament that wrapped up Jan 1st. Giorgio Estephan, Kody White, Kolten Olynek, Carter Amson, Bryton Sayers, Jonny Hogue, Colby Chartier, Reid Nemeth, Phoenix Worth, Ryan Ferguson and listed players Joey Derosiers and Greydon Robinson all made the tournament.
Next up: The Hurricanes are back at it Wednesday, January 9th when they host the Vancouver Giants. Game time is 7:00pm with the pregame show on 94.1 CJOC with Pat Siedlecki starting at 6:30pm. At home or on the road you can follow your Lethbridge Hurricanes on Twitter @WHLHurricanes, play by play analysis @CanesCast or by checking out our website at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com. Fans can also follow us on our Official Facebook Page at facebook.com/WHLHurricanes or check out the game live on WHL Web TV. (Photo Credit: CanesCast)