Hurricanes Begin BC Trip Against Royals
Victoria, BC – The Lethbridge Hurricanes open a five-game BC Division road trip tonight at 8:00pm MT as they visit the Victoria Royals at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre.
The Hurricanes (10-8-2-0) enter after ending their three-game homestand with a 5-1 win over the Wenatchee Wild last Friday. Miguel Marques and Kooper Gizowski scored twice while Blake Swetlikoff added the other. Harrison Meneghin made a season-high 41-saves in the victory. The win ended a four-game home losing streak for the Hurricanes. Lethbridge enters with a 4-5-0-0 record on the road this season while they are 2-2-0-0 against Western Conference opponents.
The Royals (12-8-0-1) enter after earning back-to-back victories against the Kelowna Rockets, the most recent a 5-3 win on Tuesday. Five different goal scorers lit the lamp while Jayden Kraus made 28-saves in the win. Victoria enters with a 12-4-0-1 record in their last 17 games while going 8-0-0-1 in their last nine contests at home. The Royals are 8-3-0-1 on the season at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre.
Tonight will be the only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Royals. Lethbridge won the lone matchup against Victoria last season at the ENMAX Centre. The game can be streamed on WHL Live, watched at Browns Socialhouse in Lethbridge or heard on 106.7 ROCK.
DOWNLOAD GAME NOTES/STATS HERE: 2023-11-17 – LET at VIC
VS. ROYALS: Tonight will be the first-and-only meeting of the season between the Hurricanes and Royals. Last year, Lethbridge earned a 5-1 win in their lone meeting against Victoria. The ‘Canes have posted an all-time record of 13-13-0-1 against the Royals/Chilliwack Bruins franchise while going 5-8-0-1 on the road – the Hurricanes are 3-6-0-1 all-time at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre. Tonight will be Lethbridge’s first visit to Victoria since November 15th, 2019 – a span of 1,463 days.
2023-2024 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
November 17th/2023 – at Victoria
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
November 1st/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-1 LET)
2023-2024 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (8) – Brayden Edwards & Kooper Gizowski
Assists (11) – Noah Chadwick
Points (16) – Brayden Edwards & Miguel Marques
PIMS (43) – Landen Ward
Plus/Minus (+10) – Noah Chadwick
Wins (10) – Harrison Meneghin
Shutouts (2) – Harrison Meneghin
Save % (.928) – Harrison Meneghin
Goals Against Average (2.24) – Harrison Meneghin
– Elias Knoester has points in 3 straight games (3a); 5 of 7 games (2g-4a); 6 of 10 games (2g-5a)
– Kooper Gizowski has points in 3 straight games (4g); 5 of 7 games (7g)
– Kooper Gizowski has goals in 3 straight games (4g)
– Brayden Edwards has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a); 4 of 5 games (2g-2a); 10 of 15 games (6g-7a)
– Blake Swetlikoff has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a); 3 of 4 games (1g-2a); 6 of 14 games (2g-4a)
– Leo Braillard has points in 2 straight games (1g-1a); 8 of 9 games (4g-7a)
– Tyson Zimmer has points in 2 of 4 games (1g-1a); 5 of 8 games (3g-2a); 10 of 19 games (6g-5a)
– Logan McCutcheon has points in 2 of 4 games (4a); 3 of 8 games (5a); 5 of 12 games (7a)
– Noah Chadwick has points in 4 of 6 games (1g-3a); 7 of 10 games (2g-6a); 13 of 18 games (4g-11a)
– Miguel Marques has points in 2 of 5 games (2g-1a); 5 of 12 games (4g-5a); 8 of 17 games (6g-8a)
– Trae Wilke has points in 4 of 9 games (1g-4a); 6 of 12 games (3g-4a); 7 of 16 games (3g-5a)
– Logan Wormald has points in 2 of 3 games (1g-1a); 8 of 11 games (3g-7a)
– Carter Dereniwsky has points in 2 of 5 games (2g-1a); 3 of 7 games (3g-1a)
REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Logan McCutcheon is 17 points away from 100 career points
– Logan McCutcheon is 17 games away from 200 career games
– Joe Arntsen is 10 points away from 100 career points
– Noah Chadwick is 2 games away from 100 career games
– Kooper Gizowski is 20 games away from 150 career games
– Kooper Gizowski is 8 points away from 50 career points
– Miguel Marques is 11 games away from 100 career games
– Miguel Marques is 8 points away from 50 career points
– Logan Wormald is 18 games away from 150 career games
– Logan Wormald is 8 points away from 100 career points
– Brayden Edwards is 16 games away from 150 career games
– Brayden Edwards is 7 assists away from 50 career assists
– Tyson Zimmer is 3 assists away from 50 career assists
– Tyson Zimmer is 16 points away from 100 career points
– Blake Swetlikoff is 8 points away from 100 career points
NEWS & NOTES:
Thru 20: The Hurricanes enter tonight with a 10-8-2-0 record (22 points) on the season after 20 games. The ‘Canes are 6-3-2-0 at home and 4-5-0-0 on the road so far this season. In 2022-2023, the Hurricanes had posted a 11-8-0-1 record after 20 games.
Road Trippin’: Lethbridge will open their longest road trip of the season on Friday when they begin a five-game BC Division road trip against the Victoria Royals. The Hurricanes will face all five BC opponents on the 12-day trip that will see the team span roughly 4,000 kilometres.
Western Opposition: The ‘Canes are in a stretch where they will face Western Conference opponents nine times in a 12-game span. Lethbridge has posted a 2-2-0-0 against Western opponents so far this season with wins against Seattle and Wenatchee.
Golden Return: Hurricanes defenceman Will Sharpe and prospect goaltender Koen Cleaver both captured a gold medal at the 2023 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Prince Edward Island with Canada White. Sharpe was held pointless in 8 games while Cleaver appeared in two games posting a 2.43 goals against average and a .875 save percentage.
Giz-SCORE-ski: Third year forward Kooper Gizowski has found his scoring touch. Entering tonight, the Edmonton, AB, product has racked up seven goals in his last seven games. Gizowski has eight goals in 18 games this season. He enters tonight on a three-game goal streak.
Kash-ing In: The Hurricanes announced November 9th that 16-year-old Kash Andresen has been added to the Main Roster for the remainder of the 2023-2024 season. The Saskatoon, SK, product was selected by the ‘Canes in the second-round (33rd overall) in the 2022 WHL Draft.
Swiss Pick: Leo Braillard has been terrific since joining the Hurricanes via CHL waivers from the QMJHL’s Shawinigan Cataractes. The 2005-born import forward has recorded 11 points (4g-7a) in nine games while recording a point in all but one of those games. Braillard has 15 points (6g-9a) in 16 CHL games this season split between Shawinigan and Lethbridge.
The Work-horse: Hurricanes netminder Harrison Meneghin has been stellar this season. The Surrey, BC, product enters tonight with a 10-6-2-0 record on the season with a 2.25 goals against average and a .928 save percentage with two shutouts. Meneghin has started seven-straight games while having started 15 of the previous 16 games for the Hurricanes.