GAME DAY: Hurricanes Visit Tigers in Pre-Season Rematch
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue their 2023 ENMAX Pre-Season schedule tonight as they visit the Medicine Hat Tigers at 7:00pm at Co-op Place.
The Hurricanes (0-1-0-0) dropped a 7-3 decision to the Tigers in the pre-season opener on Tuesday at the ENMAX Centre. Logan Wormald and Miguel Marques both had a goal and an assist in the loss while Dustin Renas scored the other goal in the game. Brady Smith and Koen Cleaver split duties in the contest; Cleaver made 19-saves. Lethbridge was 1/4 with the power play in the game.
The Tigers (1-0-0-0) opened their pre-season schedule with the 7-3 win in Lethbridge. Shane Smith and Brayden Boehm each scored twice while Kadon McCann, Tyler MacKenzie and Cru Hanas added the others in the contest. Medicine Hat went 1/5 on the power play while outshot Lethbridge 38-33.
Tonight will be the final of two pre-season meetings between the Hurricanes and Tigers. It will be the final meeting between the Highway 3 rivals until November 3rd when they play their first of nine head-to-head regular season meetings.
DOWNLOAD GAME NOTES/STATS HERE: 2023-09-09 – LET at MH
VS. TIGERS: Tonight will be the second of a pair of pre-season games between the Hurricanes and Tigers. The Tigers took the opener by a 7-3 score on Tuesday in Lethbridge. The ‘Canes posted a record of 5-2-0-1 in eight regular season meetings against the Tigers in 2022-2023. Lethbridge went a perfect 4-0-0-0 against Medicine Hat at the ENMAX Centre last season.
2023-2024 REGULAR SEASON SERIES
November 3rd/2023 – at Medicine Hat
December 13th/2023 – at Lethbridge
December 16th/2023 – at Medicine Hat
December 30th/2023 – at Medicine Hat
January 12th/2024 – at Lethbridge
January 13th/2024 – at Medicine Hat
March 6th/2024 – at Lethbridge
March 22nd/2024 – at Lethbridge
March 23rd/2024 – at Medicine Hat
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON SERIES:
September 24th/2022 – at Medicine Hat (9-1 MH)
September 30th/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-4 LET)
November 5th/2022 – at Medicine Hat (3-2 LET)
December 9th/2022 – at Lethbridge (5-3 LET)
December 27th/2022 – at Lethbridge (3-2 LET)
February 4th/2023 – at Medicine Hat (4-2 MH)
February 10th/2023 – at Lethbridge (3-0 LET)
February 11th/2023 – at Medicine Hat (3-2 MH SO)
2023 ENMAX Pre-Season Schedule:
Game 1 – Tue, Sept. 5th – Lethbridge vs. Medicine Hat – 7:00pm (ENMAX Centre) – 7-3 Loss
Game 2 – Sat, Sept. 9th – Lethbridge at Medicine Hat – 7:00pm (Co-op Place)
Game 3 – Thu, Sept. 14th – Lethbridge at Calgary – 7:00pm (Seven Chiefs Sportsplex)
Game 4 – Fri, Sept. 16th – Lethbridge vs. Red Deer – 6:00pm (ENMAX Centre)
2022 PRE-SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (1) – Three Players
Assists (1) – Six Players
Points (2) – Logan Wormald & Miguel Marques
PIMS (2) – Four Players
Plus/Minus (E) – Multiple Players
Wins (0) – N/A
Shutouts (0) – N/A
Save % (.9.05) – Koen Cleaver
Goals Against Average (4.05) – Koen Cleaver
2022-2023 REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (22) – Logan Wormald & Tyson Laventure
Assists (35) – Cole Shepard
Points (55) – Cole Shepard
PIMS (90) – Joe Arntsen
Plus/Minus (+11) – Chase Pauls & Tristan Zandee
Wins (19) – Harrison Meneghin
Shutouts (3) – Bryan Thomson
Save % (.919) – Bryan Thomson
Goals Against Average (2.63) – Bryan Thomson
REGULAR SEASON MILESTONE WATCH:
– Logan McCutcheon is 29 points away from 100 career points
– Chase Pauls is 4 points away from 50 career points
– Joe Arntsen is 18 points away from 100 career points
– Noah Chadwick is 20 games away from 100 career games
– Logan Wormald is 18 points away from 100 career points
– Tyson Zimmer is 4 games away from 150 career games
– Hayden Smith is 9 games away from 150 career games
– Blake Swetlikoff is 15 points away from 100 career points
NEWS & NOTES:
Tune Up: The Hurricanes will play a total of four games during their 2023 ENMAX Pre-Season schedule. The ’Canes will face the Medicine Hat Tigers for a home-and-home set while also facing the Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels during the exhibition season. Lethbridge posted a 3-0-1-0 in their four-game pre-season in 2022. Lethbridge is 0-1-0-0 this pre-season.
Gone Pro: On August 10th, the Hurricanes announced that Brent Kisio resigned as head coach after eight years at the helm to accept an assistant coaching job with the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League. Kisio left the ‘Canes as the winningest coach in team history posting a 267-176-44 regular season record while qualifying for the playoffs each season.
New Bench Boss: The Hurricanes announced Bill Peters the 15th head coach in team history on August 30th. Peters, who has served as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames, returns to the WHL for the first time since 2008. He helped guide the Spokane Chiefs to a WHL and Memorial Cup Championship in 2008 before going to professional hockey. He has posted a 111-92-13 record as a WHL bench boss.
Maple Leafed: Hurricanes defenceman Noah Chadwick was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected in the sixth round (185th overall) by the Leafs. Chadwick became the third ‘Cane ever to be selected by Toronto and the first since Andrew Nielsen in 2015. He was the 81st player in Hurricanes history to have his named called in the NHL Draft.
Gone Campin’: A total of six Hurricanes from the 2022-2023 season attended NHL Development camps during the summer. Returning players included: Joe Arntsen (NYR), Chase Pauls (LAK), Harrison Meneghin (MIN) and Noah Chadwick (TOR). All of whom will also attend NHL rookie camps this fall.
Swedish Touch: The Hurricanes selected 2005-born forward Elias Knoester with their lone pick in the 2023 CHL Import Draft selecting him in the first round (42nd overall). The product of Olofstrom, Sweden became just the third player to hail from Sweden to be taken by the Hurricanes joining Albin and Axel Blomqvist.
35+ Wins: Lethbridge ended the 2022-2023 regular season with 36 victories which marked the fifth time in the last seven seasons (not including the shortened 2021 season) that the ‘Canes have reached the 35-win mark. It was the 13th time in team history the Hurricanes reached that plateau. It is also the seventh consecutive season recording 30-or-more wins, the longest stretch in franchise history – previous long was five years consecutively from 1989-90 to 1993-94.