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. 

Canes Make Trade With Warriors

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday that they have acquired a seventh round pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft in exchange for defenseman Brandon Kennedy.

In two seasons with the Hurricanes, Kennedy appeared in 40 games collecting four points (1g-3a) and 12 penalty minutes. The 18-year-old from Delta, BC, appeared in 18 games this season with the Hurricanes adding two assists with eight penalty minutes.

Kennedy was originally drafted in the sixth round, 113th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Hurricanes.

The move for the Hurricanes trims their overall roster to 22 including: two goaltenders, seven defenseman and 14 forwards.

The Hurricanes play a pair of home games this weekend as they welcome the Prince George Cougars on Friday before the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday.

Canes Crush Cancermonth continues with t-shirts available for $20.00 with the proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. The Hurricanes will raise awareness about Liver Cancer on Friday and Skin Cancer on Saturday 

Canes Beat Everett Silvertips 4-3

Egor Babenko and Cory Millete each had two goals as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the visiting Everett Silvertips 4-3 Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.

The victory was the second straight against a U.S. Division team this season for Lethbridge, but most importantly it ended a three game losing skid.

Everett did open the scoring in this hockey game when Devon Skoleski beat goalie Jayden Sittler midway through the period to make it 1-0 Silvertips. That score held up for the rest of the period.

In the second, the Hurricanes got things going. Cory Millette scoring his 8th goal of the season 2:13 into the period to even the score at 1-1. A few minutes later Russian Egor Babenko, who's having a great first year in the WHL, scored his 10th of the year to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead. The Tips came back to tie things up when Yan Khomenko scored to even the game at 2-2. Before the end of the period though, the Hurricanes regained the one goal cushion with Egor Babenko putting home his second of the game and 11th of the season to make it 3-2 Canes through 40 minutes of play.

In the third, Cory Millette put Lethbridge ahead by a pair with his 9th of the season and second of the game. That made it 4-2 Hurricanes. That was also a shorthanded goal and a big one as it turned out to be the game winner. Everett though wouldn't go quietly. Noah Juulsen got the Tips to within one with just over three minutes later. The Silvertips though couldn't manage the equalizer this time and the Hurricanes ended up holding on for a 4-3 victory.

The win improves the Hurricanes overall record to 13-8 on the season. Everett did hold a 34-29 edge in shots on goal in this game. Neither team managed a power play goal. The Canes went 0/2 and Everett was 0/2.

This is the second time this season the Hurricanes came home after losing losing three on the road, only to put an end to that skid. The Hurricanes little home stand will continue Friday (Nov. 20) when they host Prince George. The Canes will be looking for a little revenge, after the Cougars beat the Canes in the P.G. at the end of a long six game road swing a few weeks ago. Game time Friday is 7:00 pm MST from the ENMAX Centre.


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Canes Lose Three on Road Trip

It was a rough weekend for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, dropping all three of their games on a quick eastern road swing.

Things didn't get off to a good start in game one on Friday with a 4-2 loss to the Warriors in Moose Jaw. That ended a small winning streak for Lethbridge. The Canes out shot the Warriors 34-32 in that game with goals from Tyler Wong and Cory Millette in a losing cause. Stuart Skinner took the loss in goal.

Then Saturday, the Canes looked to rebound against the top team in the Eastern Conference in Brandon. Former Canes forward Reid Duke scored the game winner in the third period as the Wheaties beat the Canes 4-1. Egor Babenko scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes in that game. It was a long night for Jayden Sittler in goal as the Wheat Kings out shot the Canes 45-29.

Lethbridge was looking to rebound Sunday afternoon and finish the road swing on a positive note, however the Pats had very different plans. The Hurricanes let a 3-2 lead slip away as the Pats scored four times in the third period to come back and beat the Canes 5-3. Stuart Skinner took the loss in goal in this game. The Pats out shot Letbridge 39-36. Tyler Wong, Giorgio Estephan, and Arvin Atwal scored for Lethbridge.

A little more adversity for the Hurricanes, but the last time the Canes dropped three straight a few weeks ago, they buckled down and rebounded with a pair of wins. Hopefully a little taste of home sweet home again will be the key to getting this club back in the win column.

The losses drop the Hurricanes overall record to 12-8 on the season. The hockey club now returns home for a while after a fair bit of hockey on the road lately. The Canes will host the visiting Everett Silvertips Wednesday (Nov. 18). On Friday (Nov. 20) the Prince George Cougars pay a visit to the ENMAX Centre, and then Saturday (Nov. 21) the Saskatoon Blades comes to town. All games are 7:00 pm MST start times.