September 29th, 2016

Friendly confines, Canes open five-game homestand tonight

By Lethbridge Herald on November 18, 2015.

Dylan Purcell
When Peter Anholt took the head coach and general manager’s jobs, he said he wanted to make the Enmax Centre a tough building to play in.
The job’s done so far this season. At 7-1 in the friendly confines of the Building Formerly Known as the Canada Games Sportsplex, the Hurricanes are one of the league’s best when they stay off the highway. The Red Deer Rebels at 8-1 and the 6-0 Seattle Thunderbirds are the only teams faring better at home.
The Canes host the Everett Silvertips tonight at 7 p.m. at the Enmax Centre, and they’ll continue their November fight-against-cancer promotion. Tonight’s game will focus on the fight against testicular cancer, a cause most Hurricanes fans are familiar with as two of the team’s alumni have battled the disease. One of those, forward Cody Smuk, died in June after cancer was found in his lungs.
The other is former Canes goaltender and Lethbridge product Dylan Tait. Tait’s cancer was found early enough and he’s been cancer-free since surgery last year cost him a season of play in goal for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns. The affable Tait has not only rebounded to help the Horns this season, he’s also been an advocate for self-testing and early detection. Tait will drop the puck on tonight’s ceremonial faceoff.
The team is selling collectible T-shirts as part of the promotion, with proceeds from the $20 shirts going to the Canadian Cancer Society.
The Silvertips are no road warriors, but have a respectable 3-3 record away from Washington state. Everett is 11-5-0-1, led offensively by Remi Laurencelle’s five goals and seven assists. Laurencelle played 100 games for the Canes from 2012-14, scoring five goals and adding 21 assists.
The real star of Everett’s show is goalie Carter Hart. The 17-year-old Sherwood Park product has played 17 games and has a .937 save percentage and a 1.74 goals against average.
Like the Silvertips, the Hurricanes are fifth in their conference, but Lethbridge is 12-8 and on a three-game losing streak. The Canes put out a lot of offence, especially from linemates Brayden Burke (5g, 26a) and Tyler Wong (20g, 16a) who also pace the number-one power-play unit on the league’s top-ranked power play. Giorgio Estephan centres that line and has eight goals and 17 assists this season,
Stuart Skinner and Jayden Sittler have split the starts in goal for the Canes, with Sittler looking every bit the steady veteran hand with a .925 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA. Skinner, in his second season and 17 years old this month, has an .893 save percentage and a 3.88 GAA.
NOTES — The Brandon Wheat Kings announced that F Tak Anholt left the team for personal reasons. Anholt was a Canes draft pick and part of the Reid Duke-Macoy Erkamps trade in October 2014 that saw the Canes acquire D Kord Pankewicz and F Ryley Lindgren. … D Andrew Nielsen’s seven goals and 15 assists have him tied for the league lead among defenceman with three other players. Nielsen, however, leads that group in goals. The others are Travis Sanheim of the Calgary Hitmen (6g, 16a), Ethan Bear of the Seattle Thunderbirds (5g, 17a) and Joe Hicketts of the Victoria Royals (1g, 21a). Nielsen has a clear lead over those players in a dubious stat, penalty minutes, with 42.

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