December 16th, 2018

Canes take streak to the U.S.


By Woodard, Dale on December 7, 2018.

Lethbridge Herald

After picking up their fourth straight win, the Lethbridge Hurricanes take it south of the border and look to continue the streak tonight.

The Hurricanes are in Spokane tonight to take on the Chiefs in Western Hockey League play and wrap up the U.S. trek against the Tri-City Americans Saturday.

The Canes were pushed to overtime by the Kootenay Ice Wednesday night in Cranbrook before Dylan Cozens’ 15th of the season 1:07 into the three-on-three session gave Lethbridge the win that improves them to 15-8-3-2.

That puts the Hurricanes in a tie for second place in the Central Division with the 15-11-3-2 Edmonton Oil Kings – who Lethbridge has three games in hand on – and one point behind the first-place Red Deer Rebels (17-9-2-0).

Since arriving in Lethbridge in last Thursday’s blockbuster deal with the Regina Pats, the duo of Jake Leschyshyn and Nick Henry continue to settle in nicely.

Leschyshyn scored the game-tying goal Wednesday night that forced overtime with his 18th of the season and second with the Hurricanes. He has four points in four games, while Henry has a pair of assists over the same span.

Cozens has 37 points in 28 games, captain Jordy Bellerive is six behind with 31 points in 28 games and is on a six-game points streak with six goals and 13 points.

Taylor Ross continues to lead Lethbridge in goals with 16.

The Chiefs are led by Riley Woods’ 21 goals in 28 games. The next-closest is Adam Beckman with 13.

Woods is one of seven players to reach the 20-goal mark this season.

Spokane defenceman Ty Smith – recently seleted to attend Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp in Victoria next week – has 34 assists and 37 points in 25 games this season.

The 14-10-2-2 Chiefs are in a tight battle for second place in the U.S. Division with the Portland Winterhawks (16-10-0-2) and the Americans (14-11-1-1). They trail the Winterhawks by two points and are up a pair on the Americans and are 6-3-1-0 in their last 10 games.

Tonight’s game will feature two of the top-three power plays in the WHL.

The Chiefs boast the best man advantage unit in the league, scoring 31 power play goals on 115 chances for a success rate of 27 per cent.

The Canes are in third at 26.7 per cent (32-for-120).

The Hurricanes are 10th in penalty killing at 78.2 per cent (24 goals surrendered on 110 chances), while the Chiefs are ranked 14th at 77 per cent (26-for-113).

Lethbridge returns home Wednesday when the Kelowna Rockets visit the Enmax Centre at 7 p.m.

The Canes host the Kamloops Blazers Dec. 15 and head to Calgary the next day to play the Hitmen before breaking for Christmas.

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