By Woodard, Dale on December 6, 2019.
Plenty of plush toys will be flying at the Enmax Centre tonight as the Lethbridge Hurricanes host their 24th annual Canadian Tire Toque and Teddy Toss.
But as the Canes get set to host the Medicine Hat Tigers in Western Hockey League play at 7 p.m., they do so looking for another type of warm and fuzzy feeling.
That will come with a win that would snap a three-game winless skid and leapfrog Lethbridge over Medicine Hat and back into second place in the Central Division.
The Hurricanes head into tonight’s game coming off a 3-1 loss to the Everett Silvertips Wednesday night.
One night prior, the Tigers moved past the Canes and into second place with a convincing 8-3 win in Medicine Hat.
The Hurricanes are 17-9-0-4 and 4-5-0-1 in their last 10 games.
The Tigers sit at 19-7-0-1, 8-2-0-0 in their previous 10 games and bring a five-game winning streak into tonight.
Tonight’s tilt will feature two of the WHL’s three-leading scorers with the Hurricanes Dylan Cozens and the Tigers James Hamblin tied for 42 points alongside Aliaksei Protas of the Prince Albert Raiders.
Over the Tigers 8-2-0-0 run Hamblin has 20 points and is also tied for the WHL lead in assists with 25. Hurricanes defenceman Alex Cotton is tied for second with 24 helpers and continues to lead the league in scoring among blue-liners with 31 points in 30 games.
Hurricanes import forward Oliver Okuliar scored Lethbridge’s only goal Wednesday night for his league-leading 21st of the season. That gives him 38 points in 30 games, good for fifth in league scoring.
Medicine Hat’s Brett Kemp is in 10th in league scoring with 10 goals and 32 points in 27 games.
In goal, the Hurricanes Carl Tetachuk and Tigers Garin Bjorklund are seventh and eighth, respectively, in goals-against average at 2.39 and 2.40.
Tigers goaltender Mads Sogaard is tied for fifth in wins with 11, while Tetachuk is one back at 10.
After tonight’s game, the Hurricanes head to Swift Current to take on the Broncos Saturday at 6 p.m.
The team is back at the Enmax Centre Wednesday night when the Red Deer Rebels come to town.