January 24th, 2021

Battle of the snipers tonight

By Woodard, Dale on February 19, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald

After a busy Family Day long weekend, the Lethbridge Hurricanes resume their homestand tonight.

The Canes hit the ice for the first of four in a row at the Enmax Centre as Adam Beckman and the Spokane Chiefs visit at 7 p.m.

Tonight’s tilt is the first of the season between the two teams and will be a battle of the league’s top scorers as the likes of Hurricanes’ Dylan Cozens and Oliver Okuliar go up against Beckman, who leads the league in goals and points with 41 and 92 in 54 games.

Cozens is fifth in league scoring with 73 points in 43 games.

The Canes co-captain scored a hat trick in Friday night’s 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Ice for 32 on the season and joins Okuliar (31) above the 30-goal mark this year.

Of his 32 goals, Cozens has seven power-play goals and four shorthanded markers. Okuliar has 11 man-advantage markers and three shorthanded tallies.

The Hurricanes skate into tonight off a 1-2 weekend that featured a split with the Ice Friday and Saturday at the Enmax Centre and a 5-3 setback to the Edmonton Oil Kings Monday in Edmonton.

Monday’s win allowed the Oil Kings (37-9-6-3) to open up an eight-point gap on the 34-14-2-5 Hurricanes for first place in the Central Division.

Directly behind the Canes are the 34-18-2-1 Medicine Hat Tigers, four points back in third place.

The Chiefs come into tonight’s game at 32-18-4-1 with a solid grip on third place in the U.S. Division, seven points back of the Everett Silvertips, but 21 points clear of the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Spokane is 7-3 in their last 10 games and are coming off a 6-4 win over the Tri-City Americans Saturday night.

The Hurricanes home dates continue to the end of the month with the Moose Jaw Warriors here Friday followed by games against the Oil Kings and Brandon Wheat Kings Feb. 28 and 29, respectively.

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