Lethbridge Hurricanes (29-15-4-3)
at Red Deer Rebels (22-21-4-3)
Wednesday, Feb. 1 – 7 p.m. (Mountain)
Channels: Local Shaw SD; Shaw HD 304; Shaw Direct Satellite HD Classic 120 or Advanced 620
It’s full steam ahead Wednesday night on WHL on Shaw as the ‘Cane Train rolls into Red Deer for a Central Division clash with the Rebels.
With points in 11 consecutive outings (9-0-1-1), the Lethbridge Hurricanes continue on their torrid tear in the second half of the WHL season. Tuesday night, they used the shootout to edge past Nolan Patrick and the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The win kept the ‘Canes within six points of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who lead the Central Division with 71 points through 51 games.
As for the Rebels, they hold down the third slot in the Central Division, six points head of the Calgary Hitmen. Last time out, Red Deer dropped a 4-1 decision to the dangerous Regina Pats on Saturday evening.
Captain Tyler Wong leads the Hurrricanes high-flying offense, having recorded 71 points (36G-35A) in 48 games this season. Wong’s totals are good enough for fifth in the WHL.
Czech import Michael Spacek is enjoying a career season, establishing new highs in goals (21), assists (38) and points (59) through 40 games. He leads the Rebels in overall scoring in his second WHL campaign. During the 2015-16 season, the 19-year-old prospect of the Winnipeg Jets collected 54 points (18G-36A) in 61 games.
Fresh off a strong showing at the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Quebec City, Stuart Skinner is back with the Hurricanes and has been the workhorse to this point in the season. Through 44 appearances, the lanky netminder is 24-13-3-2 with a 3.33 goals-against average and .903 save percentage with one shutout.
Lasse Petersen continues to hold down the fort for the Rebels, maintaining a record of 12-10-3-0 with a 3.07 GAA and .896 SV% in 27 appearances this season.
Wednesday marks the fifth of six meetings this season between the Hurricanes and Rebels.
The Hurricanes hold the edge in the series to date, having going 3-0-1-0 against the Rebels through four games. Most recently, the Hurricanes earned a 3-1 victory on home ice on Jan. 7, with Wong scoring twice and Skinner making 44 saves.
Following Wednesday’s matchup, the two teams wrap up their season series on Feb. 8 back in Red Deer.
— Red Deer Rebels (@Rebelshockey) February 1, 2017
Red Deer Rebels
Head coach: Brent Sutter
Scoring leaders: C Michael Spacek (21-38-59); LW Brandon Hagel (20-27-47); LW Evan Polei (22-20-42)
Goaltending leader: Lasse Petersen (27GP, 12-10-3-0, 3.07 GAA, .896 SV%)
Power play: T-17th – 17.8 per cent
Penalty kill: 16th – 76.3 per cent
Injuries/unavailable: D Alexander Alexeyev (lower body, indefinite); F Brandon Cutler (upper body, day to day); D Jacob Herauf (lower body, day to day); F Reese Johnson (upper body, indefinite); G Riley Lamb (lower body, day to day); F Grayson Pawlenchuk (lower body indefinite)
— LethbridgeHurricanes (@WHLHurricanes) February 1, 2017
Head coach: Brent Kisio
Scoring leaders: RW Tyler Wong (36-35-71); C Giorgio Estephan (24-35-59); RW Zak Zborosky (32-25-57)
Goaltending leader: Stuart Skinner (44GP, 24-13-3-2, 3.33 GAA, .903 SV%, 1 SO)
Power play: Fifth – 24.4 per cent
Penalty kill: 14th – 77.4 per cent
Oct. 29 – Red Deer (1) at Lethbridge (6)
Dec. 2 – Red Deer (3) at Lethbridge (5)
Dec. 3 – Lethbridge (2) at Red Deer (3) – OT
Jan. 7 – Red Deer (1) at Lethbridge (3)
Feb. 1 – Lethbridge at Red Deer
Feb. 8 – Lethbridge at Red Deer
WHL on Shaw
Saturday, Feb. 4 – Edmonton Oil Kings at Regina Pats
Friday, Feb. 10 – Medicine Hat Tigers at Calgary Hitmen
Friday, Feb. 17 – Victoria Royals at Lethbridge Hurricanes