Thursday, 27 November 2014

Canes End Skid, Skinner Earns Shutout

Stuart Skinner made a triumphant return to the Lethbridge Hurricanes line-up, stopping 37 shots to earn his first-ever Western Hockey League shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.

Skinner was away at the U-17's for two weeks and then suffered an injury in Hurricanes practice when he got back, sidelining him for two weeks. He made his presence felt, helping his team end what was a long nine game losing streak.

The game winner in this hockey game actually came just 60 seconds into the contest when Captain Jamal Watson scored his 11th goal of the season to put Lethbridge up 1-0 early. That turned out to be all the scoring in the first 20 minutes.

In the second, the Canes scored their second of the night late in the period, thanks to Andrew Neilsen's power play goal at 19:04. That gave the Canes a 2-0 lead through two periods of play.

In third period, Jamal Watson notched his second of the game and 12th of the season at 12:34 to put the Hurricanes ahead 3-0 and then with just over two minutes left in the game, Jaeger White scored his first of the season to ice the game for Lethbridge and the Hurricanes would go on to win 4-0.

Vancouver out shot Lethbridge 37-34. Skinner was perfect on the night turning away every puck directed his way. The Hurricanes improve to 6-15-3-1 on the season. It was their first win in just under a month.

The Canes now hit the road for a pair of games south of the border. They'll take on the Americans in Tri-City Friday (Nov. 28) and then in Spokane Saturday (Nov. 29). The Canes don't play again at home until next Saturday (Dec. 6) when they host Red Deer for their annual Teddy Bear & Toque Toss game.


Monday, 24 November 2014

Raiders Battle Back to Beat Hurricanes 5-3

The struggles continue for the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Sunday afternoon, the Prince Albert Raiders erased a one-goal deficit three times and came back to beat the Canes 5-3 at the ENMAX Centre. The loss was the Canes 9th in a row. So far, the club has been unable to register a win in the month of November.

The Canes scored first in this game when Bryton Sayers fired a point shot on a power play at 13:03, scoring his at of the season to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. It was actually a very good opening period for the Hurricanes as they out shot PA 15-9.

In the second, the Raiders evened things up when Jayden Hart scored early in the period to tie the game at 1-1. The Canes got that one back less than a minute later when Zane Jones scored his 11th goal of the season to restore the one goal lead for Lethbridge. Late in the period, Prince Albert got back on to even terms again when Gage Quinny scored his first of two on the afternoon to tie the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play.

In the third, the Hurricanes scored to take the lead for a third time when Jamal Watson put home his 10th of the season to give Lethbridge a 3-2, but the Raiders wouldn't die. The scored three times to win it. Gage Quinny tied the game with his 2nd of the afternoon at 6:24 to even the score at 3-3. Then PA took its first lead late in the period when Josh Morrissey's point shot found its way through. That gave the Raiders a 4-3 lead. In the final minute, the Raiders would ice the game when Reid Gardnier scored and that was it. PA wins it 5-3.

The loss drops the Canes overall record to 5-15-3-1 in 24 games this season. Shots were even at 35-35. Lethbridge went 1/5 on the power play and PA 0/3.

The Hurricanes will host the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday (Nov. 26). Then its on the road this weekend for games in Tri-City and Spokane.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Warriors Down Hurricanes 5-1 at ENMAX Centre

Two former Lethbridge Hurricanes combined for five points as the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the Canes 5-1 Saturday night.

Jaimen Yakubowski had a goal and one assist while Kolten Olynek added three helpers to help the Warriors to victory. After a scoreless opening period, the visitors broke the game open with three goals in the second period.

Jaimen Yakubowski scored early in the period with a goal at 2:34 to give Moose Jaw a 1-0 lead. The Warriors jumped ahead 2-0 three minutes later when Dustin Perillat beat Zac Robidoux on a power play. Moose Jaw kept the offence coming. A few minutes after that they struck again, this time Tanner Eberle scored at the 8:29 mark to make it 3-0 Moose Jaw. Those three goals in just under six minutes changed the complexion of the entire hockey game. The Canes got their only goal of the game midway through the second period on a power play, courtesy of Tyler Wong. That cut the Warriors lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.

In the third, Moose Jaw put the game away when a pair of goal in the final five minutes. Torrin White, who was playing against his brother Jaeger for the first time scored at 14:40 to make it a 4-1 game and then in the final minute Austin Adam fired a shot by Robidoux to give Moose Jaw a 5-1 lead and that's the way this game would end. The Warriors out shot the Hurricanes 30-27. Moose Jaw was 1/3 on the power play and Lethbridge 1/6.

The loss was the Hurricanes 8th in a row and drops their record to 5-14-3-1 in 23 games this season. The Canes are only slightly ahead of where they were at this same time last season when the club has just 3 victories through their first 23 games.

Generating offence continues to be a huge problem for Hurricanes has the club enters the final week of November. The one goal Saturday gives the club a total of 54, still the lowest goals for total in the Western Hockey League to date. Every other team in the WHL has scored 60 or more to this point.

Ironically the last time the Hurricanes won a game was against the team the play Sunday afternoon (Nov. 23). The last time the Canes won was way back on October 29th when they beat Prince Albert at home. The Raiders fired their head coach after that and since then they've been playing better hockey. PA comes into this mid-afternoon game with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games and winners of two straight.

Game time is 4:00 pm MST. The Canes host Vancouver Wednesday (Nov. 26). They its on the road to the U.S. next weekend with games in Tri-City and Spokane.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

ICE Hand Canes 7th Straight Loss

Tim Bozon scored twice as the Kootenay ICE beat the struggling Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-1 Friday night in Cranbrook.

The Canes had trouble generating offence most the game as they were out shot 48-26 when it was all said and done.

It was scoreless through 20 minutes of play in this game. Robidoux made his 8th consecutive start in goal for the Canes as Stuart Skinner remains sidelined with injury.  Kootenay though got things going in the second period with a pair of goals. Tim Bozon opened the scoring at the 8:36 to make it 1-0 ICE. Bozon scored again in the final minute to give Kootenay a 1-0 lead through 40 minutes of play. That late goal really took the wind out of the Canes sails.

The Hurricanes scored their only goal 26 seconds into the third period when Taylor Cooper beat Wyatt Hoflin to cut the lead to 2-1. Kootenay got that back very quickly. Just 25 seconds later Levi Cable scored to restore the one goal lead for the home team making it 3-1. It stayed that way until the last minute. That's when Rinat Valiev scored into an empty net to give Kootenay a 4-1 lead and then with just 5 seconds to go, Jaedon Descheneau notched a power play goal and the ice would skate away with a 5-1 victory.

The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 5-13-3-1 in 22 games this season. The Canes have lost 7 games in a row as they try and find a way to get out of this funk. The Canes last win came October 29th against Prince Albert, a team this play Sunday at the ENMAX Centre.

Another issue for the Hurricanes is scoring. They've scored a league-lowest 53 goals so far this season. They must find a way to generate more offence in order to try and get things fixed.

The Canes are back home Saturday (Nov. 22) when they host Moose Jaw. The Warriors are 9-11-2-1 on the season. Prince Albert will play in Lethbridge Sunday. That's a 4:00 pm face-off.


Friday, 21 November 2014

Hurricanes Announce Advisory Panel

At a news conference Friday morning, the Lethbridge Hurricanes were joined by officials with the ENMAX Centre and Ron Sakamoto in announcing new board initiatives and a new Advisory Committee.


In partnership with the City of Lethbridge and Ron Sakamoto, the mandate of the Advisory Committee is to help support the Hurricanes community owned franchise with promotion, fundraising initiatives and ticket sales. Lethbridge Hurricanes Board President, Doug Paisley adds “a key component behind the committee is for the ENMAX Centre to work with us in helping build the identity and culture of our hockey club. We’re looking to achieve this with banners and other identifiable markers that commemorate the heritage and the past players that have achieved the highest level in the sport.”


Ron Sakamoto, the leading music promoter in Canada as well as a long time supporter of organizations and businesses in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, continues to give back and he wants to see success come to the Hurricanes. Sakamoto does business across Canada, but he’s passionate about what happens here. “I live here, this is my home, this is my community and I’m really proud of it. In order to keep this a community owned team, I’m happy to lend my support to the organization but we have to have everyone’s help to keep them in the community.” 


Sakamoto is looking at bringing in new initiatives to the table including the introduction of new benefits to Season Ticket Holders as well as bringing in concerts with proceeds that would benefit the club.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Three Hurricanes Catch Eye of NHL Central Scouting

Giorgio Estephan was listed on the preliminary “2015 North American Watch List” in September and made his return to the Hurricanes lineup in October after missing all of training camp and the start of the season to injury. The 6’0, 188 pound Centre is listed as a WHL “C” skater on the watch list. Estephan, a native of Edmonton has played in 15 games this season with 1G, 3A.

Kade Jensen is in his second full season in the Western Hockey League and also appears as a “C” skater on the watch list. The 6’1 1/2, 191 pound defenseman from Calgary has 5 points (1G, 4A) and 28 PIM’s in 17 games this season.

18 year old Andrew Nielsen from Red Deer is in his first season in the WHL and has appeared in 18 games this season. At 6’3 and 207 pounds, Nielsen has registered 8 points (2G, 6A) with 32 PIM’s.

Players on the CSS list are ranked on an “A” to “C” hierarchy in terms of the rounds at the NHL draft.

• A Rating -- Indicates a 1st round candidate

• B Rating -- Indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate

• C Rating -- Indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate

• LV (Limited Viewing) -- Injured players who have not had sufficient viewings to be categorized.

(From Hurricanes Media Relations)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Canes Set For Teddy Bear & Toque Toss Dec. 6

It’s an annual tradition and one of the highlights of the Lethbridge Hurricanes season!

The 19th annual Canadian Tire/Global TV Teddy Bear & Toque Toss Night is set for Saturday, December 6th when the Hurricanes take on the Red Deer Rebels at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm.

This year a new element has been added to the evening. With the cold weather approaching, both Canadian Tire locations are also selling toques and with the purchase of a teddy bear OR toque for $9.99, fans will also receive a ticket to the game.

Last season, former Hurricanes Forward Russ Maxwell scored the goal that sent the stuffed animals onto the ice with 3:07 left in the second period with Prince Albert. Over 23-hundred bears were donated and distributed across Southern Alberta. Each year the collection of bears goes to help organizations like: Chinook Regional Hospital – Pediatrics Ward, the Interfaith Food Bank, Piikani Youth Centre, RCMP Victim Services Unit, Blood Tribe Police, Head Dress Society, Salvation Army, Streets Alive and 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union on behalf of Lethbridge Family Services Angel Tree for Kids.

Following teddy bear night, some of the players will make a special delivery to visit kids and deliver the bears to the Chinook Regional Hospital. Details on the delivery to the hospital will be finalized in the coming weeks.

(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)