Thursday, 30 October 2014

Hurricanes Down Raiders 5-2 at ENMAX Centre

The Lethbridge Hurricanes earned their 4th win in their last 5 games with a home ice victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday night.

The Hurricanes were looking to rebound after a lopsided loss in Regina last Sunday. This was the second time in less than a week that Lethbridge and P.A. would hook up. The Canes got things going in this game when Tyler Wong scored his first of three on the night at 12:41 mark of teh first period to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. That was his 3rd goal of the season. The Hurricanes added one more before the end of the period. Andrew Neilson notched his second goal of the season a few minutes later to make it 2-0 Lethbridge after one period of play.

In the second, the Hurricanes would add to their lead. Tyler Wong scored his second of the game and 4th of the season to put the Canes on top 3-0. The Raiders though would get back into this game in a hurry with a pair of goals in the final three minutes of the period. Darcy Zaharichuk beat Zac Robidoux to cut the Canes lead to 3-1 and less than two minutes later Marcus Messier scored to cut the Lethbridge lead to 3-2 after 40 minutes.

In the third, the Canes would put this game to bed. Captain Jamal Watson scored early in the period at the 1:39 to put the home team ahead 4-2. It stayed that way until the final minute of the game when Tyler Wong scored his hatrick goal into an empty net and that sealed the game. The Canes went on to win it 5-2.

The victory improves the Canes record to 5-9-0-1 in 15 games this season. Lethbridge out shot P.A. 34-33.

The Hurricanes next game is at home Friday (Oct. 31) when they host Reid Duke and the Brandon Wheat Kings. Game time from the ENMAx Centre is 7:00 pm MDT.

Thanks,
Pat

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Hurricanes Reassign (F) Michael Holub

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are down to 25 on their roster after they reassigned Forward Michal Holub.

Holub was acquired prior to the 2013 trade deadline when they sent Russ Maxwell to the Seattle Thunderbirds for Holub, overager Seth Swenson and a 4th round draft pick.

The 18 year old from Mission, BC played 20 games for the Hurricanes with 1 goal, 8 PIM’s and he was a minus-13 plus/minus rating. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, he had played 66 games with the Thunderbirds where he registered 3 goals and 5 assists.

Holub is expected to join the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Canes Steven Alldridge Retires From Hockey

The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Tuesday Forward Steven Alldridge has decided to retire from the Western Hockey League.

 

The 18-year old from Inuvik, NWT came to the Hurricanes in the Corbin Boes trade to the Portland Winterhawks prior to last year’s trade deadline. At the time of the trade, the 6’3, 200lb left winger had played 24 games with the Winterhawks where he was a minus-4 plus/minus rating to go along with his 54 penalty minutes.

 

Alldridge played 15 games with the Hurricanes, before a shoulder injury cut short the 2013-2014 season and he had yet to return to the lineup this season.  

 

The Lethbridge Hurricanes thank Steven for all his contributions to the hockey team both on the ice and in the community. The hockey club wishes Steven all the best in his future endeavors.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Pats End Hurricanes Win Streak at Three

The Regina Pats scored and scored often as they hammered the Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-1 Sunday evening in the Queen City.

The loss put a stop to the Canes first three game winning streak in nearly two seasons. Stuart Skinner started his 4th game in a row, including his 3rd game in three nights, but the Pats found a way to chase the star rookie goaltender in this game.

The Pats got things going in this game when Calgary Flames product Morgan Klimchuk scored at12:36 of the first period to give the Pats a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.

Regina blew the game open in the second with four goals. Braden Christoffer, Adam Brooks, Patrick D'Amico, and Austin Wagner all scored for the Pats to give the home team a commanding 5-0 lead through two periods of play. Christoffer's goal was scored on the power play.

The Pats kept the offence coming in the third period, when Christoffer and D'Amico both scored their second goals of the hockey game to make a 7-0 lead for Regina. The Hurricanes finally got on the score board at the 9:36 mark when Lenny Hackman scored his first goal of the season to cut the lead to 7-1, but Regina added one more when Adam Brooks scored his second of the night to give the Pats a lopsided 8-1 victory. The shots favoured the Pats 46-36 on this night. Regina finished the game 2/4 on the power play and the Hurricanes went 0/2.

The loss ends the Hurricanes winning streak and drops their overall record to 4-9-0-1 in 14 games this season. The Canes next action is Wednesday (Oct. 29) at home when they host the visiting Prince Albert Raiders. The Hurricanes will host Brandon on Friday (Oct. 31).

Thanks,
Pat

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Hurricanes Beat P.A. For Third Straight Win

The Lethbridge Hurricanes did something Saturday night this team hasn't done in nearly two years, win three games in a row.

The Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert hasn't been very kind to the Hurricanes over the past few seasons, but it was on this night. The Canes got off to another quick start, this time courtesy of Taylor Cooper. He scored at 4:24 of the opening period to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. That was also his second goal of the season.

In the second, the Canes would jump ahead by a pair late in the period when Dexter Bricker got on the score sheet with his 2nd goal of the season to make it 2-0 Hurricanes through two periods of play. Taylor Cooper assisted on the goal as well for his second point of the night.

In the third, the visitors jumped ahead 3-0 when Andrew Neilson scored his first-ever WHL goal on a power play at 12:29. That pretty much put the game away. It looked as if Skinner was on his way to his first Western Hockey League shutout, but with 40 seconds remaining in the game, Jayden Hart beat the Lethbridge rookie goalie to break his shutout bid and cut the Hurricanes lead to 3-1. That's the way this game would end.

The Raiders out shot the Hurricanes 25-24 in what was a fairly close game from start to finish. Lethbridge went 1/2 on the power play and Prince Albert was 0/4. The victory improves the Canes overall record to 4-8-0-1 in 13 games. It's the first time since November 3, 7, 9 of 2012 that the Hurricanes have won three games in a row.

The Hurricanes deserve a tonne of credit. Sure, besides Edmonton these last two victories have come against teams near the bottom of the standings, but a win is a win and that can build confidence for a hockey club that hasn't had much luck winning games the last few seasons. There is no doubt in my mind that Stuart Skinner is the calming force for this group. He is the real deal and it wouldn't shock me in the least if he's not already turning heads of NHL scouts at the young age of 15. Right now, in my opinion he's the Hurricanes MVP and Rookie of the Year by a country mile, although we are only nearing the quarter way point in the season coming up.

The Hurricanes next game is Sunday (Oct. 26) when they travel to Regina to take on the Pats. Regina beat the Canes 6-1 last week in Lethbridge so the Hurricanes will be looking for some revenge in this game. The Hurricanes return home for two games next week to close out October. On Wednesday (Oct. 29) Prince Albert is in town and then Friday (Oct. 31) Reid Duke makes his return to Lethbridge as a member of the Brandon Wheat Kings for a game on Halloween night.

Thanks,
Pat

Friday, 24 October 2014

Canes Hammer Blades 7-2 in Saskatoon

Carter Folk scored three times and Zane Jones added a pair as the Lethbridge Hurricanes hammered the Blades 7-2 in Saskatoon Friday night.

The Canes got off to a a great start with three goals in the opening period. Zane Jones scored his first of two on the night very early in the first period, scoring at the 1:51 mark to give the visitors a quick 1-0 lead. That was his 5th goal of the season. Saskatoon tied the game up later in the period when Cameron Hebig beat Stuart Skinner to make a 1-1 game. That was a shorthanded goal as well. But Lethbridge got that one back on the same power play, this time Carter Folk would light the red lamp for his first of three on the night and his 2nd of the season to give the Canes a 2-1 lead at the 15:30 mark. Then with just 1:07 to go in the period, Jones would score again for the Hurricanes, his 6th of the year to make it 3-1 Lethbridge after 20 minutes of play.

In the second, Jamal Watson got in on the scoring a the 52 second mark with his 4th of the year. That increased the Canes lead to 4-1. Saskatoon cut the Canes lead in half late in the period, when former Hurricane Sam McKechine scored to make it a 4-2 game after two periods.

In the third, the Hurricanes would put this one to bed with three more goals. Carter Folk scored twice in a span of just over one minute for his 3rd and 4th goals on the year. His hatrick goal was a shorthanded marker as well and gave the Canes a 6-2 lead. Before it was said and done, the Hurricanes added one more when Kade Jensen notched his first of the season on a power play with just over a minute to go in the game. The Canes would win and win big, 7-2.

It was the first time the Hurricanes won back-to-back games since January 29th and 31st, 2014. The victory improves their overall record to 3-8-0-1 on the season. It was by far the Canes most complete game this season. Saskatoon out shot the Hurricanes 35-29, but once again Stuart Skinner was solid between the pipes. The Canes went 2/6 on the power play and scored one shorthanded goal, while the penalty killers were perfect as the Blades went 0/7 on the man advantage. It's clear the acquisition of Zane Jones early this season was a big move by the Canes. He's made his presence known almost from day one.

The Hurricanes will try and make it three straight wins Saturday (Oct. 25) when they play the Raiders in Prince Albert.

Thanks,
Pat

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Hurricanes End Six Game Losing Skid

Stuart Skinner was the game's first star and deservedly so as the Lethbridge Hurricanes ended a long losing skid Tuesday night with 2-1 shootout victory in Edmonton. 

It was an entertaining hockey game as the Canes played the defending WHL and Memorial Cup Champs tight. The difference in this game was Skinner between the pipes.  The 15 year old goaltender was bombarded with shots and stole the victory for the visitors. Edmonton out shot Lethbridge 47-28. 

The game was scoreless through 40 minutes of play when Tyler Wong finally broke the goose eggs with his 2nd goal of the season to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead at the 1:50 mark of the 3rd period.  Edmonton though got that one back at 10:53 when Andrew Koep evened the score at 1-1. That eventually sent the game to overtime. The extra period solved nothing, but in the shootout Jamal Watson scored the lone goal and that turned out to be the difference as the Canes stole a 2-1 win. The victory improves their overall record to 2-8-0-1 in 11 games this season. The Hurricanes went 0/3 on the power play and the Oil Kings 0/2.

The Hurricanes now head to Saskatchewan for three games in three days this weekend. Their next action is Friday night (Oct. 24) in Saskatoon. 

Thanks,
Pat