The Hurricanes will call Saskatchewan home for the next five days.
The hockey club arrived in Regina late last night and will today begin getting ready for the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre tomorrow evening. I will be making my way to the Queen City this afternoon, after staying behind in Lethbridge to host CJOC's civic election coverage last night. I'll join the club tonight in Regina.
With that said, no question a lot of the focus the past couple of weekends has been on the Hurricanes struggling power play. I almost sound like a broken record now bringing up the point, but Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston addressed the issue to CJOC's Esther Madziya after the 4-0 loss to Saskatoon. He talked about failing to score on a 5 on 3 man advantage and at the same time giving up a shorthanded goal on that same power play. Preston: "We had a 4 on 3 and then a 5 on 3 and we were just awful. It's almost like a mental thing now with our power play. It's been so many games without a power play goal now I can't even remember. It (the power play) was so bad (on Saturday) it just zapped the life out of us."
Despite the loss, Preston said is happy with the way the team has played 5 on 5, especially some of the younger players like Brady Ramsey and Russ Maxwell. He said the young guys played a lot in that Saskatoon game and will have to continue to get better. Another positive the Hurricanes can take out of that loss, is the fact they out shot the number one team in the WHL. It's only the second time in 9 games this year, that Lethbridge has out shot it's opponent. The Canes' had some good chances to score against Saskatoon, but couldn't get the puck passed Adam Morrison who had a very good game for the Blades.
All games on this upcoming Saskatchewan road trip are 7:00pm (MDT) starts. The pre-game shows on CJOC at 6:30.
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