After opening weekend of the 2011-2012 WHL season, the Lethbridge Hurricanes find themselves on a high note as the get ready to take on the defending WHL Champs, the Kootenay ICE Tuesday night in Cranbrook.
The Hurricanes played a very good game in Medicine Hat Saturday night and were full value for the 4-2 victory. They also outshot the Tigers and Brandon Anderson came up with key saves with the Tigers pressing late for the equalizer. No question the amount of penalty Lethbridge took is a bit concerning. In fact, I'm sure both coaches weren't too impressed with the amount of power plays and 5-on-3 given out in that game by the officials. In the end, it was a power play goal in the third period by Cam Braes that ultimately turned out to be the game winner.
Out of all the the rookies who saw their first WHL regular season action, defenceman McCoy Erkamps logged the most ice time and certainly did not look like a 16 year old out there for the first time. Rich Preston game him a regular shift on the blue line and he looked right at home. Jay Merkley, I thought had a solid first game too, recording his first WHL point with an assist. All in all, it was a good first game and any time the Hurricanes can find a way to win in Medicine Hat, that always adds to excitement.
The Hurricanes will take on the ICE in Kootenay Tuesday night and then return home and play host to Calgary on Friday and Regina is in town Saturday. More to come later this week on the ENMAX Centre renovations, which fans will get to see for the first time since the Canes last played in March. Those coming to the ENMAX Centre this weekend will notice big changes inside the building, especially the addition of the new video scoreclock.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our second edition of Hurricanes This Week is on CJOC tonight at 6:00 (MDT). The show will be broadcast LIVE from Average Joe's Sports Bar on 6th Street South. Joining Fred and I for the entire hour will be Hurricanes Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston. Any questions you'd like to ask, you can email to email@example.com.