Friday, 14 October 2011

Hurricanes Lose 7th Straight: 2-1 in Kootenay

CRANBROOK, BC - A late third period power play goal broke a 1-1 tied and helped the Kootenay ICE to a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes Friday night.

Not the start the Hurricanes were hoping for in this game. The ICE scored just over a minute into the first period on a power play, thanks to a goal from Drew Czerwonka. The ICE hit a goal post and a crossbar in the opening 20 minutes of this game, but that would be all the scoring. Kootenay out shot Lethbridge 9-5. The Hurricanes got off to another slow styart. It took them 11 minutes to register their first shot on net.

In the second, the Canes came out with a lot more jump and found the equalizer early. Graham Hood popped home his 2nd of the year after a scramble in front of Nathan Lieuwen. That tied the game at 1-1. That would be all the offence in the second period and the two teams would head to the dressing room in a 1-1 tie. Damien Ketlo was excellent in the period, stopping all 16 shots he aced. The shots after 40 minutes favoured Kootenay 24-11.

In the third, the Hurricanes just couldn't find a way to go ahead in this game. The ICE would seal things up with a power play goal late in the period by Elgin Pearce and that would end it. The ICE would take the game 2-1. Kootenay heavily out shot the Hurricanes 41-17 in this one. The Canes went 0/3 on the power play ICE finished the night 2/4. The Hurricanes have now lost 7 consecutive games and this loss drops their record to 2-7-0-1 in 10 games this season. Damien Ketlo was the reason the Hurricanes had a chance in this game and was outstanding between the pipes.

Goaltender Brandon Anderson was a healthy scratch for the Hurricanes in Cranbrook. He provided some commentary on the radio broadcast during the game. Albin Blomqvist missed the game due to injury, but both Brody Sutter and Reid Jackson made their returns to the line-up after missing three games with injury. As for the Hurricanes current goaltending situation, Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston said in the CJOC pre-game show that " we're trying to do something pretty quick regarding that".


The Hurricanes will be back at home for their next 7 straight games over the course of three weeks. They'll play host to the Swift Current Broncos Saturday (Oct. 15). Prior to that game, the Canes will honour former Hurricanes radio broadcaster Steve "Foggy" Falwell. Game time on CJOC is 7:00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show at 6:30.


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  1. Pat,why doesnt your color man Fredy do the road games with you?games are better and you learn more about the inside stuff when you and him are together?

  2. Fred is a school teacher and is unable to travel on long road swings. He usually comes to Calgary and Medicine Hat, but only if it doesn't conflict with his work. Very few radio broadcasters in the WHL have a Colour man who can travel to all road games. Hope that helps.

  3. Don't know what goalie will be dealt but a stand up job by Anderson on the radio last night. It must have killed him not playing.

  4. Pretty sure they can't trade Ketlo now that the overage deadline has past. I thought every team was set in regards to their overagers?? If that's true, then it has to be Anderson that will have to be traded. I'm sure that was hard for him to sit and watch Ketlo.

    However, Ketlo sounded like he had a GREAT game! If not for him, the game would've been long gone long before the end. As it was, he gave the Canes a chance right up until the end.

    What was Preston thinking taking a bench minor at 16:43???? That pretty much solidified the Hurricane's demise. Does he understand what his role is??? He says the team needs to be more disciplined. Does he realize he is PART OF THE TEAM???? That rule also applies to the coaching staff!!

    Somehow, the team needs to get up for the game against Swift tonight. I don't think they're as good as their record indicates and the Canes REALLY need a W in the worst way.

  5. Teams can still trade overagers anytime until the trade deadline in January. Some teams had 4-5 and had to be down to 3 by Thursday. Assuming every team has 3, if the Canes were to trade Ketlo, they would get another overager in return.

  6. Ok, if that's the case with over-agers, then it's still possible for Ketlo to be traded. However, I'm not so sure that's the best idea after his 39 save performance in Kootenay and Anderson's terrible play on the recent road trip. At some point, Anderson needed to steal a game for the team and he just isn't capable of that so far this year. He has regressed from last year.

  7. 7 straight losses !!!!!! Is it any wonder? What do expect when he they send players like Balog home for no reason and get nothing at all in return. If i'm not mistaken he was tied for second place on the team for points(3goals+1assist)in the pre-season. He had good size and was very skilled, with all the injuries they sustained they should have kept him. He might of been able to help them offensively.