The Lethbridge Hurricanes are down to their final three games of the 2011-2012 season and they'll play them on the road this week.
The Canes closed out the home portion of their schedule with back-to-back losses, 6-3 to Calgary on Friday and a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday. The fans gave the players a big standing ovation after final buzzer sounded. The team can somewhat say mission accomplished when it comes to their home record. They finished with a 17-19 record this year at the ENMAX Centre. Opposing teams coming into Lethbridge had work for their points this year. Hopefully that will carry over into next season, given the fact the overwhelming majority of the players here this season will be here in fall and the next few seasons to come as well.
This week, the Hurricanes will make their final trips to Calgary on Wednesday, Red Deer Friday, and then in Medicine Hat Saturday. After that, the players will meet the coaches for their exit meetings and everyone will head their separate ways for what will be another long off-season for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. I truly believe the Canes are on the right track when it comes to building a team for success. I think the new season starting in September will most certainly be an interesting one to follow with all the returning players who will have one season in the Western Hockey League under their belts. That experience will be vital for players like McKechnie, Yakubowski, Merkley, Erkamps, Watson, and Leverton. We will also get to see Reid Duke and Ryan Pilon full-time. Everywhere I've gone around the WHL this season, especiallty the last 3 months coaches, scouts, and fellow broadcasters have told me fans of the Lethbridge Hurricanes should be in for some exciting hockey the next two or three seasons with the core group of returnees and players like Duke and Pilon making the jump to junior hockey. The fall can't come soon enough!
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our second-last radio show of the season will take place tonight at 6:00 MDT LIVE from Average Joe's Sports Bar on 6th Street South. Head Coach and GM Rich Preston will join us for the first 25 minutes or so and then we will speak with WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. We will wrap up the season next Monday, March 19th with the Hurricanes Media Roundtable.