Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Hurricanes Win 3rd Straight Beating Victoria 4-2

LETHBRIDGE - The red hot Hurricanes doubled up the Victoria Royals 4-2 Wednesday night at ENMAX Centre.

It took a while to get things going in this game.  It stayed scoreless for the longest period of time. The Victoria Royals ended up scoring first with 1:30 remaining in the first period when Brandon Magee shot the puck by Ty Rimmer who was making his 20th straight start between the pipes for Lethbridge.  That goal made it 1-0 Royals after 20 minutes.  The Hurricanes ended up on a 5-on-3 power play late in the period which carried over into the second.  The Canes out shot Victoria 10-6.

In the second, the Hurricanes would get back to even terms when Dan Johnston broke in shorthanded and scored his 5th of the season to tie the game up at 1-1.  The Royals bench was upset as they felt the Hurricanes houd've been given a penalty prior to that goal.  Nonetheless, the game would stayed tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. Lethbridge held the edge in shots 27-19.

In the third, the Hurricanes found a way to grab the lead when Macoy Erkmaps hammered shot by Vollrath to give the Canes a 2-1 lead. Victoria battled back to tie things up shortly after when Steven Hodges banked a shot off a Lethbridge defenceman and by Ty Rimmer to even the score at 2-2.  The Hurricanes would respond later with the go-ahead goal and eventual game winner when Sam McKechnie lifted a backhander by the Victoria goaltender to give Lethbridge a 3-2 lead.  The Royals pulled the goalie late to try and get the equalizer, but Brady Ramsay would seal it with an empty netter to give the Hurricanes 4-2 victory, their 3rd straight for the first time season.  The win improves the Hurricanes to 11-7-1-1 for 24 points.  It's the first time the Canes have been 4 games above .500 for the first time since the 2008-2009 season. The Hurricanes have managed points in 11 of their last 12 games.  They still sit in 4th place in the Eastern Conference, 3 points out of first place.


The Lethbridge Hurricanes unveiled this season’s third jersey on “Military Appreciation” night.

Last year, the Hurricanes gave their fans a chance to submit their design concept for a brand new “third or alternate” jersey for the 2012-2013 season. The winning entrant, Josh Schroeder, designed his jersey with the “Hawker Hurricane” in mind. Schroeder decided on a rebrand of the “Hurricanes” name that was more relevant to the city of Lethbridge and one that would celebrate the history of the club.

The logo is a silhouette of a Hawker Hurricane in red. A thick blue circle surrounding the aircraft, the logo subtly implies the roundel that would have adorned the sides of RCAF Hurricanes during WWII. Within the blue circle above the aircraft, set in white and arching with the circle is the word “Lethbridge” and directly below the aircraft is the word “Hurricanes” set in blue and contouring along the top to complement the shape of the Hurricanes wings and fuselage.

Beneath the Hurricanes word mark are four white stars representing each of the Hurricanes Conference Championships, and one gold star representing the 1997 WHL Championship. In addition to representing the shape of the RCAF roundel, the circular element ties the logo to the City of Lethbridge by representing a Chinook arch above the aircraft and the Old Man River Valley beneath. - Write up from Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations


After another long home stretch the Hurricanes will finally hit the road for a few games as they head out to Saskatchewan and Manitoba this Remembrance Day weekend.  The Canes will take on the Wheat Kings in Brandon on Friday (6:30 pm MST), Regina Saturday (6:00 pm MST), and a rare matinee game on Monday in Moose Jaw (1:00 pm MST).  The Canes have wins against all three of those teams in the past two weeks. This weekend will also mark the start of 15 straight games against Eastern Conference opponents.



  1. Another great win Hurricanes. Now hopefully you cn take what is working on the road with you. Good luck and safe travels on the trip.


  2. When the boys play with speed and intensity, they are hard to play against. When they stop moving their feet, or, like last night, when they don't want to "engage", trouble happens. Watson and Merkely especially need to take some lessons from Maxwell on intensity. Please, RP, let's work a little on the PP. Last night, it was not an advantage, and seems to be, at best, mediocre. Other than that, I love the brand of hockey the boys are playing, and hope that they can take their show on the road.

  3. Another good win for the team. It was a game where the 3 & 4 lines did not look as good as they have in the past few games. I must give props to Hood this may have been his most agressive game. Did not take any crap from the very chippy Royals and blocked a couple shots at the end of the game. I saw him after the game and he was on his way to get his hand checked because the first shot he blocked got him. Pat any news on how he is. Good luck on the road boys and come home with at least 4 of the 6 points. AJ

  4. Here is some power play advice. Move Move Move 5 guys standing around are easy to cover. Make the opposition have to look around to find you. Pass and move, go to open ice, go to spots where you can actually get a pass that does not have to get past 2 or 3 guys to get to you. AJ

  5. Despite the lack of intensity, the boys came up with another "W". The power play concerns still loom and Preston's comment about not working on 5 on 3's continues to haunt this club. As Aj said, quick puck movement on the PP is the key, we saw that a couple of games ago, we need it night in and night out.
    Last two games have been chippy bordering on dirty, especially Saskatoon. Astles and Sutter esoecially.

    Good luck boys on this trip.


  6. Canes gutted one out last night and deserved the two points. The pp is still a problem. Canes have 15 goals pp goals on the year 5 scored by Maxwell and 7 scored by D men ( 2 by Johnston 2 by Galbraith 2 by Pilon and 1 by Galbraith) . They have success when they are getting shots from the point and rebounds but we seem intent on wrap a rounds and low post plays they are not learning that you have to move the puck. The pp is moving up the ladder and the Canes now have 4 short handed goals (2 by Johnston) and have second most in the league. If they can keep improving special teams they could have a very special season! SJ

  7. Pat,

    Is the one and only computer geek on staff at 94.1 on holidays this week, or ??

    It is now Thursday at 6:22pm and still no MONDAY NIGHT HURRICANES SHOW ??

    Any chance you can either post it on your blog somehow, or get someone at 94.1 to do their job?


  8. I gritty effort by the Canes!! I wasn't at the game, but by all accounts, it was a slow affair without much flow. Nonetheless, a win is a win and these are the games they were losing earlier in the year, so good on the boys!!

    ( don't move/skate around on the PP, you pass the puck and make the opposition move. The quicker you move the puck, the more the opponent has to move. You're right in saying they need to pass the puck with purpose while on the PP and not keep it on their sticks for too long).

    Drive safe and good luck on the road boys!


  9. So Darren on the pp if you only pass the puck around and no one moves wby do the defenders have to move.. I must say your comments occasionally make me go hmm thats interesting. Maybe if you were at a game and watched you would realize bow easy it to be on th pk and cover the pp if they never move. Even the 5 on 3 were horrible because no one moved and we tried to pass through 2 or 3 players. AJ