Wednesday, 9 October 2013

ICE Defeat Hurricanes 5-2 at ENMAX Centre

LETHBRIDGE - The Kootenay ICE scored twice in the first and two more times in the third period to defeat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 Wednesday night.

Corbin Boes was a busy guy between the pipes in the first period of this hockey game. The Kootenay ICE stormed out of the gate and opened the scoring. First it was Zach McPhee who found the back of the net giving the ICE a 1-0 lead. Not too long after that, Kootenay added another one, off a great tip by Levi Cable. That made it 2-0 Kootenay. That's the way the period would end. Lethbridge was out shot 15-8, but had a few good chances off Kootenay turnovers. They were unable to capitalize.

In the second, the Hurricanes would cut the ICE lead in half. Axel Blomqvist cashed in a rebound off Kootenay goaltender Mackenzie Skapski for his 2nd of the season to make it a 2-1 game in favour of Kootenay. The ICE got that back a few minutes later when Sam Reinhart got in front of a point shot and tipped it by Boes to make it 3-1 ICE.  Kootenay would take that two goal leading into the dressing room after 40 minutes. Kootenay held a 29-18 edge in shots on goal.

In the third, the ICE would keep the offence coming. Zak Zborowsky scored a nice tie-tac-toe goal on the power play to make it 4-1 Kootenay. The visitors weren't done there. A few minutes later they'd get another power play and make good, when Sam Reinhart scored his 2nd of the night to give Kootenay a 5-1 lead. Before the game would end, the Hurricanes scored a power play goal on a 5-on-3 advantage. Macoy Erkamps hammered home his first of the year, but that would be as close as they would get.  The ICE would skate away with their first road victory, 5-2. Kootenay out shot Lethbridge 41-27. Despite allowing 5 goals, Corbin Boes was excellent in goal and made several big saves for the Hurricanes. The Canes finished the game 1/6 on the power play. Kootenay was 2/5. The loss drops the Canes record to 1-5-0-1.

Griffin Foulk Excited to be a Lethbridge Hurricane

I spoke with the newly acquired Griffin Foulk prior to Wednesday's game. Needless-to-say he's very excited to be coming to Lethbridge.

Next Up

The Hurricanes hit the road for their next four games over the course of the next week. The Canes head straight to Vancouver Island following this game and will call Victoria home for a couple of days. They will play the Royals in back-to-back games Friday (Oct. 11) and Saturday (Oct. 12) at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena (8:00 pm MDT face-off times on CJOC). Following those two games, the Canes will head back across the water and up the Coquihala Highway to Kamloops where they will play the Blazers in a matinee game on Thanksgiving Monday. The puck drop is set for (3:00 pm MDT). They'll close out the road trip next Wednesday (Oct. 16) against one of the top team in the West, the Kelowna Rockets, at 8:00 pm MDT. The Hurricanes next home game is slated for Saturday, October 19th versus Saskatoon.



  1. The game against Kootney definitely did show a number of things:

    (1) Sam Reinhart is a very special hockey player
    (2) Berehowsky and the coaching staff still have some work to do! They shortened the bench in the third period> It looked like he went with only 7 forwards. Some of the forwards that dogged it in the first period did not get much ice time in the second or the third period!
    (3) The refs missed a pretty healthy chop onto MacKechnie's wrist and he went off holding it. A brutal call on the roughing penalty to Duke. Whl refereeing needs some work.
    (4) Did notice Caroline working on Yak early in the game hope he is okay.
    (5) Boes did a good job last night. He at least kept the score presentable.
    (6) Henry's trade I do not think is the last one to be made.
    An Observer

  2. It will take some time to develop a system and get to know the coach.


  3. I would bet that when the canes roll through the bc division by the end of that trip one or two players will be on the canes radar... an Austin carroll type player if available.....I have a feeling some of the vet were happy with prestons easier style of game...

  4. Another terrible game. Anyone on this team over 18 is tradeable and a few that should be sent home if know other team wants them. I am sorry but Russ, Sam,Brady and maybe Yak are not helping anyone by being here. Trade them or send them home unless they decide to play at 100% all the time. The only way this team has achance to win is out work every team. There is not enough skill to play at 50% and expect to win. I think we will miss the playoffs this year and probable next without some drastic changes in the roster or the attitude. I sure hope I am wrong. Good luck to Adam at least he will be in the playoffs. Kaos

  5. The season can get away on you fast. Boes is a 20 year old goalie so give him a veteran defence. Zach Hodder should be available soon with MJ picking up Forsberg. They are not giving up either Fiddler or Fioretti. Check in with Regina about Luke Fenske. He is a real tough dude who will fight anyone and was the only plus d-man the Pats had last year on a bad team. A real tough veteran defence and goalie. Win 3-2 or 2-1 and start changing the culture. It may not be real pretty but the wins will start happening.

    1. this I totally agree with, if our 20 year old forwards are not Curtis valk material, then the team would benefit big time with a big solid 20year old dman to stabilize the back end.. a player like fenske or kanzig makes it REAL uncomfortable for forward to hang out in front of our net......there is absolutely no one on the canes that has that rugged nasty feel to them, , I can see why the new systems are not working well with this bunch, when 5'9 165lbs wong is one of the only pieces of sandpaper you have on the team you got a problem. by the 12th game if thing don't improve some of the 94 based forwards and one 93 forward should be on their way out.......

  6. I can't help but agree with Bob in that the vets liked the no-structure style played under Preston over the last 3-4 seasons. Some of the vets either can't or won't adjust. Trouble is no matter where they may end up, most good coaches have structure and systems. The damage done over the last 4 years has now surfaced it's ugly head. I just hope Berehowsky and crew have the patience to see this through along with the fans.

    Dump'n Chase

  7. The blame the predecessor comments reminds me of an old joke.:

    A fellow had just been hired as the new Head Coach of a pro football team. The Old Coach who was stepping down met with him privately and presented him with three numbered envelopes. "Open these if you run up against a problem you don't think you can solve," he said.

    Well, things went along pretty smoothly, but a few games in the team hit a losing skid and he was really catching a lot of heat. About at his wit's end, he remembered the envelopes. He went to his drawer and took out the first envelope. The message read, "Blame your predecessor."

    The new Coach called a press conference and tactfully laid the blame at the feet of the previous Coach. Satisfied with his comments, the press -- and fans - responded positively, they won a couple games and the problem was soon behind him.

    About a year later, the team was on a bad losing streak and struggling. Having learned from his previous experience, the Coach quickly opened the second envelope. The message read, "Reorganize." He furiously made a few trades and they again won a few games.

    Near the end of the season the team lost a crucial game that would have put them in the playoffs. The Coach went to his office, closed the door and opened the third envelope.

    The message said, "Prepare three envelopes."

    Well we are at the blame the predecessor stage and starting the reorganization phase much earlier than I would have expected.

  8. Probably a bit late to chime in here. Are people really feeling like the "vets" aren't buying into the current system? What exactly is the system? To have the D-men (and forwards for that matter) go high and hard off the glass at every opportunity to get the puck out of the zone. Only to have better run offensive attacks from the opponents defense and forwards bring it back into our zone?

    Watch the defense. Watch how we "break out" of our zone. It is pathetic. I don't think our "vets" should bear all of the responsibility given they are all forwards and are still trying to forecheck and work to get into the offensive zone by simply chasing the dump in. Henry was traded because he wanted to carry the puck and create plays. The new "system" is to dump it out of the zone. It is a "system" I will give it that. It just doesn't work.

    I do agree that we need size. Maxwell, McKechnie, Wong, Olynek, Ramsay cannot be expected to intimidate D twice their size. The successful teams have an intimidation factor no question. When you look at Axel he gives up the puck. Our D simply don't have it. Erkamps has decent size and does a decent job but he is not progressing as all had hoped. Pilon is ultra talented for sure but has absolutely no aggressiveness whatsoever.

    I don't have all the answers I certainly know that. I do know that trades must be imminent because the level of frustration all the way around must be growing tremendously. I'm sure frustrated as a dedicated fan. Wannabe Oldtimer