Thursday, 20 October 2016

Canes Lose 4th Straight Game

The Lethbridge Hurricanes are in an early season funk.

The Canes have now lost four games in a row after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Warriors in Moose Jaw Wednesday night. That loss drops the Canes record to the .500 mark at 5-5-1-1 on the season.

Defensive issues continue to be the struggle for the Hurricanes in this first dozen games. They've only out shot an opponent once.

The loss in Moose Jaw followed a 6-1 defeat to the Regina Pats on Tuesday. The Pats are a damn good team and many clubs in the WHL I think will be on the losing end of scores this season when they take on Regina.

Nevertheless, the Hurricanes find themselves trying to get back into the win column.

The Canes need to get their offensive groove back too. They've only scored four goals in those four losses.

The Hurricanes have still scored 41 goals so far in the early going this season, but they've allowed more goals against than any team in the Western Hockey League at 52. That shows a clear defensive concern. Given that, the Hurricanes back end this season is younger and maybe not as deep as last year. Losing players like Andrew Nielsen and Arvin Atwal has been a noticeable difference in my opinion.

It would seem top defencemen are a dime a dozen in the WHL season. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if several teams are looking for the same things right now. The price for a few good D-men could be hefty.

The Canes will try to put the break to this skid Friday (Oct. 21) when they travel to Manitoba to take on the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The Hurricanes return home for a pair of games next weekend to close out the month of October in the schedule, They'll host the Prince George Cougars Friday (Oct. 28) and the Red Deer Rebels pay a visit to the ENMAX Centre on Saturday (Oct. 29).


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