The Lethbridge Hurricanes continue to struggle, not only putting pucks in the net, but keep pucks out of their own goal.
That was the case again Friday night, with a 6-1 loss at the hands of Wheat Kings in Brandon.
The loss dropped the Hurricanes record to under the .500 mark for the first time this season at 5-6-1-1. In 13 games this season, the Canes have now surrendered 58 goals against. That's by far the most in the WHL. As of Saturday, the Kootenay ICE are the only other club to have given up 50 or more goals this season so far.
Brayden Burke was the only Lethbridge Hurricane to light the red lamp on Friday in Brandon, scoring his 3rd of the season on the power play. For the Wheaties, they had goals from six different players including Reid Duke, Cole Reinhardt, Tanner Kaspick, Kale Clague, James Shearer, and Ty Lewis.
The Canes went 1/5 on the power play in this game and Brandon was 1/3. The Wheat Kings held a 38-33 edge in shots on goal.
Is it panic time for the Canes? Well, no not yet. We're not even a quarter way into the season yet, however the lack of scoring and the number of goals the team is giving up should be a concern.
Hopefully, the the confines of the ENMAX Centre will help the Hurricanes put the breaks to a five game losing skid. The Hurricanes are back home on Friday (Oct. 28) when they host the visiting Prince George Cougars. This is going to be a tough test. The Cougars sport the best record in the Western Hockey League with 10 wins in their first 13 games as it sits right now. Then next Saturday (Oct. 29) the Red Deer Rebels pay their first visit to Lethbridge this season. They also have a winning record at the moment.
Those games will close out the October portion of the Hurricanes schedule. They will head out the BC coast during the first week of November.