Saturday, 22 October 2016

Wheaties Down Hurricanes 6-1 in Brandon

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.


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).


Giorgio Estephan Selected to Team WHL

The Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, Prince George Cougars, Edmonton Oil Kings and Hockey Canada, announced today the roster for Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia at the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series. 

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Prince George, B.C. on Monday, November 7th, before continuing on to Edmonton for Game 2 on Tuesday, November 8th. The Ontario Hockey League will host Games 3 and 4, while the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will welcome the festivities surrounding Games 5 and 6. Team WHL’s roster is laced with NHL prospects yet again this season, including 10 players who were selected in the first two rounds of the NHL Draft.

Highly-touted 2017 NHL Draft prospects Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings/Winnipeg, MB) and Cal Foote (Kelowna Rockets/Engelwood, CO) also cracked the roster for Team WHL as players look to move closer to earning a spot on Team Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship in December. Prince George Cougars forward Jansen Harkins, a second round pick of the Winnipeg Jets, will have the opportunity to suit up for Team WHL in front of a hometown crowd when the series opens in Prince George on November 7th. 

When the series shifts to Edmonton on November 8th, a total of five local players will suit up against Team Russia including Edmonton native and Oilers prospect Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants). Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes/Edmonton, AB), Sam Steel (Regina Pats/Sherwood Park, AB), Brendan Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders/Sherwood Park, AB) and Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips/Sherwood Park, AB) will also have the opportunity to take to the ice in front of family and friends.

(Western Hockey League Release)


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Hurricanes This Week

Hurricanes This Week recorded for the 4th time for this 2016-17 WHL season.

Jordan Karst is the host of The show records every Monday evening. The latest show is below for your listening pleasure.

On the program this week is Dylan Purcell from the Lethbridge Herald, Hurricanes Board Member Ryan Tunall (who is not sitting on this show as a Board member so he says) and myself.

We speak with Hurricanes Play-by-Play Voice Dustin Forbes and I have an interview with Canes Captain Tyler Wong.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Hurricanes KidSport Challenge Renewed

The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club is proud to announce that Tyler Wong and Ryley Lindgren, along with Giorgio Estephan, will once again be raising money for KidSport Lethbridge and Taber this year.

During the 2016-2017 regular season, for every goal they score, the three will donate $5.00 out of their own money to the organization. Wong, Lindgren and former Hurricane Carter Folk helped raise over $6,500.00 for the program with the contributions made last season.

It was pretty successful last year and its a very worthy cause and hopefully this year we can score a little more than last year and gain some more support for the community and raise a substantially larger amount,said Hurricanes Captain and reigning WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Tyler Wong. I like to set my goals high so Im hoping to raise over $10,000 this year.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes will once again be supporting the initiative began by Wong. For every goal that Wong, Lindgren and Estephan score this season the organization will match dollar for dollar what the players themselves will donate.

If you would like to help in the initiative by matching dollars raised, please contact the Hurricanes Office by calling 403- 328-1986

Canes Lose 4-3 in OT to Vancouver

The Lethbridge Hurricanes let three one-goal leads slip away, only to lose 4-3 to the Vancouver Giants in overtime Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.

The loss dropped the Canes overall record to 5-2-1-1 in 9 games to start the season.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring just over seven minutes into the game when Jesse Zaharichuk put home his 6th goal of the season to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. The Giants evened the score a few minutes later when Tyler Benson beat Canes goalie Ryan Gilchrist. Before the end of the period though, the Hurricanes regained the lead when Ryley Lindgren put home his 6th of season on a power play to make it 2-1 Lethbridge after 20 minutes of play.

In the second, Vancouver tied it up again less than a minute into the period. Tyler Benson notching his second of the night, making it a 2-2 hockey game. Again the Hurricanes regained the lead. Brayden Burke scored his 2nd of the year. That put the home team ahead 3-2  heading into the third period.

In the final frame, just one goal and it came midway the period. Vancouver's Brendan Semchuk scored a power play marker to tie the game at 3-3. The Hurricanes though weren't about to take the lead again in this game.

That was the score through regulation play. In overtime, just 39 seconds in, Tyler Benson scored his third of game to win it for Vancouver and the Giants would skate away with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory.

The Giants out shot the Hurricanes 31-28 in this game. Lethbridge went 1/5 on the power play and Vancouver finished the night 2/4.

The Canes next action is Saturday (Oct. 15) when they host the visiting Regina Pats. Regina leads Lethbridge by one point in the Eastern Conference right now, still early in the season. This will be the Canes last home game for a while as they head to Saskatchewan and Manitoba next week for three games.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

Hurricanes Beat Victoria Royals 5-2

A solid outing for the Lethbridge Hurricanes on home ice Wednesday, beating the Victoria Royals 5-2. Egor Babenko and Giorgio Estephan carried the load, each scoring twice en route to the win.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring in this game with Babenko getting his first of two on the night and 4th of the season just 2:43 into the first period to make it 1-0 Canes. It stayed that way till the late stages of the game when Jack Walker evened things at 1-1 through 20 minutes of play.

In the second, Lethbridge jumped ahead by a pair. Giorgio Estephan scoring his first of two in the game and his first of this WHL season to make it 2-1 Canes. A few minutes later, the Hurricanes power play clicked. Brayden Burke scored his first of the year with the man advantage and it was 3-1 Lethbridge after two periods of play.

In the third, Estephan scored his second of the game and second of the season, putting the home side ahead 4-1. Then Egor Babenko got back in on the action with his second of the night and 5th of the year and the Hurricanes were in the driver's seat leading 5-1. The Royals got one more before it was all said and done. Jared Dmytriw scored with just a couple of minutes left in the game and that's as close as Victoria would get in this one. The Hurricanes would win 5-2.

Stuart Skinner had another solid game in goal and the Royals out shot the Hurricanes 38-27. The victory improves the Hurricanes overall record to 5-2-0-1 on the season. That puts them into a tie with Regina for second place in the conference, a couple of points back of first place Swift Current. Again, however it's only 8 games into the season. One stat of note. Lethbridge has one of the best home records in the WHL at 4-1 so far this season.

The Hurricanes continue this home stand on Friday (Oct. 14) when they host Vancouver. The Regina Pats are at the ENAMX Centre on Saturday.