By Woodard, Dale on October 28, 2019.
Things are starting to come together for the Lethbridge midget AAA Hurricanes.
With one game on the slate last weekend, the Canes defeated the Knights of Columbus Pats 5-4 in Alberta Midget Hockey League play at the Logan Boulet Arena.
The win not only improves the Hurricanes to 4-3 on the season, it’s also their third straight win and gives them a 4-3 record in October that puts them in a tie for fourth place in the Chrysler Division with the Calgary Flames (4-2).
The Pats remain looking for their first win at 0-6.
“Slowly but surely, the group is starting to buy in to what we want to do,” said Hurricanes head coach Sean Gillam. “It seems like there’s more and more every game and we’re continuing to do the little things right. Our power play clicked today and that’s going to be helpful for us.”
On a Saturday that also included a special pre-game ceremony to officially rename the Logan Boulet Arena from Adams Arena that included Boulet’s parents Toby and Bernadine, as well as city officials, Lethbridge’s Derrien Tonin tied the game with 8:35 remaining and Cole Larocque netted the game winner on the power play with 3:53 to go.
Carson Haynes began the Hurricanes three-goal third period with the team’s first man advantage goal of the game. Brody Tallman scored in the first period and D.J. Tonin scored in the second as the Canes erased a 4-2 deficit after 40 minutes to earn the win.
“We battled right until the end, so that was good,” said Gillam. “In the third we played the way that we should play and the way that we want to play. The first two periods, not exactly. Give KC credit, they came out and they played hard and they caught us kind of sleeping a little bit. But give our group credit, they stuck with it in the end and found a way to win.”
Kaleb Whittaker-Harder scored in the first period for the Pats, while Charlie Moses, Jack Lynes and Ethan McKinley added second period goals for a 4-2 lead after two periods.
Haynes cued the comeback with his man advantage goal 6:37 into the third.
“I thought we came together at the end of the game,” said Hurricanes forward Nolan Price. “It took a little bit for us to get into gear, but in the second intermission we got a little bit of a talking from the coach and that sure got us going. We came out and performed and ended up coming back.
“I think it was our first goal (of the third). Once we got our first goal and the boys were pressuring down low, that’s what really got us going.”
The Canes outshot the Pats 38-24.
When they needed it, the power play delivered.
“It’s coming and our power-play has worked really hard over the last little while it was nice to see them get some results,” said Gillam. “I’m sure some of the guys that are on the power play are pretty excited to get to chip in and get the power play rolling.”
Hayden Prosofsky had two assists for the Hurricanes.
Marek Andres got the start in goal for the Canes, stopping 11 of 14 shots before Ty Young came in the second, making nine saves the rest of the way to earn the win.
The Hurricanes take a road trip north this weekend. They’re in Grande Prairie Saturday to take on the Grande Peace Ernies Sports Storm and head to Edmonton Sunday to play the Pats in a rematch.
Lethbridge is back home Nov. 9 when the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs visit the Logan Boulet Arena at 3 p.m.
Andres sits in seventh in the AMHL with a 2.07 goals-against average. He also has a .923 save percentage.
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