By Woodard, Dale on December 17, 2019.
With the way the Lethbridge midget AAA Hurricanes have been playing of late, perhaps a train analogy is fitting.
The Hurricanes went 2-0 at their Logan Boulet Arena home this weekend in Alberta Midget Hockey League play, starting with a 6-0 win over the Edmonton CAC Gregg Distributors Saturday afternoon before pulling away from the Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings 6-2 Sunday afternoon.
The wins improve the Hurricanes to 12-8-1 and into fourth place in the Chrysler Division, two points back of the Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers and three back of the Calgary Flames.
As last weekend showed, everybody is indeed on board, but there are no passengers.
“We’re starting to play a full team game and we’re starting to play together as a group. We had a little bit of a learning curve at the start, but the guys are starting to buy in and we’re having some success,” said Hurricanes head coach Sean Gillam. “We’re getting contributions from all of our lines. We have six defenceman playing and we’re able to use both of our goaltenders. We used Ty (Young) on Saturday and Marek (Andres) today. We play a team game and we need everybody to contribute and that’s why we’ve been successful.”
On Sunday, J.D. Hall scored twice and Cole Larocque, Rylan Bruns, Brody Tallman and D.J. Tonin added one each.
Tallman added two assists for a three-point afternoon and Tonin added one helper for two points.
Andres made 24 saves, including 12 in the first.
Young earned the shutout in Saturday’s win over CAC, kicking out all 26 shots he faced.
Joel Mabin scored twice for the Canes. Nolan Price, Tallman, Larocque and Tonin added singles.
Derrien Tonin had two assists for the Hurricanes and Larocque had an assist for a two-point game.
“It was a good all-around weekend all four lines were rolling,” said Hurricanes forward Hayden Prosofsky.
“All the defenceman and the goalies played great. We had good scoring from everybody. It was two different games, obviously the second one was grittier, but we can play both ways so it worked out well for us.”
The Canes hit the road this weekend to complete the 2019 portion of their schedule.
Saturday will provide a stiff test as Lethbridge heads to St. Albert to take on the league-leading Nektar Raiders.
The team is in Edmonton Sunday for a rematch against CAC.
Over the holidays, the Hurricanes will head to Calgary for the Macs Tournament.
“We haven’t really talked about it, but we have our schedule in place and we know who were playing,” said Gillam of the annual international tournament. “We don’t want to look too far ahead. We have two big games and one game on Saturday against the top team in the league right now. So we look forward to seeing where we’re at and it’ll be a good test for us.”
The Macs Tournament will be the first for the majority of the Hurricanes roster.
“I think three guys have been there,” said Prosofsky. “So we’re excited. Obviously, it’s a huge international tournament so we’re getting ready for that. But we have two big games next weekend to keep the streak alive.”
The St. Albert game should provide a preview to the Macs Tournament.
“It’s going to show us what’s ahead at the Macs Tournament,” said Prosofsky. “It’s all going to be great teams like St. Albert. So we have to test ourselves and learn what we’ll be coming up against.”
In Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League play last weekend, the Lethbridge minor midget Headwater Hurricanes lit the lamp in a pair of games.
The Canes downed the Calgary Royals 11-1 Saturday in Calgary and completed the road weekend with a 6-1 win over the NWCAA Bruins.
That gives Lethbridge five wins in a row and moves them to 14-3-3 and into third in the South Division, two points behind the AC Avalanche.
Caden Heins and Cole Wirun each scored three goals in Saturday’s win. Vann Yuhas scored twice and Sheldon Sawyer, Peyton Twigg and Malachai North Peigan added the other Lethbridge goals.
Yuhas added three assists for a five-point game and North Peigan also had three helpers.
Twigg and Nolan Fomradas had two assists each and Canes goaltender Kaiden Fulton faced 13 shots.
Yuhas and Sawyer each had two goals in the win over the Bruins Sunday. John VandenElzen and Twigg scored the other Canes goals.
Zachary Rajcic had two assists. Nixon Ordway faced 19 shots to post the win.
The Hurricanes host their final home game before Christmas Saturday when the Medicine Hat SEAC Tigers come to the Logan Boulet Arena at 3 p.m.
The Lethbridge Val Matteotti bantam AAA Golden Hawks were 0-2 in Alberta Major Midget Hockey League play at home and on the road.
The Golden Hawks dropped a close 2-1 decision to the Airdrie X-Treme Saturday afternoon at Nicholas Sheran Arena and were shutout 7-0 by the Calgary Royals Sunday in Calgary.
The loss drop the Golden Hawks to 5-14-0 and into fourth place in the Ram South Division.
Ty Fraser scored the lone Lethbridge goal Saturday afternoon and Layne Loomer was denied on a penalty shot as the Golden Hawks fell just short against the X-Treme.
Goaltender Thomas MacLean made 30 saves in the loss.
On Sunday in Calgary, Brenner Fyfe faced 46 shots as the Royals scored three times in the second period and third periods.
The Golden Hawks are in Okotoks to face the Oilers Sunday to wrap up December.
In South Central Alberta Hockey League weekend action, the Lethbridge midget AA Hurricanes were defeated 4-1 by the Medicine Hat Jasper Homes Hounds Friday at Henderson Arena and 4-2 by the Strathmore Wheatland Chiefs Sunday in Strathmore. Lethbridge is 5-8-3 with the losses and fourth in the Southern Conference.
Garrett Carlson scored the Hurricanes in Friday’s home loss, while goaltender Jesse Schindel stopped 35 of 39 shots.
On Sunday in Strathmore, Adam Kennedy and Logan Kowal scored for the Canes. Kowal has an assist and Syprus Ives had two.
Alex Resler made 29 saves for Lethbridge.
The Hurricanes are in Medicine Hat to play the Hounds Saturday to wrap up 2019.
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