By Lethbridge Herald on February 18, 2020.
The Lethbridge midget AAA Hurricanes finished their Alberta Midget Hockey League regular season on a winning note.
Wrapping up their fourth straight road game in February, the Canes defeated the Calgary Royals 6-4 Saturday in Calgary.
With the win the Hurricanes finish the season at 17-10-5 and in fourth place in the South Division.
The Canes will face the Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers in the first round of playoffs in a best-of-five series starting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Logan Boulet Arena.
On Saturday in Calgary, the Hurricanes scored three times in the second period and three more times in the third.
Rylen Roersma and Derrien Tonin each scored twice for Lethbridge, while Hayden Prosofsky and Nolan Price added one each. Prosofsky and Price also had an assist.
Colby Garner and Carson Haynes added two helpers each.
Hurricanes goaltender Ty Young made 21 saves.
Game 2 of the Hurricanes/Oilers series goes Thursday night in Okotoks with Game 3 returning to the Logan Boulet Arena Friday at 6:30 p.m.
If necessary, Game 4 is Saturday in Okotoks at 3:30 p.m. and Game 5 will be at the Logan Boulet Arena Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
In their only game of the weekend, the Lethbridge Val Matteotti bantam AAA Golden Hawks earned their 10th win of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League season and clinched a playoff spot as well.
The Golden Hawks were in Calgary Sunday, where they downed the Calgary Northstars 5-2 as Layne Loomer and John Szabo scored twice for Lethbridge.
The win improves the Golden Hawks to 10-20-0 and wraps up fourth place in the Ram South Division, giving them a spot in the post-season dance.
Loomer also had an assist for three points. Neo Takeda scored the other Golden Hawks goal.
Caden Still had three assists for Lethbridge and Nathan Hawkins added two.
Brenner Fyfe made 16 saves for the win.
The Golden Hawks finish the regular season with three games in three days this weekend.
They are in Red Deer Friday to take on the Ram South-leading Rebels (26-2-3) and are in Calgary Saturday to face the 24-6-0 Flames.
Lethbridge wraps up the regular season with a home against the 20-9-3 Calgary Bisons Sunday at 2:45 p.m. at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
In the South Central Alberta Hockey League, the Lethbridge midget AA Hurricanes picked up three points following a 3-3 tie with Strathmore Wheatland Chiefs Friday at Henderson Arena a 5-3 win over the Foothills Bisons Saturday in High River.
With the 1-0-1 weekend the Hurricanes are 11-13-5 and in fourth place in the Southern Conference.
On Friday at Henderson Arena, Syprus Ives, Brandon Creighton and Koden Lazar scored for the Hurricanes.
Lazar added an assist for a two-point night.
Four second-period goals paced the Canes to the win Saturday in High River.
Matthew Wytrykusz, Lazar, Luke Preddy, R.J. Loo and Braigh LeGrandeur were the Lethbridge goal scorers.
Preddy had two assists for three points and Loo and Lazar had one each for two points.
Adam Kennedy chipped in with two helpers for the Hurricanes.
Goaltender Alex Resler stopped 25 of 27 shots to post the win.
The Canes are back at Henderson Arena Saturday night when they host the Bow Valley Timberwolves at 7:15 p.m.
They hit the road to Strathmore Sunday for a 4:15 p.m. game against Wheatland Chiefs.
In other SCAHL play, the Lethbridge Headwater bantam AA Hurricanes clinched third place in the South Division despite a pair of losses.
The Medicine Hat Hounds loss to the Wheatland Warriors gave the Hurricanes third place.
On Saturday, the Hurricanes lost a close 1-0 decision to the league-leading Olds Grizzlys as Dylan Koller made 49 saves for Lethbridge.
The game remained scoreless until the Grizzly’s scored with 2:29 left in the game.
On Sunday, the Hurricanes were defeated 6-4 by the Taber Golden Suns as Brett Hudey, Daillon Kryzanowski, Cooper McAulay and Zane Rajcic scored for Lethbridge.
The Hurricanes close out the regular season Sunday against the Timberwolves.