By Lethbridge Herald on March 3, 2020.
The Lethbridge midget AA Hurricanes wrapped up their South Central Alberta Hockey League regular season with a trio of games last weekend.
The Canes started with a 4-4 tie with the Taber Golden Suns Friday night at Henderson Arena and wrapped up the weekend with a pair of one-goal wins, edging the Airdrie Lightning 3-2 Saturday and the Okotoks Oilers 4-3 on Sunday.
The 2-0-1 weekend gives the Hurricanes a 14-14-6 record, good for fourth place in the Southern Conference as the team heads to Medicine Hat this weekend for playoffs.
In Friday’s tie with the Golden Suns, the Canes got third-period goals from Garrett Carlson, Luke Preddy and Logan Kowal to come back from a 4-1 deficit. Preddy also scored in the second period for Lethbridge.
Jesse Schindel started in goal for the Hurricanes, stopping 15 of 19 shots before Alex Resler came in early in the third, stopping all 11 shots he faced.
On Saturday against Airdrie, R.J. Loo scored in the first for the Canes and Preddy added another in the second.
Brandon Creighton snapped a 2-2 with 7:52 left in the third for the game-winner.
Adam Kennedy had two assists in the win, while Resler stopped 36 of 38 shots.
There was no scoresheet available for Sunday’s win over the Oilers at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
The Canes head to Medicine Hat to start playoffs later this week.
They start Thursday at 3:45 p.m. against the Strathmore Wheatland Chiefs.
The Hurricanes play two games on Friday, the first at 8 a.m. against the Golden Suns and again at 2:30 p.m. against the Foothills Bisons.
In Central Alberta Hockey League playoff action, the Lethbridge Canadian Tire North bantam Tier 1 Hurricanes earned a berth in the Tier I final.
The Hurricanes and Chestermere went to the third-and-deciding game of their second-round series before Lethbridge emerged with a 6-3 win Sunday.
The Canes lost the first game 2-1 in Chestermere Friday as Darian Colon scored the lone Lethbridge goal.
In a must-win game Saturday night, the Hurricanes stayed alive with a 3-2 win as Tyrus Houston, Braeden Jack and Colon scored for Lethbridge.
In the deciding game, Samuel Zahourouski, Lucas Alexander and Kyle Labarowski each had one goal and two assists and Oakley Hill, Jack and Colon added singles in the win.
Wesley Crabbe was in goal for both wins.
The Hurricanes face RMAA in the CAHL Tier 1 final this weekend.