By Lethbridge Herald on November 29, 2023.
By Justin Seward
The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned from their recent B.C. road trip with a 3-2 record and saw a lot of good steps made from their players over course of 11 days out west.
“I think it was a real good trip for us,” said Man Anholt, Hurricanes assistant coach.
“We felt like we were in every game to get more points than we didn’t feel happy about and it’s always a good team builder to be on the road,”
Anholt thought the team scored a lot more on the road trip.
“Our offensive guys really popped which was awesome to see,” said Anholt.
However the coaching staff would like to see some other areas be tightened up.
“I think we weren’t overally pleased with how much we gave up five-on-five or on the PK (penalty kill). So we got to tighten that up because that’s kind of been our identity to this point of the year.”
The Canes outscored their opponent 24-19 in the five games.
Anholt thought the team’s top six played well.
“Offensively, we were able to get a lot out of our top-six forwards and some of the ‘D’ (defenceman) were able to chip in which is excellent,” said Anholt.
“Our powerplay was able to help us get a few wins, which is awesome, because there’s been moments where they haven’t been happy with how the powerplay has been producing. And I think there’s been some really good role grabbing by some of the guys in the bottom six of our forward group as well which has been awesome to see.”
Forward Brayden Edwards appeared to have found his offensive flare on the trip as he racked up eight points, which included a hat trick in the road trip opener in Victoria.
“Yeah, I think it was great,” said Edwards.
“The whole road trip was really good. But to have that first game, I think it really built a lot of confidence towards the end of the trip, and I think we just stuck with that confidence and we were able to do good things throughout the whole trip.”
Captain Joe Arntsen thought that there were a lot of guys that got hot at the right time.
“Like Eddy (Edwards), and Miggy (Miguel Marques) and Worm (Logan Wormald) and those guys had a huge road trip and it was awesome to see those guys producing like the way they did,” said Arntsen.