July 21st, 2024

Meneghin to focus on being a better playoff performer

By Lethbridge Herald on April 16, 2024.

Herald FILE photo Medicine Hat Tigers Tomas Mrsic battles for position with Lethbridge Hurricanes Logan McCutcheon in front of Canes goaltender Harrison Meneghin during WHL action last season.

By Justin Seward

Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender Harrison Meneghin had a career year as the full-time starter for the team.

Meneghin posted career bests with a  27-20-5-0 record, a 2.59 GAA and 0.919 save percentage in 53 starts.

“I really liked my regular season,” said Meneghin.

“I felt good going into playoffs but as far as playoffs went I wish I could have done some things differently but that happens, you can’t play every game good. (And) just kind of figure out a way to be able to perform better in playoffs  (for)myself and just the team in general.”

This offseason will be about getting stronger and putting on weight for Meneghin.

“Just kind of learning more about hockey, growing my hockey IQ you could say,” he said.

“I kind of learned a lot this season about being a leader,  taking care of my body (and) trying to avoid injuries to the best I can.”

Meneghin was asked about looking forward to next season coming in with a purpose in hopes of not being swept in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. 

“I think it’s just every day you show up to the rink and you try to get that one per cent better every day,” he said.

“So that when playoffs come, you have that same expectation to keep getting better and you don’t take your foot off the gas when playoffs are here.”

Meneghin was named a Central Division First team All-Star, the division’s goaltender of the year and nominated for the same league award.

“It kind of puts your year in kind of like perspective,” said Meneghin.

“You feel like not great after playoffs but then you’re like I had a great regular season. All those awards, they’re just posts on social media or a plaque  that you get, like none of it is like about winning and winning is ultimately what we wanted to do here and it sucks that it didn’t happen. It’s going to be hard to kind of move past it now. But there’s next season and that’s what we’re focused on now.”

He  was also recgonized for Goaltender of the Week honours in January and was named team MVP.

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