GDB 53.0: MAKE HAY
(Photo Credit: Tyler Mikla)
They say you need to make hay while the sun shines.
Over the next week the Hurricanes will play some of the league’s most beleaguered teams. It’s the hockey equivalent of perfect haymaking conditions and it all starts tonight in Cranbrook.
Preview after the jump.
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With all due respect to the Kootenay Ice, this is a game the Hurricanes should win. Coming off a massive, losing streak snapping 5 – 1 win over the Warriors Friday, Lethbridge is in a great position to start a new winning streak against the WHL’s statistically worst team. The Ice have only won eight games through their first fifty-two matches. They hold a record of 8-40-4-0 – good for 20 points. The next worse team, Saskatoon (who the Hurricanes face Wednesday), is a full twenty points better than the Ice.
After so many successful on-ice seasons, it’s strange to see Kootenay struggling so badly. The Ice have been one of, if not THE, most consistently impressive teams in the Western league for decades. This season the wheels have fallen off completely. It began with a host of key injuries and things have never really gotten better. With the Ice having only earned one point in their last ten games, things don’t appear like they will be getting better anytime soon.
As far as injuries are concerned, Kootenay is missing forward Jaedon Descheneau indefinitely, and forward Austin Gray is listed as day to day.
From a Hurricane perspective, there’s plenty of positives to build on from last night. The trio of Wong, Bellerive and Vandervlis was great, Cory Millette really stepped up and carried the team offensively, and the overall team defense was impressive. Lethbridge is a perfect 5-0 against the Ice in the season series and will be looking to keep it up.
With Skinner getting the start (and the big win) last night, it stands to reason that Sittler will get the call in goal against Kootenay. Sittler’s last start was Saturday in Vancouver. The Hurricanes played a poor defensive game against the Giants and Sittler allowed 4 goals on 37 shots. Jayden has had a sensational season. He sits 7th in the league with a GAA of 2.72 and I have a gut feeling that his team plays a much better game tonight than they did a week ago.
All things being equal, the key to the game for the Hurricanes is not to play down to the level of their opposition. The Canes have done what they’ve needed to do so far this season against the Ice and tonight is no different. If they can get out to an early lead and heap on Kootenay early, I like the visitors chances.
Apologies that today’s preview is so short. It’s a tight turn around with last night’s game and a few prior Saturday morning commitments. As always, we will be with you covering tonight’s game via WHL Live. Join in on Twitter or in the comments section anytime.
What do you think? Who are you excited to watch tonight and what will be the outcome. Comment below.
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