(Credit: Steve Hiscock)
Funny how the summer always seems to fly by. The rookies hit the ice next week! Hurricanes hockey is just around the corner and I wanted to take a quick peek into the coming season. It only seems fitting to examine a few reasons fans (and management) should be excited about the coming season.
With the foundation the players and coaches were able to establish last season, it’s not hard to be optimistic about the outlook for the coming hockey season. The team is on solid footing and the players ought to be returning with gleeful energy and confidence. The Hurricanes are a good team and there’s no reason this group shouldn’t once again be competing as one of the best in the Eastern Conference.
Without further ado, I present to you five reasons Hurricanes fans should be excited for 2016-2017.
(Photos courtesy Tyler Mikla)
Let’s get a few things out of the way before we dive into this game. The Ice are having an abysmal year and injuries are a big part of it. Tonight they only dressed 15 skaters… one of them got injured and didn’t return after the 1st period. So while I would like to sing the praises of the Hurricanes, let’s keep in mind who they were playing against. I mean that with all due respect. Facts are just facts. The Ice were fighting an uphill battle, and honestly, I give them credit for their game tonight.
All that out of the way, the Lethbridge Hurricanes did exactly what they needed to do. They feasted (especially late) on a tired, hurt, and downtrodden team to get a crucial two points. The Canes took care of business so to say. BTO would be proud.
It just so happens that the Rebels also buckled down and secured a regulation victory this evening. The upward pressure from Sutter’s crew makes the triumph over Kootenay all the more meaningful.
It’s all on the line come Friday and Saturday night.
“Love Hurts”, “Hair of the Dog”, “Holy Roller”, “This Flight Tonight”… Nazareth is a legendary 70’s-80’s band. The mid 70’s… we’re talking about a band at it’s zenith – at the ‘height of their powers’ if you will.
Last night I was on 110% Podcast’s “Hurricanes This Week” and I made a huge mistake. No – it wasn’t a wild opinion or controversial comment… it was worse. I mistook Nazareth for Judas Priest. I could try to explain… I mean, Judas knew Jesus… and Jesus was a Nazareth boy, but, I’ll accept defeat and just kindly walk away with my head hung low.
Preview after the break…
(Photo Courtesy: Oregon Sports News)
I’ve said it before – I love when teams from the US Division are in town. There always seems to be a refreshing jolt of energy in the rink when visitors come from the South-West. Few teams arrive with more fanfare or bravado than the Portland Winterhawks. The’Hawks have a strong fanbase and it sounds like it will be out in full force tonight.
Word has it there are bus loads of Portland fans making the treck, a few more fans flying-in, and others who are local that will be invading the Enmax to support their team. Hurricane fans might need to step their game up a little if they want to keep up with what I am sure will be a rowdy bunch from Oregon.
I for one can’t wait to see it all play out.
(Photo Credit: Marissa Baecker)
It’s a simple concept really – what goes up – must come down. There’s no doubt the Hurricanes were flying high prior to Friday’s loss in Victoria. They entered that game on a ten game winning streak, and despite compounding injuries, nothing seemed to slow them down. They lost an uneven affair that night to the Royals and followed up with an equally underwhelming loss Saturday to the Giants. What goes up….
Tonight things don’t get any easier. The Hurricanes are in Kelowna to visit the perennial powerhouse Rockets. Kelowna has been hot on the Canes’ heels for weeks now, and having already beaten Lethbridge twice, will be looking to take over top spot in the WHL tonight with a victory.