Fir­ing on all cylin­ders


The Swift Cur­rent K Mo­tel Hur­ri­canes have now won nine straight games in the South Saskatchewan Midget AA Hockey League.

Fri­day, the Hur­ri­canes ad­vanced to the sec­ond round of the pro­vin­cial play­offs with a 52 win over the vis­it­ing Regina Wild. The two teams had tied game one 1-1 last week in Regina in the opener of the two-game, to­tal goals se­ries. Austin Larochelle, Do­minic Vallee, Jor­dan Wittman, Con­nor Kennedy, and Colton Adam all scored, while Lo­gan Tis­dale earned the win in goal with 26 saves. Wittman and Larochelle both added two as­sists for three-point out­ings and Kain Steven­son also had two as­sists. Shayn Bis­son­nette and Parker Wall added sin­gle as­sists.

“Yeah, it felt real good. The boys played very well. The sec- ond game we opened it up in the third pe­riod and fin­ished them off. We are just wait­ing to sched­ule the next round and we will see how that goes,” said head coach Greg Hur­rell.

Satur­day, the Hur­ri­canes got back into league play with a 6-4 win over the vis­it­ing Regina Flames. Kennedy scored twice and Adam, Vallee, and Josh Dickie added sin­gles. Blade Roh picked up the win in goal.

Sun­day, the Hur­ri­canes downed the vis­it­ing Prairie Storm 6-3 in their third game in as many nights. Tis­dale picked up the win with 31 saves on 34 shots.

Wittman led the Hur­ri­canes with two goals and an as­sist, while Tris­ten Carey and Adam both had a goal and an as­sist. Tan­ner Fritzke and Steven­son both had two as­sists in the win. Wade Auger and Braden Wittmier also scored and Dickie and Larochelle added as­sists.

“I thought we played good,” said Kennedy af­ter Sun­day’s win. “We played down to their level at times. But we got back at it, played good, and got the win, so that’s all that mat­ters.”

The Hur­ri­canes stretched their lead to 5-1 dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod when the Storm took a fiveminute check­ing from be­hind ma­jor.

“Yeah, they took lots of penal­ties and we had lots of chances on the power play and we cap­i­tal­ized on a few chances,” said Kennedy.

“We came out pretty good, scored a cou­ple of goals, and then we kind of laid back a lit­tle bit. The guys are a lit­tle bit tired af­ter three games in three nights,” ex­plained Hur­rell. “They knew that the Prairie Storm are in the lower half of the di­vi­sion, so it was a bat­tle just to get through. But we got through it and that makes nine or 10 in a row for us so I am pretty happy.”

A five-game win­less streak in Novem­ber is now a dis­tant mem­ory for the Hur­ri­canes.

“That was in the early part of the sea­son and we were still get­ting our lines set and stuff. But now the boys are buy­ing into our sys­tems and we are click­ing on all eight cylin­ders. We are on a roll and hope­fully we can keep it go­ing,” said Hur­rell.

“It is just hard work I guess. We have been bat­tling hard, win­ning games, and just do­ing what it takes to win games,” added Kennedy. “We have depth, lots of depth. 1-11 for­wards, ev­ery­one can play at this level. We have prob­a­bly one of the deep­est teams in this league and if we work hard we can beat any team on any given night,” said Kennedy.

The Hur­ri­canes will now face the Notre Dame Hounds in the sec­ond round of the pro­vin­cial play­offs af­ter the Hounds up­set the Moose Jaw War­riors. “Ob­vi­ously the goal is to go as far as we can and play hard, just do what we can to win ev­ery game. We just want to go to Notre Dame and hope­fully beat them,” said Kennedy.

The Hur­ri­canes sat atop the league standings with a 19-5-3 record. They will be on the road this weekend against the Regina Cap­i­tals and the Regina Flames.

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