The Lethbridge Hurricanes and Regina Pats are ready to do battle in the WHL’s Eastern Conference final.
For the Pats, it is the first time they have reached the WHL’s Final Four since 1993, and the play of the hockey club has rubbed off in the community as tickets for the first two games of the series Friday and Saturday are the hottest commodity in the city.
Defenceman Connor Hobbs says the increased notoriety they are getting is refreshing.
“Somebody recognizes us and congratulates us or wishes us good luck, and that goes a long way,” said Hobbs. “When someone that you have no idea who they are says they are rooting for you, it feels pretty good.”
Hobbs adds the team has fed off its fans at a sold-out Brandt Centre, and he is hoping they can do that again.
“We fed off the energy in this building and they will too. There were a lot of Swift Current fans in here in the last round, and I am guessing there will be a lot of Lethbridge fans here this weekend.” stated the 19 year old defenceman. “Home ice is huge, so with the fans on our side it will help us just like it will help them when we go there.”
The status of captain Adam Brooks remains in limbo. While he dressed for the final three games of the Swift Current series after being injured in Game 2, he did not take a shift. It is thought he could play before this series is over, but when is not known.
620 CKRM will have the game for you starting at 7 o’clock with the pre-game show going at 6:35. Saskatchewan’s #1 Sports Show “The Sportscage” will also come from the rink in advance of the series opener.