'Canes believe run is possible

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

During the regular season, the Lethbridge Hurricanes ran a nine-game winning streak.

On top of that, Lindsay Hofford's charges had a 14-game unbeaten run.

So, winning three-straight games, which the 'Canes must do to stay alive in their opening round WHL playoff series against the Hitmen, is no big deal.

That's one reason Hofford was somewhat relaxed after yesterday's practice.

"Very positive, very upbeat," he reported of his charges. "We were business as usual."

A good outlook but seeing as the Hurricanes are down 3-1 in the series and could be done as early as tonight when they host the Hitmen, there is a little more at stake than just a win.

That said, he believes his players simply have to be up to the task.

"If you want it, it's there for you. Nothing's really changed," Hofford explained. "We had to win four games when the series started and we've still got to win four games.

"The rules don't change and it doesn't matter the order you win them in. It's just you've got to win four."

With the way his top guns have performed so far, it's hard to imagine that happening.

Tyler Redenbach was the WHL's leading scorer last season but has just two cheap assists, Jonathan Filewich and Colton Yellow Horn have one goal each and Kyle Pess -- pointless in the first three games -- was a healthy scratch last outing.

"Our better players have got to be better," Hofford admitted. "You've got to make things happen. They have the power to do it, it's just them coming to the realization it's time to get the job done.

"Sometimes there's some growing pains with regards to that and, obviously, we're learning here but the time frame you have to learn is very short.

"Hopefully, these first four games in the series has proven something to me, that they can give a little bit more and they're going to be willing to do that."

If there's one consolation, Lethbridge goalie Aaron Sorochan had a solid bounce-back game Wednesday. More of the same will mean a chance for the 'Canes.

"I think he's coming around and that's why I feel pretty good," Hofford said. "Through the year, he's a guy that's gone up and down but his ups have been a lot longer than his downs. I think he's come out of that and that's when we usually go on a bit of a streak. If we can ride him the next three games, we'll be in pretty good shape."


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