By Ned Bekavac
The Guelph Hurricanes lost three games in three days playing for their new coach and owner.
Guelph native Scott Hunter is the new owner of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League team and Jeff Reid, former head coach of the Guelph Gryphons men’s hockey team, is the Canes’ new bench boss.
The Hurricanes lost 4-2 to Caledonia Saturday, 5-0 to Stratford Friday, and 4-0 against Cambridge Thursday.
Hunter says a turnaround for the team, which is now 1-11-0 on the season, will obviously take some time.
“Things just need to settle before we go forward,” Hunter said on Monday.
He says he’s seeing a lot of “great things” in the team.
“It’s just a matter of time before we start winning games, and that’s what we’re here for,” he said.
Hunter, a sports fan who is the owner and president of Gateway Pet Memorial Services Inc. in town, lives here with his wife Kelly, their three children, and two dogs.
Reid, who went on to be an assistant coach of the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack after his Gryphons gig years back, replaces Kyle Campbell as Hurricanes head coach. Campbell entered this season as the club’s new coach.
Also, assistant coach Trent Brown has stepped down, said Hunter.
Matt Nightingale and Matt Lippa scored Guelph’s goals in the loss to Caledonia.
The Hurricanes host Kitchener (4-5-2) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.