Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-3-0-1) vs. Kamloops Blazers (4-1-1-0)
Forty-eight hours after coming from behind to beat the Calgary Hitmen in a shootout on Wednesday night, the Lethbridge Hurricanes found themselves in a shootout yet again on Friday but this time did not get the same result as the Kamloops Blazers skated to a 3-2 win.
The Hurricanes for the second straight game found themselves down in the third period, but scored twice to take the lead. However, a game-tying goal with 40 seconds by the Blazers forced OT and the much improved Kamloops team skated to the victory.
Riley Sheen, Jamal Watson and Zane Jones were once again huge in the game offensively as Sheen and Watson both scored in the third period, while Jones picked up a pair of helpers. Since being acquired from the Everett Silvertips, Jones has five points (3G-2A) in three games while Watson has four points (2G-2A) and Sheen also has five points (2G-3A). A total of 14 points in three contests.
In the first period, the Hurricanes started well. The ‘Canes out shot the Blazers 14-11 in the period. Despite some good chances, Bolton Pouliot played strong in the Kamloops net stopping every Lethbridge shot. The Hurricanes Stuart Skinner allowed one goal on the 11 shots he faced as Josh Connolly beat him from the blue line to make it 1-0 ‘loops 7:22 into the first period – Skinner believe he was interfered with on the play, but the goal stood as Kamloops lead after twenty minutes.
Kamloops dominated the second period, especially early on, as they out shot Lethbridge 18-4. The Blazers had multiple good scoring chances in the second, but couldn’t solve Skinner as he stood tall yet again proving that he is, and will be, a very good netminder in the WHL.
The third saw three goals. At the 11:59 mark Sheen tied the game with a slap shot from the top of the right circle beating Pouliot on the blocker side to make it 1-1 with a power play goal – Jones and Walters picked up the helpers. The power play goal for Lethbridge is the first goal scored on the man advantage this season – the last team to score on the PP. Exactly six minutes later, a hard forecheck by Zane Jones resulted in a turnover and the red-hot Jones centered to Watson and the captain beat Pouliot to make it 2-1 Lethbridge. However, last in the game with the extra attacker, Matt Needham rifled one by Skinner to tie it up 2-2 with 40 seconds left in regulation.
Neither team would score in overtime, but the best chance was for the Hurricanes as Jones was sprung free on a breakaway by Sheen but he was stopped by Pouliot with the left pad to keep the game going. Kamloops out shot Lethbridge 4-2 in the overtime period.
In the shootout, Jones was stopped by Pouliot, then Jesse Shynkaruk beat Skinner to give the Blazers the advantage. Jamal Watson would score to tie it up 1-1 before Cole Ully lost control on a move. Riley Sheen who won the game on Wedneday, failed to score and Jake Kryski won the game with a shot low on the blocker side of Skinner.
Three stars of the game in the building were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (42 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #19 Riley Sheen – (1G, 1A)
3) ‘Canes – #6 Andrew Nielsen
The Hurricanes picked up three out of four points on the mini two game home stand and sit with a record of 1-3-0-1. The ‘Canes now head out on a three-game BC Division road trip as they play three games in four nights beginning Wednesday in Prince George against the Cougars. They will face the Blazers again on Friday in Kamloops before a Saturday showdown in Kelowna.
You can catch all of those games live on ROCK 106 with the pregame show beginning 15 minutes prior to the faceoff.