Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-5-0-1) vs. Kamloops Blazers (6-2-1-0)
One week after falling 3-2 in a shootout at home to the Kamloops Blazers, the Lethbridge Hurricanes paid a visit to the Blazers in hopes of returning the favour, however, the Blazers came out victorious again; this time 3-1 at the Interior Savings Centre.
The game marked the return of 17-year-old forward Giorgio Estephan to the Hurricanes line up after missing the first six games of the season with a lower body injury. Estephan skated on a line with Taylor Cooper and Tyler Wong – they didn’t score in the game, but skated well and create a lot of good chances.
The Hurricanes played a perfect period of hockey in the first out-chancing the Blazers and out shooting them 12-9 in the first period. Riley Sheen opened the scoring at the 12:52 mark with a power play goal (just the second PP goal of the year for the Hurricanes). For Sheen, it was a beautiful solo effort slipping through the defense before making a nice move on the Blazers netminder Cole Kehler to make it 1-0 – Nick Walters drew the lone assist. However, the only blemish of the period came just 3:04 later as Ryan Rehill hit Matt Needham on a outlet pass before the Kamloops Captain rifled one by Stuart Skinner to make it 1-1 after one period.
The second period, the Blazers took over the game. Blazers out shot the ‘Canes 14-9 in the period and Jake Kryski was the beneficiary of the misfortune of Walters. Walters was pivoting to get a puck in his own zone but fell and Matt Revel threw one to the net and Kryski banged home the rebound to make it 2-1.
The Hurricanes played a much better game in the third period trying to push for the game tying goal. The ‘Canes threw everything at Kehler in the third, but he stood tall. The Blazers Captain Needham iced the win when he scored into the empty net with just 11.9 second left in the game to give Kamloops a 3-1 win.
The Blazers out shot the Hurricanes 38-27 in the game.
Lethbridge went 1/3 on the power play, Kamloops did not have a chance with man advantage.
Three stars of the game in the building were:
1) Blazers – #35 Cole Kehler – (26 saves)
2) Blazers – #14 Matt Needham – (2 goals)
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (35 saves)
The Hurricanes are now 0-2 on their BC road trip and conclude the trip tomorrow night in Kelowna against the 7-0 Rockets.