Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-7-0-1) vs. Victoria Royals (5-6-1-0)
The Hurricanes lost all three games last season against Victoria, and the Royals continued the dominance against Lethbridge with a 4-2 win at the ENMAX Centre Friday on the back of a two goal night from former Hurricane Axel Blomqvist.
The Hurricanes did not start the game well as they found themselves down 6-0 in shots eight minutes into the opening frame, however, a mid period power play created some momentum for the ‘Canes getting back into the game on the shot department. Neither team would score, until Blomqvist scored a softy on Zac Robidoux to give the Royals a 1-0 lead through one period. Blomqvist moved in on the left wing and snapped one that handcuffed Robidoux and the puck went off the goalie’s glove and into the net. Victoria out shot Lethbridge 12-5 in the first.
The second saw just about everything. Victoria added to their lead at the 3:29 mark when Jack Palmer slide home his fifth of the season on a power play to make it 2-0 Vic. The two teams would begin to play old time hockey as at the 4:33 mark a double fight occurred. Logan Fisher slashed the hand out of Riley Sheen’s and hand and the two pushed back and forth. Andrew Nielsen came in to take exception and fought Fisher as the two Red Deer products went toe to toe. Simultaneously, Sheen fought Jared Dmytriw – both would get five and a game for the altercations. Lethbridge would get on the board at the 11:23 mark as Giorgio Estephan sniped one by Coleman Vollrath to make it 2-1 – for Estephan, it was his first goal of the season in his third game since returning from injury. Just over five minutes later, the Hurricanes struck again on the power play when Tyler Wong stuffed one by Vollrath with a five-on-three to see a 2-2 game after forty minutes.
In the third, the Royals started on a power play, but failed to score. However, at the 6:39 mark, Tyler Soy capped off a three-way passing play to give the Royals a 3-2 lead – it was the eventual game-winning goal. Just 37 seconds later, Nick Walters served up a massive giveaway to Blomqvist who beat Robidoux for his second of the game to give Victoria a 4-2 lead, and that would be the final.
Victoria out shot Lethbridge 33-22. The 33 shots against was the least allowed this season by the Hurricanes.
Three Stars in the building were:
1) Royals – #2 Joe Hicketts – (2A)
2) Royals – #23 Axel Blomqvist – (2G)
3) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1G)
The loss drops the ‘Canes to 1-7-0-1 on the season, despite having play some strong hockey in their last six games. In order for the ‘Canes to start putting some wins on the board, they need to play a full sixty minutes. The win for Victoria improves them to 5-6-1-0 on the year.
Lethbridge is right back at it on Saturday night as they host the Regina Pats. The game will also be the second installment of the “Pink in the Rink” weekend at the ENMAX Centre. Puck drops at 7pm.