Lethbridge Hurricanes (5-12-3-1) vs. Kootenay Ice (8-13-0-0)
The Ice entered having won four straight games and featured Sam Reinhart and Tim Bozon back in the line up. Reinhart was as advertised on Saturday collecting one goal and two assists in the win.
The Hurricanes started the first ten minutes with a strong pace and some good jump, however, the Ice matched it and Wyatt Hoflin, the Ice starting goaltender stood tall. Kootenay would jump out to a lead with just 5:01 left in the first period as Zak Zborosky beat Zac Robidoux who started his seventh straight game in the absence of Stuart Skinner who remains out with injury. The goal for Zborosky was his sixth of the season and Reinhart added the lone helper to see Kootenay in front 1-0 after one period. Ice led in shots 13-6 in the opening frame.
In the second, the Hurricanes started on a power play but failed to connect. After a big open ice hit on Jaedon Descheneau, Griffin Foulk fought Rinat Valiev and it seemed to spark the Hurricanes as Captain Jamal Watson would equalize on a breakaway. Watson made a nice move to his back hand before beating Hoflin to make it 1-1 – Zane Jones picked up the lone helper at the 3:56 mark. However, the Ice would score three straight goals. First, Reinhart beat Robidoux on a partial breakaway himself at the 6:46 mark. Then, on a power play the Ice would whip the puck around quickly before Luke Philp let fly from the top of the right circle beating the ‘Canes goalie high blocker side making it 3-1 Kootenay – Reinhart yet another assist. Before the period was out at the 19:19 mark, River Beattie beat Robidoux on a lucky bounce to make it 4-1 Ice after two. The Hurricanes only mustered three shots on goal in the second, while the Ice directed 14 on net.
The two teams would skate to a stalemate in the third period until the Hurricanes got on the board late as Tyler Wong beat Hoflin with a bullet from the right circle on a power play – it was the first time that the ‘Canes power play has struck in three games. Taylor Cooper and Andrew Nielsen picked up the assists on the goal. The ‘Canes would pull the goalie in hopes of making it closer, but it was not to be as the Ice picked up their fifth straight win, while the ‘Canes dropped their sixth in a row.
The Hurricanes were out shot 39-22 on the night, the ‘Canes went 1/3 on the power play while the Ice went 1/2.
1) ICE – #23 Same Reinhart – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) ICE – #20 Tim Bozon – (no points)
3) ‘Canes – #11 Taylor Cooper – (1 assist in his 150th WHL game)
The Hurricanes are now win-less in November and will regroup before a busy end to the month beginning next Friday in Kootenay. The ‘Canes will return home for Saturday and Sunday games against Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. They will also take on the Vancouver Giants on the following Wednesday before traveling to the United States for the first of two trips as they will take on the Tri-City Americans and Spokane Chiefs to finish the month of November.