Lethbridge Hurricanes (5-13-3-1) vs. Kootenay Ice (9-14-0-0)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked of a stretch that will see them play six games in nine nights on Friday in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice.
The Hurricanes, losers of six straight games entering play dropped a 5-1 decision to the Ice, although it was not a 5-1 game.
Despite a good first period that saw chances at both ends, it would come to an end scoreless after 20 minutes. Both goalies were great in the first as Zac Robidoux made multiple big saves, especially early, to keep the game scoreless. While Wyatt Hoflin was also terrific. Kootenay out shot Lethbridge 9-7 in the period.
In the second, both teams would continue to press and it was the Ice who’d capitalize first. At the 8:36 mark, Sam Reinhart found Tim Bozon streaking in on the right wing and the 20-year-old snapped one by Robidoux to make it 1-0 – Rinat Valiev would get the second assist. With the assist in the first goal, Reinhart surpassed Jarret Stoll for the Kootenay franchise lead in assists with 163. Reinhart wasn’t done there, before the period was out he’d connect again with Bozon who made it 2-0 with just 22 seconds left in the period – Valiev again the second assist. The shots favoure the Ice 19-11 in the middle frame.
The third period started with a bang, and it was exactly what the Hurricanes needed as Taylor Cooper found the back of the net at the 26 second mark to cut the lead in half – Andrew Nielsen and Tyler Wong picked up the helpers. However, just 25 seconds later at the :51 mark, Levi Cable found a lose puck and potted one by Robidoux to restore Kootenay’s two goal lead, 3-1. Hurricanes would continue to press to get some more goals, but the Ice offense was all over them at parts of the third. ‘Canes pulled the goalie for the extra attacker but Valiev would find the empty net with 1:13 left. Jaedon Descheneau added insult to injury making it a 5-1 final with a power play goal with just 3.4 seconds left in the games as Kootenay picked up their sixth win in seven games.
The Hurricanes surrendered 48 shots on the night while only directing 26 on goal themselves – ‘Canes have only out shot the opposition once this season.
‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play while the Ice went 1/5.
Three stars in the building were:
1) Ice – #20 Tim Bozon – (2 goals, 1 assist, including GWG)
2) Ice – #23 Sam Reinhart – (2 assists)
3) Ice – #30 Wyatt Hoflin – (25 saves)
The Hurricanes with the loss have no dropped seven in a row, and are now 0-2-1-0 against Kootenay and 5-13-3-1 on the season.
The ‘Canes are right back at it tomorrow night in the second of a three-in-three weekend as they welcome the Moose Jaw Warriors at the ENMAX Centre before a Sunday clash with the Prince Albert Raiders.