Lethbridge Hurricanes (6-15-3-1) vs. Vancouver Giants (9-17-0-0)
The Hurricanes saw the return of Stuart Skinner from injury. The 16-year-old goalie who had missed the last ten games due to an upper-body injury and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge didn’t miss a beat picking up where he left off as he steered aside all 37 shots he faced in the game for his first WHL shutout.
The Hurricanes wasted no time as the Captain Jamal Watson scored just one minute into the game as he notched his first of two in the game and 11th of the season – Riley Sheen had the assist, the first of four in the game. The Hurricanes played a terrific first ten minutes, Vancouver came on in the middle part of the period, but the ‘Canes held the lead 1-0 after twenty minutes of play. Lethbridge had the edge in shots 13-10.
The Giants did a good job to kill off an early ‘Canes power play in the second and after that took over. Vancouver controlled the majority of the period out shooting the Hurricanes, but could not solve Skinner who was outstanding in his return. On a late period power play, while four-on-three, Jaeger White found Andrew Nielsen who ripped it by Cody Porter to make it 2-0 – for White, his first career WHL point. The ‘Canes held a 2-0 lead through two periods.
In the third, the Giants continued to pepper Skinner but he was on his game and would steer everything aside. The ‘Canes made it 3-0 at the 12:34 mark when Watson scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season. Before the game was over, White would blast one by Porter at the 17:28 mark for his first career WHL goal making it 4-0. Riley Sheen picked up his fourth assist on the White goal matching a career-high for points in a game matching his four assist night in Saskatoon last month.
The Hurricanes were out shot 37-34 on the night. The ‘Canes went 1/3 on the power play, the Giants went 0/2.
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (37 saves, first WHL shutout)
2) ‘Canes – #7 Jaeger White – (1 goal, 1 assist – first WHL point, first WHL goal)
3) ‘Canes – #17 Jamal Watson – (2 goals, including GWG)
With the win, the Hurricanes snapped a nine game skid and earn just their first win in the month of November, they are now 1-6-2-0 this month. Skinner has now earned wins in four of his last five starts and is back to five-hundred on the season.
The Hurricanes now head south to the United States to complete the month of November with games in Tri-City on Friday and Spokane on Saturday – both are 8pm starts.