Lethbridge Hurricanes (6-17-3-1) vs. Spokane Chiefs (14-7-3-0)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes completed a two-game US Division road trip Saturday night in Spokane against the Chiefs. Despite a better effort than on Friday in Tri-City, the Hurricanes dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chiefs.
The ‘Canes played a strong first period trading chances with the Chiefs early on. Neither team could break the ice until mid way through the first period as Jacob Cardiff jumped on a rebound and banged it by Stuart Skinner to give Spokane a 1-0 lead – Curtis Miske and Blair Oneschuk picked up the assists on the play. Chiefs out shot the ‘Canes 9-6 in the first period.
Neither team would find the back of the net in the second period as Skinner stopped all 13 shots while Tyson Verhelst steered aside all seven Lethbridge shots in the period. Giorgio Estephan, who hasn’t scored since October 17th against the Victoria Royals, had three great scoring chances in the second but could not beat Verhelst.
The third period was probably the most exciting of the three. Early in the period, at the 2:27 mark Jordan Henderson put one by Skinner for his first career WHL goal – Calder Brooks and Adam Helewka earned the helpers giving Spokane a 2-0 lead. The Chiefs would keep coming creating multiple good scoring chances but Skinner stayed sharp giving the ‘Canes a chance. Skinner made his best save of the night off Brooks point blank on the doorstep. Helewka centered to a wide-open Brooks who one-timed a shot on goal but Skinner quickly got his left pad across to keep it a two-goal game. Late in the period, with the goaltender pulled, the Hurricanes would cut the lead in half as they stormed the net and Tyler Wong poked home his ninth goal of the season making it 2-1 with 29 seconds left in the game. The ‘Canes pulled the goalie again, but failed to score as time ran out and Spokane skated to the 2-1 victory.
Final shots favoured the Chiefs 39-26 on the night and 17-13 in the third period. Neither team struck on the power play as the ‘Canes went 0/4 while the Chiefs were 0/2.
Three stars in the building were:
1) Chiefs – #31 Tyson Verhelst – (25 saves)
2) Chiefs – #8 Jordan Henderson – (1 goal, including GWG & 1st career WHL goal)
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (37 saves)
The Hurricanes now sit with a 6-17-3-1 record on the season and finished the month of November with a 1-8-2-0. The ‘Canes are next in action on Friday, December 5th, when they travel to Swift Current to take on the Broncos. Lethbridge will return home on Saturday when they host the Red Deer Rebels on Teddy Bear and Toque Toss Night at the ENMAX Centre.