Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-23-3-3) vs. Saskatoon Blades (9-29-2-1)
After a busy week ahead of the trade deadline that saw the Hurricanes make five separate moves leading up to their Friday game against the Saskatoon Blades, the ‘Canes hit the 10 win mark with a 4-1 victory over the Blades.
The Hurricanes saw the return of Tyler Wong and Giorgio Estephan after the pair of them missed the last two games nursing ailments. Newcomer Brady Reagan and Florian Baltram also made their debuts. So to did goalie Jayden Sittler who was superb making 40 saves in the game for the victory.
The ‘Canes opened the scoring 9:17 in when Wong beat Nik Amundrud for his 14th goal of the year – Estephan picked up the assist. Lethbridge scored again as Estephan tapped in a loose puck into the empty net after Jamal Watson out waited Amundrud before centering the puck as Estephan had a wide open net to make it 2-0 ‘Canes. Saskatoon held the edge in shots 12-10 in the first period.
The ‘Canes had more chances in the second period and made good on a power play as Kade Jensen blasted home his third goal of the season – all have come on the man advantage – Watson and Devan Fafard earned the assists. Sittler came up big multiple times in the period keeping the Blades scoreless. His two best stops were a breakaway save on Mason McCarty and a sprawled out glove stop on Nikita Soshnin.
In the third, the ‘Canes and Blades traded goals. At the 5:13 mark, the ‘Canes made it 4-0 as Estephan scored his second of the night – Burke picked up the lone assist on the goal. With under ten minutes left in the game, the Blades broke the shutout bid for Sittler as Cameron Hebig lifted a rebound over the ‘Canes goaltender to make it 4-1 and that was how the game ended.
Saskatoon had the edge in shots 40-35 in the game. The Hurricanes went 1/4 on the power play, Blades went 0/4.
1) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (2 goals, 1 assist, including GWG)
2) ‘Canes – #33 Jayden Sittler – (40 saves in ‘Canes debut)
3) Blades – #5 Mason McCarty – (1 assist)
The Hurricanes hit double digits with the victory and are now 2-0-0-0 against the Blades this season. The ‘Canes are now just two wins shy of their season total a year ago. Lethbridge is back in action Saturday night against Jake Virtanen and the Calgary Hitmen.