Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-27-3-3) vs. Moose Jaw Warriors (19-24-3-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes played game two of a mini two game road trip on Saturday night in Moose Jaw against the Warriors. Both teams were coming off losses on Friday. The last time the ‘Canes were in Moose Jaw they skated to a 6-4 win, but this time it was the Warriors that picked up a 5-0 win.
Jayden Sittler started his fourth game in the last five for the Hurricanes after Stuart Skinner started Friday in Brandon. Sittler was strong again for the Hurricanes, but the attack from Moose Jaw was too strong as three second period goals paced them to the win.
In the first period, the Hurricanes had an early power play that they failed to capitalize on as Tyler Brown took a hooking call just 25 seconds into the game. Lethbridge had their chances and started the game pretty well out shooting the Warriors 5-2 in the first five minutes, but Moose Jaw took over from there. The home squad opened the scoring at the 6:32 mark as Dustin Perillat moved in and put a backhander passed Sittler to open the scoring making it 1-0 and that was how the first would end. Moose Jaw out shot Lethbridge 15-8 in the opening frame.
Warriors continued to control the game in the second period scoring three goals. Jack Rodewald scored his 21st of the season as he finished on a two-on-one with Brayden Point to make it 2-0 just 2:12 into the second period. As a penalty to Andrew Nielsen had just expired, Jiri Smejkal jammed one by Sittler to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead. Former Hurricane Axel Blomqvist made it 4-0 with 3:12 left in the period to give the Warriors a healthy 4-0 lead after two periods. Moose Jaw dominated the shot department 24-11 in the middle period.
In the third, the teams each fired nine shots on goal, but it was the Warriors who found the back of the net for the only goal of the period. At the 2:06 mark, Jiri Smejkal scored his second of the game, and eighth of the season, as he moved in on the right side and put a back hand through the legs of of Sittler to make it 5-0 and that would be how it ended.
Final shots favoured the Warriors 48-28 in the hockey game.
Both teams failed to convert on the power play as Lethbridge went 0/4 with the extra man, Moose Jaw went 0/6. The Hurricanes have given up just one power play goal against in their last seven outings.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Warriors – #13 Jiri Smejkal – (2 goals, 1 assist)
2) Warriors – #31 Zach Sawchenko – (28 saves, 3rd shutout of the season)
3) Warriors – #23 Axel Blomqvist – (1 goal)
The loss for the Hurricanes drop their record to 10-27-3-3 on the season and have no lost four straight games, and five in a row on the road. The ‘Canes will play four of their next five contests at home at the ENMAX Centre starting next Friday when Zane Jones and the Vancouver Giants roll into town.