Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-28-3-3) vs. Vancouver Giants (20-25-1-1)
Friday night marked the beginning of a busy stretch for the Lethbridge Hurricanes as the ‘Canes will play six games in the next nine nights. Lethbridge opened up the busy part of the schedule with a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Giants in front of 3,393 people at the ENMAX Centre.
Two goals in the first period and one in the second helped the Giants to the victory, while Cody Porter allowed to goals on 22 shots. Stuart Skinner stopped 25 of 28 he saw in the game.
Zane Jones made his return to Lethbridge two weeks after a trade to Vancouver the night before the trade deadline. It didn’t take the 20-year-old long to make his presence known either as the former ‘Cane opened the scoring 6:43 into the game on a redirection of a Brennan Menell pass passed Skinner to make it 1-0. Tyler Wong scored his 17th of the season to tie a career high on a power play under four minutes later – Kord Pankewicz and Brayden Burke earned the assists on the 1-1 goal. However, with just 14.9 seconds left in the period Alec Baer made it 2-1 Vancouver beating Skinner on a two-on-one to give the Giants a one-goal lead after twenty minutes. Giants held the edge in shots 13-8.
A sloppy second period, by both sides, produced just one goal. Carter Popoff scored it on a power play late in the period. Popoff skated out of the left corner uncontested to the front of the net before ripping it by Skinner on the glove side post and in to make it 3-1 Vancouver. 10-7 were the shots in favour of the Giants.
In the third, the Hurricanes played their best period of the game after a tough first forty minutes. The line of Wong, Burke and Giorgio Estephan created opportunities every time they were on the ice. On yet another power play, Wong scored his second of the night and 18th of the season to set the mark of a new career high to cut the Giants lead to one with under five minutes left in the game. The ‘Canes pulled Skinner twice, but failed to beat Porter as the Giants snapped a five game losing streak while extending the Hurricanes to five games as Vancouver earns the season split with the Hurricanes with the 3-2 win.
The ‘Canes were out shot 28-22 in the contest. Lethbridge went 2/6 on the power play, while the Giants went 1/2.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Giants – #8 Alec Baer – (1 goal)
2) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (2 goals, sets a new career high w/ 18)
3) Giants – #20 Arvin Atwal – (2 assists)
The Hurricanes continue the busy stretch as they host the Prince George Cougars Saturday night at the ENMAX, puck drops at 7 o’clock.