Lethbridge Hurricanes (18-33-3-3) vs. Kootenay Ice (29-27-1-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes had their three game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night as the Kootenay Ice stole away a 5-2 win at the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes trailed by one heading to the third period, but three early goals in the third for the Ice led them to the win.
It was a tight first period as neither team found the back of the net. The Ice out shot the Hurricanes 7-6 in the period. The best chance was early on as Jaedon Descheneau was robbed by Jayden Sittler with the paddle. Both teams had their chances, but failed to score on the man advantage.
Half way through the second period, the Ice broke the ice as Austin Vetterl snapped one just inside the post passed Sittler to make it 1-0 with under ten minutes to play in the third period. Kootenay added another at the 16:15 mark as Matt Alfaro scored his first of two in the game to make it 2-0. Just over a minute and a half later, however, it was Mike Winther jamming one by Wyatt Hoflin to make it a one-goal game as the ‘Canes trailed 2-1. Shots favoured the Ice 19-11 in the second period.
The Ice capitalized on a power play just eight seconds into the third period as Tim Bozon finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play to make it 3-1. Just 1:23 later, Troy Murray pinched in from the blue line and snapped a dribbler through Sittler to make it 4-1. It was 5-1 as Alfaro scored his second of the game with a power play goal at the 7:08 mark. Winther, who got in an early third period fight with Rinat Valiev while also getting hurt on the play, returned to snipe one by Hoflin at the 13:05 mark for his second tally of the evening – Ryley Lindgren and Kord Pankewicz picked up the helpers. The was all the ‘Canes got as the Ice went on to the win.
Kootenay out shot Lethbridge 12-2 in the third period, and 38-19 overall. The ‘Canes went 0/4 on the power play, while the Ice went 2/5.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Ice – #21 Matt Alfaro – (2 goals, 1 assist)
2) Ice – #15 Austin Vetterl – (1 goal)
3) ‘Canes – #21 Mike Winther – (2 goals)
The Hurricanes three game winning streak is snapped, but will have a chance to get back in the win column on Friday night in the first of a three-game weekend in the US as they visit Seattle on Friday before visiting Portland on Saturday and Everett on Sunday.