Lethbridge Hurricanes (19-36-5-3) vs. Brandon Wheat Kings (47-10-4-3)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a three-game Eastern swing and played their second of a five-game road trip in Brandon on Wednesday night against the Eastern Conference leading Wheat Kings. A tough second period that saw the Wheat Kings score six times paced them to a 7-3 victory over the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes had a strong first period skating to a 1-1 tie after twenty minutes and a strong third period outscoring the Wheat Kings 2-0, but the second period was the killer.
The Hurricanes opened the scoring just 1:15 into the game as Brayden Burke finished off a give-and-go with Florian Baltram. Burke, passed to Baltram, who quickly returned it to Burke who snapped it through the legs of Brandon’s starter Alex Moodie to make it a 1-0 game – Jamal Watson picked up the second helper. Lethbridge was out shooting Brandon 7-3 in the early going of the game, but a goal at the 5:23 mark by Braylon Shmyr on a two-on-one tied the game 1-1. Hurricanes had the lone power play of the period, but failed to capitalize as the score was tied through one period. Brandon held the edge in shots 14-13.
It was a second period to forget for the Hurricanes who surrendered six goals on 26 shots. Peter Quenneville scored three of the six and gave the Wheat Kings the lead for the first time as he scored his first at the 3:13 mark. He added another just 1:25 later on a power play goal to make it 3-1 Brandon. After goals by Duncan Campbell, Tyler Coulter and Tim McGauley, Quenneville completed the second period hattrick to make it 7-1 Wheat Kings after two periods. Brandon score six goals in the second, the Hurricanes mustered just five shots.
Jayden Sittler, who started for the Hurricanes and gave up seven goals on 40 shots was on the bench to start the third as Stuart Skinner played the final period stopping all nine shots he faced in the period. Lethbridge won the third scoring twice. Burke scored his second of the game at the 11:40 mark after a Nick Walters point shot bounced to the 18-year-old – Tyler Wong earned the second assist. Wong, who was stymied early in the third on a cross-crease pass, made good rifling one by Moodie for his team-leading 24th of the season – Giorgio Estephan and Burke picked up the assists. Hurricanes and Wheat Kings each had nine shots on goal in the period.
The ‘Canes were out shot 49-27 in the game. Hurricanes went 0/2 on the power play, while Brandon went 1/3 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Wheat Kings – #15 Peter Quenneville – (3 goals, 1 assist)
2) Wheat Kings – #7 Eric Roy – (3 assists)
3) Wheat Kings – #22 Braylon Shmyr – (1 goal, 1 assist)
The loss for the Hurricanes drops their record for 19-36-5-3 on the season. The loss to the Wheat Kings also eliminates the Hurricanes from playoff contention. The ‘Canes will travel to Saskatoon to face the Blades on Friday night before wrapping up the three game Eastern swing on Saturday in Prince Albert.