Lethbridge Hurricanes (20-42-5-3) vs. Kootenay Ice (37-29-1-3)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes played their second to last home game of the regular season on Wednesday night as they welcome the Kootenay Ice for the final of seven meetings on the year. Kootenay had won five of the previous six going into the game and the Ice picked up another win earning a 6-3 win at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes were without Tyler Wong and Kord Pankewicz who were both serving suspensions. Wong serving the only game he was suspended, Pankewicz the first of a two game suspension.
The Hurricanes started well in the first period as they would strike first just 4:06 into the hockey game as Jamal Watson tipped home a Brady Reagan point shot for his 25th goal of the year – Ryley Lindgren picked up the second assist. The goal for the ‘Canes was their first shot of the game. Jayden Sittler was superb early on stopping Sam Reinhart a pair of times in the first, however, the Ice solved Sittler at the 8:38 mark as Zak Zborosky banged home a puck out of the air to tie the game 1-1. Shots in the first favoured Kootenay 12-4.
Sittler picked up where he left off early in the second period before Kootenay broke things open. The Ice took their first lead of the game when Jaedon Descheneau scored his first of two goals in the period at the 7:37 mark on a rebound to make it 2-1. Just 1:20 later, Ryan Chynoweth on a two-on-one looked off Reinhart before ripping one over the blocker of Sittler to make it 3-1. At the 13:01 mark, Zborosky scored his second of the game on a breakaway beating Sittler low. Descheneau made it 5-1 with 3:25 to go in the period as he snapped home his second of the period. Shots in the middle frame were tied 11-11.
Down by four heading into the third, the ‘Canes came out early with some jump and cut into the lead making it a 5-2 Kootenay lead as Pavel Skumatov snapped an 18-game goalless drought jamming home his sixth goal of the season – the assists went to Giorgo Estephan and Brett Davis who earned his first WHL points on the play. The ‘Canes got within two as Reagan jumped up into the rush and buried his first as a ‘Cane ending a 60-game goalless drought to make it 5-3 – Florian Baltram and Ryan Vandervlis picked up the helpers on the play. After a strong penalty kill by the ‘Canes, Tim Bozon snapped one by Sittler to make it 6-3 and that was the final.
Shots in the third period favoured the Hurricanes 6-4 in the third period and 27-21 overall. Hurricanes went 0/2 on the power play, Ice went 1/4.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Ice – #22 Zak Zborosky – (2 goals, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #28 Brady Reagan – (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Ice – #14 Jaedon Descheneau – (2 goals, 1 assist)
The Hurricanes will play their final home game of the season on Friday night when they welcome the Swift Current Broncos to the ENMAX Centre in the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home with the Broncos to conclude the season. Friday will also be awards night and “jerseys of our back” night