Lethbridge Hurricanes (20-44-5-3) vs. Swift Current Broncos (34-33-1-4)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes concluded the 2014-2015 season with a 6-2 loss in Swift Current on Saturday night in the season finale at Credit Union i-Plex.
The Hurricanes finished the season with a 20-44-5-3 record, eight wins better than the 2013/14 season. The ‘Canes, despite going 1-9-0-0 in the month of March, showed drastic improvement from the start of the season.
Swift Current, who entered needing a single point to clinched a playoff spot, came out guns-a-blazing in the first period skating to a 3-0 lead after twenty minutes. Linden Penner opened the scoring six minutes into the period on a back-hand wrap around that beat Jayden Sittler. Coda Gordon made it 2-0 on a power play strike at the 11:50 mark, before Carter Rigby redirected a Griffin Foulk point shot through Sittler’s legs to make it 3-0 Swift Current. Broncos out shot the ‘Canes 17-8 in the first period.
The Hurricanes played a much tighter second period limiting the Broncos to just ten shots, while directing seven on Landon Bow. However, it didn’t take Swift Current long to jump out to a 4-0 lead as Colby Cave beat Sittler with a bouncing puck just 34 seconds into the period. At the 5:44 mark, Bow was bumped by his own man, Johnny Wesley stole the puck and centered to Devan Fafard who made no mistake shooting it by Bow who was shuffling back in the net for his fifth of the year. Fafard, scoring his is final WHL game. Both teams had chances in the second half of the period including a Tyler Wong crossbar, but it would stay 4-1 after two periods.
Swift Current made it 5-1 as Cave scored his second of the night, and 35th of the season at the 3:29 mark on a power play. They made it 6-1 as Andreas Schumacher scored his eighth of the season. Tyler Wong got one back for the ‘Canes as he scored his 27th of the season, and 100th career WHL point to make it a 6-2 final.
Final shots in the game favoured the Broncos 36-24 on the night. ‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play, while the Broncos went 2/3.
Three stars of the game were the three twenty-year-olds for the Broncos:
1) Broncos – #10 Colby Cave – (2 goals)
2) Broncos – #28 Coda Gordon – (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Broncos – #21 Carter Rigby – (1 goal)
The Hurricanes would like to thank each and every fan this year that has supported the hockey team.