Lethbridge Hurricanes (2-2-0-0) vs. Swift Current Broncos (1-3-0-0)
The line of Cory Millette, Justin Gutierrez and Egor Babenko lead the way offensively for the ‘Canes combining for nine points, Millette posting a four-point night himself as he potted his first two goals of the pre-season while adding a pair of assists. Gutierrez had a two-goal, one assist night while Babenko notched in one of each.
The Hurricanes scored a pair of goals in each of the periods. The ‘Canes opened the scoring as Brandon Kennedy beat Broncos starter Caiden Kreitz for his second of the pre-season to make it 1-0 at the 13:10 mark. Just two minutes later, the ‘Canes added a power play goal when Babenko made it 2-0 – the lone assist going to Millette. Before the period was out, however, Scott Feser beat Stuart Skinner while shorthanded to cut the lead to one going into the first break. Hurricanes outshot the Broncos 13-11 in the opening period.
The second period belonged to Cory Millette as the ‘Canes overager scored both the goals. First, at the 2:02 mark, Millette scored his first of the pre-season unassisted to restore the Hurricanes two goal lead, making it 3-1. He would add another with just under five minutes left in the period to give Lethbridge a 4-1 lead after forty minutes – Babenko picked up the lone assist on Millette’s second of the night.
In the third, it was the Justin Gutierrez show. The overage forward scored his first of the pre-season as he beat Kreitz to make it 5-1 just 1:17 into the period on a feed from Millette. Gutierrez would snipe home his second of the night and third period 12:34 into the third – Brayden Burke and Tyler Wong picked up the assists to make it a big 6-1 lead for the Hurricanes. Calvin Spencer beat Skinner with four minutes left in the third on a power play to chip into the lead making it 6-2 and that was how the game would end.
It is the second time the ‘Canes have scored six goals in a game in the pre-season who beat the Kootenay Ice by a 6-1 margin last Tuesday. For the third time in the pre-season, the Hurricanes outshot their opponent directing 35 shots on net while Stuart Skinner turned all but two of 33 shots he faced in sixty minutes of work.
The Hurricanes will wrap up the ENMAX Pre-Season with games on Thursday and Friday in Crowsnest Pass against the Ice and Calgary Hitmen respectively.
The ‘Canes will kick off the 2015-2016 regular season on Friday, September 25th when they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre in the Dairy Queen Home Opener. Individual game tickets are available by calling 403-329-SEAT.