Lethbridge Hurricanes (4-2-0-0) vs. Medicine Hat Tigers (2-3-1-0)
Seven different goal scorers lit the lamp in the win for the ‘Canes while Jayden Sittler made 23 saves for his first shutout as a Hurricane. Brayden Burke picked up four assists while Giorgio Estephan, Tyler Wong, Justin Gutierrez and Andrew Nielsen all had multiple point games.
The ‘Canes started things off with a bang and took an early lead just 7:28 into the hockey game as Ryley Lindgren tipped home his second goal of the year on a power play to give the ‘Canes an early 1-0 lead – Estephan and Burke picked up the assists. With less than a minute remaining in the period, Wong bust in and scored on a breakaway adding his league-leading eighth goal of the season to make it 2-0 after one period; the Hurricanes outshot the Tigers 11-2 in the first period.
The Hurricanes exploded for four goals in the second period. First Gutierrez bust in on a breakaway and beat Johnson just 1:27 into the period to make it 3-0. Nielsen added a power play goal at 10:43 before a shorthanded goal by Carter Folk make it a 5-0 game. Estephan potted his second of the season with 2:14 left in the second as the ‘Canes led the game 6-0 after forty minutes of play.
Egor Babenko sniped one high passed Nick Schneider, who relieved Evan Johnson after the third Hurricanes goal, just 15 seconds into the third period from the short side to make it a 7-0 game. The Hurricanes didn’t add any more goals in the game as they skated to a 7-0 win.
The Hurricanes outshot the Tigers 28-23 in the game and went 2/8 on the power play while the Medicine Hat went 0/7 on the night.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – (4 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #33 Jayden Sittler – (23 saves, first shutout as a Hurricane)
The ‘Canes improved to 4-2-0-0 to start the new campaign and sit second in the Central Division just two points shy of the Calgary Hitmen. With the four assists, Burke currently sits first in helpers in the WHL and is tied for most points in the WHL.
The Hurricanes are next in action on Wednesday night when they host the Regina Pats at the ENMAX Centre.