Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-2-0-0) vs. Vancouver Giants (4-7-1-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes picked up yet another win Wednesday night when they earned a convincing 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants at the Pacific Coliseum to improve to 10-2-0-0 on the season.
Ryley Lindgren scored a pair of goals in the win while Giorgio Estephan, Tyler Wong and Cory Millette added the others. Stuart Skinner improved to 5-1-0-0 on the year making 32 saves in the win.
It didn’t take long again for the ‘Canes to get on the board as Estephan scored his fourth of the season on a rebound just 3:38 into the game – assists went to Wong and Brayden Burke. Just 1:37 later, after a massive Skinner save on a point-blank chance for newly acquired Chase Lang, the Hurricanes transitioned quickly and the Captain potted his 14th of the season as Wong beat Payton Lee five-hole to make it 2-0 – assists to Burke and Brandon Kennedy. Ryan Kubic entered the game to replace Lee, but he didn’t fare much better as Lindgren scored his first of two on the night at the 11:07 point to make it 3-0 early. Vancouver cut into the lead with 4:02 left in the period as Haydn Hopkins scored his first as a Giant to make it 3-1 after twenty minutes of play.
Neither team scored in the second period, but the Hurricanes again came out firing early in the third period. Lindgren chipped home a power play goal for his second of the night and eighth of the year to make it 4-1. Millette added to the lead 3:53 later for his second of the season – Egor Babenko and Andrew Nielsen picked up the helpers. With just 1:16 left in the game, Alec Baer beat Skinner high-glove after a perfect centering pass by Lang to make the final 5-2.
The Hurricanes were outshot for the third straight game 34-22 on the night. The ‘Canes went 1/3 on the power play while Vancouver failed to score on three chances.
Three Stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – (3 assists)
3) Giants – #11 Chase Lang – (1 assist)
The win for the Hurricanes is their eighth consecutive victory and improves their record to an impressive 10-2-0-0. It’s the first time since November of 2007 that the Hurricanes have won eight straight games. The ‘Canes have Thursday off before facing the Kamloops Blazers on Friday night at 8:00pm.