Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-3-0-0) vs. Kamloops Blazers (5-8-0-0)
There is an old adage that says “all good things must come to an end,” and that sentiment rang true for the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday night as the team saw their longest winning streak since 2007 come to end as they had their eight game win streak snapped by dropping a 7-3 decision to the Kamloops Blazers.
The Blazers scored early, and often, in the game scoring four goals in the first period while adding three more in the second period en route to their fifth victory in their last seven games. Giorgio Estephan scored twice while Ryley Lindgren added the other in the defeat.
It took just 33 seconds for Kamloops to get on the board as Jesse Zaharichuk beat Stuart Skinner high over the glove side on a two-on-one to make it 1-0 early. Estephan equalized the game with a power play goal at the 8:59 mark – assists went to Brayden Burke and Andrew Nielsen picked up the assists. However, the tie game was short-lived as just 45 seconds later Quinn Benjafield scored on another odd-man rush to thrust Kamloops back into the lead. At the 13:12 mark, the Blazers added another as Matt Revel scored before Garrett Pilon made it 4-1 just 1:10 later. Estephan struck again to cut the lead in half as he scored his second of the period to make it 4-2 – Burke and Tyler Wong added the assists. Hurricanes were outshot 16-6 in the opening period.
Kamloops came out flying in the second period outshooting the ‘Canes 14-3 in the middle frame and just 1:29 into the period Collin Shirley was sprung on a breakaway and made no mistake beating Skinner five-hole to make it a 5-2 Blazer lead. They made it 6-2 as Nick Chyzowski scored a power play goal that made it 6-2 and spelled the end of the night for Skinner who was replaced by Jayden Sittler. Sittler stopped 13 of 14 shots he faced in the game, but surrendered a goal by Gage Quinney at the 13:56 mark of the second period to make it a 7-2 Kamloops lead after forty minutes.
The Hurricanes played their best period of the game, but it was too little too late. The ‘Canes scored the lone goal of the period as Ryley Lindgren tipped home his ninth of the season – matching a career high – as Jaeger White fed a beautiful cross-ice pass to make it 7-3. The Hurricanes outshot the Blazers 12-8 in the third period but did not get the result they wanted.
The ‘Canes were outshot for the fourth straight games 38-21. Lethbridge went 1/3 on the power play while the Blazers went 1/4.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Blazers – #7 Gage Quinney – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) Blazers – #15 Collin Shirley – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) Blazers – #10 Matt Revel – (1 goal, 2 assists)
With the loss, the Hurricanes remain winless in Kamloops since March 4th, 2011 and have not defeated the Blazers since 2012. The Hurricanes are back in action on Saturday when they play game five of their season-long six game road trip when they visit the Kelowna Rockets at 8:00pm MT.