Lethbridge Hurricanes (11-5-0-0) vs. Seattle Thunderbirds (9-6-1-0)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned home after a six-game road trip Friday night and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds in front of nearly 4,000 people at the ENMAX Centre.
It was the first time in two weeks the Hurricanes played a home game after going 3-3-0-0 on their six game trip. Ryley Lindgren was one of five Hurricanes who had multiple point games – Arvin Atwal, Kord Pankewicz, Egor Babenko and Carter Folk were the others.
The Hurricanes for the fourth straight game surrendered the first goal of the game as Alexander True jumped on a puck at centre-ice before busting in on a shorthanded breakaway and deking Stuart Skinner to make it 1-0 Seattle just 2:52 into the game on a shorthanded goal – just the second shorty surrendered by the ‘Canes this year. However, the lead didn’t last long as the ‘Canes struck on the very same power play as Babenko scored his eighth of the season to tie the game 1-1. Hurricanes outshot the T-Birds 10-6 in the period.
Lindgren scored his 10th of the season on a beautiful individual effort just 55 seconds into the second period to give the ‘Canes their first lead of the game, 2-1 – Folk picked up the lone assist on the play. Former T-Birds Cory Millette scored the eventual game winner as he beat Logan Flodell with his sixth of the year – Millette now has four goals in his last three games – Lindren and Folk picked up the helpers. That was the end of the night of Flodell was who pulled in favour of Taz Burman and Seattle responded cutting the lead to one heading into the second intermission as Ryan Gropp scored his seventh of the year at the 10:21 mark – former Hurricane Jamal Watson, who made his lone return to Lethbridge after an off-season trade, as well as True picked up the assists on the play.
Another early period goal, this time by Giorgio Estephan just 1:24 into the third gave the ‘Canes some insurance as he received a pass from Brayden Burke in the corner before outwaiting Burman for his seventh of the campaign – Burke and Estephan each extending their point-scoring streak to six games. The ‘Canes added another late as Atwal dangled for a power play goal, his third, to make it the 5-2 final.
The Hurricanes outshot the Thunderbirds 32-24 in the game. The ‘Canes went 2/3 on the power play while going 3/3 on the penalty kill.
Three Stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #16 Ryley Lindgren – (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #27 Carter Folk – (2 assists)
3) T-Birds – #16 Alexander True – (1 goal, 1 assist)
The win for the Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak and improves their overall record to 11-5-0-0 on the season and 6-1-0-0 on home ice. It’s the first win over Seattle since November 13th, 2007 – a span of seven games.
The Hurricanes are back in action Saturday night when they welcome the Kootenay Ice at 7:00pm at the ENMAX Centre. Tickets are available by calling (403) 329-SEAT.
“Canes Crush Cancer” month continues with the Hurricanes raising awareness of Lung Cancer; special “Canes Crush Cancer” t-shirts will be on sale for $25.00 – all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. It will also be “Heroes Night” as the ‘Canes will be honouring the military and first responders.