Lethbridge Hurricanes (12-7-0-0) vs. Brandon Wheat Kings (12-6-0-2)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes lost their fifth straight road game Saturday night and fell one game below five-hundred on away from home with a 4-1 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings in Manitoba.
The Hurricanes once again played a strong road game, but could not convert when the chances were there and dropped their second game of a quick three-in-three trip as Brandon scored three goals in the third period, two by empty net, en route to the win.
It was another good start on the road for the Hurricanes, who despite being outshot 20-11 in the first period, had some great looks to score but could not beat Jordan Papirny. Jayden Sittler was outstanding in the first period for the ‘Canes making a number of difficult saves to keep the game scoreless after one period. It was the third straight game the ‘Canes have entered the second period in a scoreless game.
Early in the second period, the Hurricanes made good on a power play as Egor Babenko cut off the right wing wall and raised one over Papirny’s shoulder to open the scoring with his ninth goal of the season as the ‘Canes took the 1-0 lead just 2:09 into the middle stanza – Kord Pankewicz and Justin Gutierrez earned the assists. However, the lead was short-lived as Ivan Provorov moved in from the blue line and snapped one over the shoulder of Sittler just 1:08 after the Babenko goal to tie the game at 1-1. The Hurricanes were outshot 17-8 in the middle frame, but the game entered the second in a one-all tie.
The Hurricanes played a strong third period outshooting the Wheat Kings 10-8, but one mistake cost them the game. While on a power play, Pankewicz tried to make a move at the blue line and was poke-checked losing the puck resulting in a two-on-one and Reid Duke scored a shorthanded goal for the eventual game winner just 4:51 into the third period. The ‘Canes continued to push to tie the game and again had golden opportunities but could not solve Papirny as Brandon potted two empty net goals en route to a 4-1 victory.
The Hurricanes were outshot 45-29 on the night, the most shots allowed this season. The ‘Canes went 1/4 on the power play, Brandon was 0/6.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Wheat Kings – #33 Jordan Papirny – (28 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #33 Jayden Sittler – (41 saves)
3) Wheat Kings – #8 Jayce Hawryluk – (1 assist)
The Hurricanes will wrap up a three-game, three-day road trip Sunday afternoon when they face the Regina Pats at 3:00pm mountain time.