Lethbridge Hurricanes (36-15-0-0) vs. Kelowna Rockets (35-13-3-0)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a three game road trip on Tuesday night in Kelowna in a first place showdown, but like the first two games, the Hurricanes didn’t come out on top dropping a 2-1 decision to the Rockets.
The Hurricanes played a much better game on Tuesday than on the weekend, but a great game by Rockets’ netminder Michael Herringer saw the Hurricanes only muster one goal despite great chances throughout the game.
The Rockets opened the scoring on a sloppy line change by the Hurricanes. Tomas Soustal received a pass from Rodney Southam and on a two-on-one Soustal who rifle it over the glove of ‘Canes goalie Stuart Skinner to make it 1-0 just 7:40 into the hockey game. The Hurricanes played a strong first period, but were outshot 11-10 in the opening twenty minutes. It was the first time in ten periods that the ‘Canes reached double digits in shots on goal.
Neither team lit the lamp in what was a stingy second period. Both teams had chances to score, but Herringer and Skinner were sharp. Shots were even at 8-8 in the second period.
In the third period, another sloppy line change by the Hurricanes resulted in a breakaway for Soustal who made a move and slipped one through the legs of Skinner to make it 2-0 just 2:56 into the last stanza. Just 2:33 later, the ‘Canes finally cracked Herringer as Jordy Bellerive scored his fourth of the season with a back-hander that went off the post and in to make it 2-1. The ‘Canes pressed the rest of the period to try and manufacture a game-tying goal but despite some great chances the Hurricanes couldn’t break through again falling 2-1 to the Rockets.
The Hurricanes outshot the Rockets 13-10 in the third period and 31-29 overall in the game. Both Lethbridge and Kelowna were 0/2 on the power play.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Rockets – #30 Michael Herringer – (30 saves)
2) Rockets – #15 Tomas Soustal – (2 goals, game winner)
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (27 saves)
The Hurricanes failed to register a point on a three game BC Division road trip going 0-3-0-0. The Hurricanes, who will not play any more games against the BC Division, the ‘Canes posted a 3-8-0-0 record against the BC Division this season.
The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 36-15-0-0 on the season. Lethbridge remains first overall in the Eastern Conference, but surrender first overall in the WHL to the Rockets who improved to 73 points with the win to the Hurricanes 72.
The ‘Canes are next in action on Friday night when they welcome the Moose Jaw Warriors at the ENMAX Centre on Country Night!