Lethbridge Hurricanes (37-15-0-0) vs. Moose Jaw Warriors (25-21-6-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned home on Country Night at the ENMAX Centre in hopes of halting their three game losing streak and they did just that with a 5-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors in front of 4,331 fans.
The Hurricanes once again received a stellar performance from Stuart Skinner in goal to steered aside 19 of 20 Moose Jaw shots to earn his 20th victory of the season. Cory Millette and Ryan Vandervlis each scored twice while Brayden Burke added the other in the win.
It was a good start for the Hurricanes who had some jump early in the game despite only registering one shot through the first six minutes. The ‘Canes eventually broke through on their numerous amount of chances as Vandervlis tipped home a Brady Reagan point shot by Brody Willms to make it 1-0 with just 1:25 left in the period – Jordy Bellerive picked up the second assist as the ‘Canes led at the first break. Lethbridge outshot Moose Jaw 7-5 in the opening period.
The teams traded goals in the second period. Moose Jaw equalized just 46 seconds into the second stanza as Brayden Point redirected a point shot up and over the shoulder of Skinner to tie the game at 1-1. ‘Canes continued to carry the play however and would eventually be rewarded for it as Millette banked one in off Willms from behind the goal line to make it 2-1 after two periods. ‘Canes held the edge in shots 15-8 in the second period.
Millette added insurance early in the third as he banged home a loose puck in the crease and just over the goal line for his second of the night and 24th of the season, tying a career-high, just 21 seconds into the final frame to make it 3-1. With just under four minutes left in the game, Moose Jaw pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and Burke put home an empty netter with 2:15 left in the game. Vandervlis added a fifth goal with just 1:23 left as he beat Willms on a rush in on the left side to make it a 5-1 lead for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes outshot the Warriors 9-7 in the final period and 31-20 overall in the game. The Hurricanes went 0/2 on the power play while Moose Jaw was held to 0/4.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #10 Cory Millette – (2 goals, including game winner)
2) ‘Canes – #27 Carter Folk – (2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #29 Ben Duperreault
The Hurricanes snap a three-game skid and improve their record to 23-3-0-0 on home ice and 37-15-0-0 overall. The win also leapfrogs the Kelowna Rockets as the ‘Canes retake sole possession of first overall in the Western Hockey League.
The ‘Canes are back in action Saturday night when they travel to take on the Kootenay Ice at Western Financial Place, game time is 7:00pm.