The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a three game BC Division road trip on Wednesday night in Kamloops against the Blazers and continued the momentum built on the weekend with a 2-1 overtime victory at the Sandman Centre.
It was a goaltender duel between Stuart Skinner and Connor Ingram who were both fantastic for their respective teams. The ‘Canes fell behind early but battled back eventually winning their second straight game 2-1 in the extra frame.
The Hurricanes started the first period with some jump as they also drew an early power play but were unable to beat Connor Ingram on a handful of good chances. The Hurricanes got in some penalty trouble in the middle of the period as Stuart Skinner took a delay of game penalty for not playing the puck and the Blazers struck with the man advantage as Collin Shirley sniped his seventh of the season to make it 1-0 Kamloops. The ‘Canes had some good looks, but Ingram was strong as the Blazers led after twenty minutes of play. Kamloops held the edge in shots 12-11 in the opening period.
The ‘Canes continued to push in the second period with a good start to the period. Despite some good saves by Ingram, the Hurricanes continued to put pucks on net. Eventually, they would break through as Giorgio Estephan scored his seventh of the season at the 12:26 mark to tie the game at 1-1 – Brennan Menell and Kord Pankewicz earned the assists on the goal. The goal for Estephan gives him goals in three straight games. The Hurricanes were outshot 10-9 in the middle frame as the period ended in a 1-1 draw.
In the third period, the ‘Canes took it to the Blazers early on in the period but again Ingram was rock solid. The Hurricanes had a great opportunity late in the game with a power play to end the game but a big penalty kill by the Blazers sent the game to overtime. Hurricanes had the edge in shots 9-5 in the period.
In the extra session, the Hurricanes and Blazers swapped chances in the extra session before the ‘Canes eventually struck 1:44 into the extra period as Jordy Bellerive scored his fourth of the season on a two-on-one pass from Brayden Burke to lift the ‘Canes to the victory.
The Hurricanes outshot the Blazers 32-28 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play while Kamloops was 1/5.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – 27 saves
2) Blazers – #39 Connor Ingram – 30 saves
3) ‘Canes – #15 Jordy Bellerive – 1 goal
The win for the Hurricanes was their second straight and first in Kamloops since March 11th, 2004. The Hurricanes continue their three-game trip on Friday night against the Victoria Royals at 8:00pm at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre.
(Photo Credit: Allen Douglas)