The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a three-game US Division road trip on Friday night in Seattle against the Thunderbirds with a 4-3 loss.
The Hurricanes looked for a better start than what they had on Wednesday against Kootenay but they didn’t get it. The ‘Canes surrendered an early goal just 1:35 into the hockey game as Alexander True sent a shot low along the ice that beat Stuart Skinner five-hole to make it 1-0 early for Seattle. The Hurricanes tied the game at the 11:02 mark as newcomer Ryan Bowen scored his first in a ‘Canes uniform to tie the game 1-1 – Giorgio Estephan and Colton Kroeker picked up the assists. The tie was short-lived, however, as the T-birds jumped back ahead as Scott Eansor scored his ninth of the season just 21 seconds later. Seattle held the shot department 14-4 in the first period and led 2-1 after twenty minutes of play.
The teams traded goals in the second period. The Thunderbirds made it a 3-1 game as True scored his second of the night at the 8:57 mark jamming home a rebound on a power play. The Hurricanes responded just 43 seconds later as Brady Reagan let a point shot go that bounced off Tyler Wong and in passed T-birds goalie Rylan Toth to make it 3-2 – Ryan Vandervlis earned the second assist on the goal. The ‘Canes were outshot 12-7 in the second period and 26-11 through two periods.
The Hurricanes received an early power play in the third period as Eansor got called for a tripping penalty. On the ensuing man advantage, the Hurricanes tied the game as Jordy Bellerive snapped one by Toth to make it 3-3 – Brennan Menell and Wong earned the assist on the goal. The tie was again short-lived as just 1:27 later, the T-Birds struck again as True netted his third of the game to put Seattle up 4-3 at the 3:13 mark. The ‘Canes attempted a come-back but couldn’t solve Toth en route to the loss.
The Hurricanes were outshot 13-10 in the third period and 39-21 in the game. The ‘Canes were 1/4 on the power play while the Thunderbirds went 1/5 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) T-Birds – #16 Alexander True – 3 goals
2) T-Birds – #18 Sami Moilanen – 1 assist
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – 35 saves
The Hurricanes have now lost five straight games for the second time this season and drop to 7-11-1-2 on the season and 2-6-0-2 on the road. The ‘Canes will continue their three game road trip on Saturday night as they visit the Everett Silvertips at 8:00pm Mountain Time.
(Photo Credit: Seattle Thunderbirds)