Hurricanes Get By Broncos

kroeker-broncosThe Lethbridge Hurricanes returned home on Friday night as they welcomed the Swift Current Broncos at the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes extended their win streak to three games with a 4-3 win over the Broncos.

The Hurricanes came out flying in the opening twenty minutes carrying over what they built on their US Division road trip as the ‘Canes peppered the Broncos with 22 shots in the first period while the Broncos had just seven. The Hurricanes struck first with a power play goal by Colton Kroeker just 2:42 into the hockey game – Brennan Menell and Kord Pankewicz picked up the helpers. The ‘Canes made it 2-0 just under three minutes later as Ryley Lindgren scored his 10th of the year – Ty Prefontaine picked up his first point as a ‘Canes while Pankewicz added the second helper. Broncos cut into the lead as Tyler Steenbergen netted a power play goal before Egor Babenko snapped a 12-game goalless drought with his sixth of the year making it 3-1. Late in the period, another power play goal for the Broncos got them back within one as Ryan Graham redirected a Max Lajoie point shot by Stuart Skinner as the period ended with the Hurricanes in front 3-2.

The ‘Canes continued the strong play early in the second period. Babenko was sprung on a breakaway before being taken down resulting in a penalty shot just 1:52 into the period but Babenko failed to score as the game stayed 3-2 Lethbridge. Just under three minutes later the Broncos tied the game as Graham added his second goal of the night making it 3-3. The Hurricanes outshot the Broncos 11-8 in the second period.

In the third period, the two teams traded chances. The best look was an opportunity for Igor Merezhko on the doorstep who appeared to have been robbed by Taz Burman but on a video replay the puck appeared to be in the net. However, on a video review, the goal was disallowed. The Hockey-Gods would make things even however as Jordy Bellerive scored late with a 1:33 left in the game to make it 4-3 as the ‘Canes would go on to the victory.

Shots were tied 10-10 in the third period, but the Hurricanes held the edge 43-25 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 1/7 on the power play while the Broncos were 2/4.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Broncos – #23 Ryan Graham – 2 goals, 1 assist
2) ‘Canes – #16 Ryley Lindgren – 1 goal, 1 assist
3) Broncos – #30 Taz Burman – 31 saves

The Hurricanes have now won three straight games to improve their record to 10-11-1-2 on the season. The ‘Canes will be back in action on Saturday at 2:00pm as they travel to Calgary to take on the Hitmen at Scotiabank Saddledome.

(Photo Credit: Tyler Barrett)


One thought on “Hurricanes Get By Broncos

  1. Merezhko got robbed of his first WHL goal and game winner in this game by the *$&#(ng Pierogi hating morons that reviewed that GOAL. Go ahead and show anyone (having at least half a functioning brain) that over-the-net-cam replay, and they will come to the same decision – The puck must be across the line. No, you cannot see it, but as human adults (or even primates), you should be able to conclude that it is impossible for it to be anywhere else (Too bad they can’t find anyone with at least half a brain or a primate with means of transportation to attend WHL games and review plays for the league).

    Every player and coach on both teams knew it was a goal when they saw the replay for the first time. Swifty’s coaches were just hopeful that the boneheads referred to as WHL officials would have their nostrils filled with the same glue as usual. – Which, they did.

    The ONLY “possible” way that the puck did not cross the goal line was if it momentarily turned invisible while flying through the air above the crease, changed its flight course, then stuck to the tender’s wrist, then reappeared and was transferred to the tender’s trapper after he removed it from behind the goal line (instead of being caught in the trapper which was completely inside the net and across the goal line hence a goal).

    WHY BOTHER HAVING A REVIEW IF YOU GO AHEAD AND MAKE A PHYSICS and LOGIC-DEFYING MORONIC DECISION, DIRECTOR OF WHL OFFICIALS?!! It just makes your officials look even MORE incompetent than they already are…. twice!

    Give yourselves a $1000 fine for this one! *$&#tards!!


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