The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a busy stretch on Wednesday night as they played host to the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre and earned a 5-1 victory for their fifth straight win.
The Hurricanes came out flying once again and jumped on the scoreboard first. The ‘Canes struck 6:10 into the period as Calen Addison stepped up and ripped home his fourth of the season beating Ian Scott high glove side to make it 1-0 – Tanner Nagel earned his first WHL assist on the goal while Brett Davis picked up the second helper in his return to the lineup. The ‘Canes had multiple chances to build on their lead but couldn’t solve Scott as the period ended with the Hurricanes up 1-0. Lethbridge outshot Prince Albert 12-7 in the opening period.
The Raiders had a strong start to the second period but could not beat Skinner to get on the board. The Hurricanes picked their game up midway through the period and struck twice in a span of 2:13. First, Tyler Wong scored his team-leading 17th of the season at the 13:13 mark to make it 2-0 – Giorgio Estephan and Colton Kroeker picked up the helpers. Estephan made it 3-0 on a slot shot that tipped off a Raider d-man. Hurricanes outshot the Raiders 16-13 in the middle frame.
In the third period, the Hurricanes added two more while the Raiders broke the shutout bid of Skinner. Estephan scored his second of the game on the power play just 25 seconds into the period with Austin Glover in the box as the Hurricanes led 4-0 – Addison and Ryley Lindgren picked up the assists on the play. The Hurricanes surrendered a shorthanded goal as Sean Montgomery potted his seventh on a turnover to make it 4-1 but the ‘Canes made it a four goal spread again as Lindgren scored his 11th of the season with 4:30 left in the game to make it a 5-1 final.
The Hurricanes outshot the Raiders 13-5 in the third period and 41-25 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 1/4 on the power play while Prince Albert was 0/3 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – 2 goals, 1 assist
2) ‘Canes – #2 Calen Addison – 1 goal, 1 assist
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – 24 saves
The Hurricanes have now won five straight games and improved their record to 12-11-1-2 on the season.
The Hurricanes will return to action on Friday when they welcome the Red Deer Rebels in the 21st Annual Canadian Tire Toque and Teddy Toss. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.