Swift Current, SK – The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a six game road trip on Saturday in Swift Current against the high-flying Broncos in hopes of snapping a five-game losing streak but it was the Broncos who earned a 6-0 victory.
The Broncos game out flying to open the game scoring on their first shift as Aleksi Heponiemi redirected a pass from Tyler Steenbergen by ‘Canes starter Reece Klassen just 12 seconds into the game to make it 1-0 Swift Current. The Broncos top line continued to do damage with a five-on-three power play late in the period scoring twice 22 seconds apart. First, Steenbergen snapped home his league-leading 25th goal of the year at the 15:01 mark before Glenn Gawdin snapped home his 13th of the season to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead after twenty minutes of play. The shots favoured the Broncos 10-8 in the first period.
Swift Current added to their lead in the second period with another power play goal by Gawdin who jammed home his second of the night to make it 4-0 just 4:12 into the middle stanza. Steenbergen hit the crossbar on the first shot but Gawdin was able to bang it passed Klassen. The ‘Canes had a pair of chances with the power play themselves in the back-half of the period but failed to beat Broncos netminder Logan Flodell. Shots favoured Swift Current 9-8 in the middle frame.
The Hurricanes were the much better team in the third period outshooting the Broncos 20-5 in the period but were unable to solve Flodell who would pitch a 36-save shutout for this third of the year. The Broncos added a pair of goals in the last period, both early. At the 1:18 mark Kaden Elder potted his fifth of the season before Steenbergen scored his second of the night, and 26th of the year to make it a 6-0 final.
The ‘Canes outshot the Broncos 36-24 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 0/3 on the power play in the game while the Broncos were 3/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Broncos – #17 Tyler Steenbergen (2 goals, 2 assists)
2) Broncos – #31 Logan Flodell (36 saves, shutout)
3) Broncos – #20 Aleksi Heponiemi (1 goal, 3 assists)
The loss for the Hurricanes was their sixth straight defeat and drops their overall record to 7-10-1-0 on the season. The ‘Canes road record falls to 1-5-0-0 on the season.
The ‘Canes will continue their road trip next Friday as they travel to Kelowna to take on the Rockets at 8:00pm.