Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played their lone home game in a span of eight games in eight different cities as they welcomed Kailer Yamamoto and the Spokane Chiefs in hopes of snapping a four game losing streak, but it was the Chiefs that earned a 6-3 victory.
It was a good start for the Hurricanes as Jake Elmer opened the scoring 6:45 into the game on a beautiful shot over the glove of Chiefs goaltender Dawson Weatherill to make it 1-0 Lethbridge; Ty Prefontaine picked up the lone assist on the goal. Spokane answered back just 44 seconds later as Tyson Helgesen scored his second of the season to tie the game 1-1; Yamamoto earned an assist on the goal. Yamamoto wasn’t finished there as he assisted on the go-ahead goal by Jaret Anderson-Dolan at the 14:52 mark on the power play to put the Chiefs up 2-1. Yamamoto then netted his first of the season shorthanded to make it 3-1 Spokane after one period of play.
The Chiefs added to their lead in the second period as Ethan McIndoe scored his fourth of the season on a great three-way passing play as he made it 4-1 Spokane. The ‘Canes cut into the deficit as Giorgio Estephan potted his seventh of the season at the 14:04 mark pulling the Hurricanes back within two goals; Calen Addison and Jordy Bellerive picked up the assists. The assist for Bellerive extended his point scoring streak to 11 straight games. Before the period was out, however, Ty Smith scored his third of the year with 33 seconds left to make it 5-2 Spokane after two period.
The Hurricanes scored early in the third period as Ryan Vandervlis snuck one by Dawson Weatherill just 4:17 into the period to make it a 5-3 game; Estephan and Addison picked up the assists. The ‘Canes had a glorious chance to draw within one as Elmer was assessed a penalty shot but failed to beat the Spokane goaltender. Zach Fischer rounded out the scoring with 1:38 left in the game outwaiting Stuart Skinner to make it a 6-3 final.
The ‘Canes had a very strong third period outshooting the Chiefs 14-5. Hurricanes held the edge in shots 36-33 in the game. Lethbridge went 1/8 on the power play while Spokane was 1/3.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Chiefs – #17 Kailer Yamamoto (1 goal, 3 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Chiefs – #29 Eli Zummack (2 assists)
The ‘Canes have now lost five straight games, the last three by 6-3 scores. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 7-9-1-0 on the season.
The ‘Canes kick off a six game road trip on Saturday when they travel to Swift Current to take on the Broncos before heading west for five games in British Columbia starting next Friday in Kelowna.
(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)