Kamloops, BC – The Lethbridge Hurricanes were handed their eighth straight loss as they fell 5-2 in Kamloops to the Blazers on Saturday night at the Sandman Centre.
It was an even first period that saw the ‘Canes get outshot 7-5 in the opening frame. The ‘Canes had an early power play and generated some good looks but couldn’t solve Dylan Ferguson who played his second game since being sent back to the Blazers by the Vegas Golden Knights. Ondrej Vala, who was in the box with the ‘Canes on the power play, returned to the ice and joined a two-on-one with Garrett Pilon. Pilon took a shot that was stopped by Skinner and Vala was able to jam the rebound home for a 1-0 Blazer lead 5:28 into the game.
The Blazers doubled their lead early in the second period as Nick Chyzowski cut out of the corner and slid one by Stuart Skinner to make it 2-0 Kamloops just 4:49 into the middle frame. The ‘Canes answered at the midway point as Tanner Nagel redirected a Tate Olson point shot by Ferguson for his second of the year and first in 12 games to cut the Kamloops lead to 2-1; Egor Zudilov picked up the second assist on the goal. The ‘Canes were outshot 13-9 in the second period.
For the second straight night, the Hurricanes battled back to tie the game early in the third period as once again Jordy Bellerive buried to tie the game 2-2 2:54 into the third; Giorgio Estephan and Dylan Cozens earned the assists on the goal. The ‘Canes outshot the Blazers 9-1 in the first ten minutes of the final twenty minutes but after the media time-out the game flipped as Kamloops poured on the heat. The Blazers re-took the lead at the 15:11 mark as Brodi Stuart snapped home his fifth of the season to give Kamloops a 3-2 lead. Blazers added another with less than two minutes left in the game as Quinn Benjafield banged home a rebound before an empty-net goal by Chyzowski as the Blazers went on to a 5-2 win.
Shots in the third period favoured the Blazers 13-10 in the third period while Kamloops held the edge 30-27 in the game. The ‘Canes went 1/3 on the power play and 3/3 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Blazers – #31 Dylan Ferguson (25 saves)
2) Blazers – #22 Quinn Benjafield (1 goal, 3 assists)
3) Blazers – #16 Nick Chyzowski (2 goals)
The Hurricanes have now lost eight straight games and had their road record fall to 1-7-0-0 this season while their overall record drops to 7-12-1-0 on the season.
The ‘Canes continue their trip on Tuesday when they travel to Victoria to face the Royals at the Save-On Food Memorial Centre at 8:00pm.
(Photo Credit: Allen Douglas)