Cranbrook, BC – The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a three-game road trip on Monday afternoon in Cranbrook with a 5-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice at Western Financial Place.
The Hurricanes re-inserted 16-year-old forward Dylan Cozens into the line-up on Monday. Cozens had been sidelined for the last nine games with an upper-body injury.
It was a fast-paced first period that saw Kootenay jump out on the early shot-lead having outshot the Hurricanes 5-2 early in the game. The ‘Canes found their legs and were able to push the pace and start to generate some scoring chances. Egor Zudilov had a glorious opportunity mid-way through the period but he shot the puck wide of the net as the game was scoreless after twenty minutes. The ‘Canes outshot the Ice 10-6 in the first period.
The ‘Canes had a power play chance to start the second period but failed to capitalize with the extra man. The teams traded chances in the period, including a three-on-one opportunity for the Ice but Logan Flodell made a miraculous save on Gilian Kohler to keep the game scoreless. Shortly after the Flodell save, Koletrane Wilson potted his third goal of the season with a point-shot to make it 1-0 Lethbridge; Matthew Stanley and Egor Zudilov earned the assists. It didn’t take long for the Ice to respond to tie the game as Cozens was issued a double-minor for high-sticking and Alec Baer would pot his team-leading 24th of the season to draw the game even 1-1 after forty minutes of play. The ‘Canes outshot the Ice 16-14 in the second period.
The Hurricanes were assessed a cross-checking penalty early in the third period as Igor Merezhko was sent off. On the ensuing power play, the Ice would pull ahead as Colton Veloso banged home his 19th of the year to make it a 2-1 Kootenay lead. Lethbridge equalized as Brad Morrison followed up and snapped home his 19th of the year; Jordy Bellerive and Calen Addison picked up the helpers. Morrison scored again just under eight minutes later as he snapped home his 20th of the season to make it 3-2 Lethbridge. Just 19 seconds later, Jake Elmer ripped home his 15th of the year to quickly make it a 4-2 advantage for the Hurricanes. Bellerive rounded out the scoring potting his 38th of the season into the empty-net to make it a 5-2 final.
The Hurricanes outshot the Ice 13-8 in the third period and 39-28 in the game. Lethbridge went 0/5 on the power play while they were 3/5 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #19 Brad Morrison (2 goals, 1 assist)
2) Ice – #8 Alec Baer (1 goal)
3) ‘Canes – #15 Jordy Bellerive (1 goal, 2 assists)
The win for the Hurricanes snaps a two-game losing streak and improves their record to 26-23-6-0 on the season. It was also the 114th career victory for Brent Kisio who surpasses Mike Dyck for third all-time on the Hurricanes franchise coaching wins list.
The Hurricanes will return home on Tuesday to welcome the Tri-City Americans in their only meeting this season at 7:00pm. Tickets for the game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.