Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a three-game homestand on Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes peppered Broncos netminder – and former Lethbridge goaltender – Reece Klassen with 16 shots in the opening period. The ‘Canes held the time-on-attack and had a few good chances to open the scoring with a pair of goal-posts by Chase Wheatcroft and Noah Boyko but the game was scoreless after one period.
It didn’t take long for the Hurricanes to get on the board in the second period as D-Jay Jerome scored a highlight-reel goal at the 3:27 mark to make it 1-0; Oliver Okuliar and Ty Prefontaine earned the assists on the goal. Lethbridge added to their lead when Logan Barlage finished off a beautiful rush by Alex Cotton to make it 2-0; for Cotton – the assist adds to his WHL lead for points by a defenseman with 19 points in 19 games. Before the period was out, Jerome added his second of the period beating Klassen on a wrist-shot off the rush for his eighth goal of the year. Carl Tetachuk stood tall stopping all eight Swift Current shots in the period while the ‘Canes had 15 on goal.
The teams traded goals in the third period as the Broncos snapped a 216:43 goal drought at the 1:56 mark when Matthew Culling scored his second of the second beating Tetachuk off a face-off to make it 3-1. The ‘Canes restored their three-goal lead when Dylan Cozens ripped home his 12th goal of the season to make it a 4-1 game; Jerome and Calen Addison earned the assists on the goal.
The Hurricanes outshot the Broncos 42-21 in the contest. Lethbridge went 0/2 on the power play while Swift Current went 0/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #16 D-Jay Jerome (2 goals, 1 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #8 Oliver Okuliar (2 assists)
3) Broncos – #30 Reece Klassen (38 saves)
The win for the Hurricanes extended their point streak to 11-consecutive games having posted a 9-0-0-2 record in that span. The ‘Canes improve to 12-4-0-3 on the season and 5-2-0-2 on home ice this season.
The victory for Brent Kisio was his 169th coaching victory as he surpasses Bob Loucks for second all-time in Hurricanes franchise history in coaching wins. Kisio sits just 19 back of all-time leader Bryan Maxwell with 188 wins.
The Hurricanes continue their three-game homestand on Friday with a big Central Division clash against the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.