Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a busy weekend as they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre in the first of a three-in-three and the ‘Canes kept rolling with a 4-2 victory.
Hurricanes Captain Tyler Wong dressed in his 300th Western Hockey League game. Wong became just the fifth ‘Cane in franchise history to suit up in 300 games with the Lethbridge organization joining Bryce Salvador (308), Scott Borders (320), Cam Braes (320) and Shane Peacock (336) as the others.
It was a slow going first period with a lot of whistles the tempered the flow and pace. The Hurricanes, who battled the flu bug, had the best chances of the first period. Alec Baer opened the scoring at the 14:30 mark snapping a five game pointless drought with a beautiful shot over the blocker of Raiders goaltender Ian Scott – for Baer it was his 10th goal of the season and was scored unassisted. The Hurricanes were outshot 11-7 in the opening period.
The second period mirrored the first with the lack of flow and openness. The Hurricanes were handed their first power play of the game as Spencer Moe was issued an interference penalty. On the ensuing power play, the Hurricanes failed to get a good scoring chance and surrendered a shorthanded goal against as the Raiders’ Captain Tim Vanstone scored on a partial breakaway to tie the game at 1-1. The Raiders pushed hard in the second half of the period but were unable to beat Skinner to forge ahead. Prince Albert outshot the Hurricanes 17-8 in the second period and held the edge 28-15 after forty minutes.
Early in the third period the Raiders’ Vojtech Budik was hauled down on a breakaway and was issued a penalty shot. On the penalty shot, Budik hit the goal post as the game stayed tied 1-1. Just moments after that, the ‘Canes pulled ahead as Matt Alfaro netted his 15th of the season at the 4:50 mark to make it 2-1 Lethbridge – Zak Zborosky and Egor Babenko picked up the helpers. Zborosky got in on the goal scoring as he picked up his 34th of the year on a power play at with 5:18 left in the game – Jordy Bellerive and Calen Addison earned the helpers. The Raiders pulled the goalie with four minutes left and were able to claw within one as Curtis Miske cut the lead to 3-2 with 1:24 left in the game but an empty net goal by Baer rounded out the scoring helping the ‘Canes to a 4-2 win.
The Hurricanes outshot the Raiders 19-11 in the third period but Prince Albert held the edge in the game 39-34. The ‘Canes went 1/3 on the power play and 5/5 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – 37 saves
2) ‘Canes – #20 Zak Zborosky – 1 goal, 1 assist
3) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – 1 assist, career game 300
The win for the Hurricanes was their ninth consecutive and it was their 15th straight game with at least a single point as they have posted an impressive 13-0-1-1 record during the streak. The ‘Canes are now 33-15-4-3 on the season.
The Hurricanes are back in action tomorrow as they travel to Medicine Hat to face the Tigers in a first versus second showdown in the Central Division. The Hurricanes are 3-1-0-0 this season against Med Hat.
(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)