Cranbrook, BC – The Lethbridge Hurricanes completed a three-in-three weekend on Sunday with a 4-1 win in Kootenay against the Ice as they earned the weekend sweep.
The Hurricanes were on their heels early in the game as the Ice peppered Reece Klassen, who stood tall, keeping the game scoreless. The Ice outshot the Hurricanes 7-2 at the midway point of the game. The ‘Canes pushed back in the second half of the period outshooting Kootenay 10-5 the rest of the way as the shots were even 12-12 after twenty minutes. Both teams had a single power play in the opening period but failed to capitalize as the game was scoreless after one period.
The ‘Canes jumped on the board just 16 seconds into the second period as Jordy Bellerive beat Ice goaltender Duncan McGovern with a bullet to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. Less than three minutes later, the Hurricanes struck again as Ty Prefontaine let fly with a point-shot the beat McGovern glove-side to make it 2-0; Keltie Jeri-Leon and Egor Zudilov earned the assists. Calen Addison was assessed a five-minute major and game-misconduct for a checking-to-the-head penalty. On the ensuing power play, the Ice took advantage as Colton Veloso one-timed a puck by Klassen to make it 2-1. The ‘Canes were outshot 15-6 in the middle frame but they led by a single goal.
The Ice had a slew of power play opportunities in the third period in hopes of a game-tying goal; the power play’s also included a lengthy five-on-three advantage but the Ice were unable to solve Klassen who stood tall. The ‘Canes would get some insurance as Brad Morrison buried his 23rd of the season off the post and in with under two minutes left to make it 3-1. Just 20 seconds later, the Taylor Ross buried into the empty-net to make it a 4-1 final.
Shots in the third period favoured the Ice 12-6. Kootenay outshot Lethbridge 39-24 in the game. The ‘Canes went 0/1 on the power play and 4/5 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #31 Reece Klassen (38 saves)
2) Ice – #16 Colton Veloso (1 goal)
3) ‘Canes – #15 Jordy Bellerive (1 goal)
The win for the Hurricanes was their third straight and fourth in their last five games. The victory improved the ‘Canes overall record to 29-24-6-0 on the season as they now sit just one point back of the Medicine Hat Tigers for first in the Central Division.
The Hurricanes will return to action on Wednesday when they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre. Tickets for the game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.