Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a three-game homestand on Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes peppered Kootenay’s goaltender Jesse Makaj in the first period with 24 shots on goal setting a new season-high for shots in a single period for the ‘Canes. Kootenay opened the scoring early in the game just 4:19 in as Connor McClennon snapped one by ‘Canes netminder Carl Tetachuk on a two-on-one to make it 1-0. The Hurricanes tied the game at the 7:13 mark as Dylan Cozens netted his 24th goal of the season to make it 1-1; Taylor Ross and Calen Addison earned the helpers on the goal. Lethbridge pulled ahead when Jordy Bellerive ripped home his 21st of the season at the 12:26 mark to extend his point-scoring streak to 11-straight games to give the ‘Canes a 2-1 lead; Ty Prefontaine and Jake Leschyshyn earned the assists on the goal. Lethbridge outshot Kootenay 24-12 in the first period.
It was a sluggish second period for both teams after the frantic first frame. The Hurricanes outshot the Ice 7-6 in the middle frame but were unable to beat Makaj. Ross had the best chance for the ‘Canes late in the period as he made a nice move to the middle before hitting a goal post with his shot. Kootenay was able to tie the game with the lone goal of the middle frame at the 12:12 mark as Jakin Smallwood had his shot deflect by Tetachuk to make it a 2-2 tie after forty minutes of play.
In the third period, the Hurricanes had countless chances to pull ahead as they held much of the zone time. The ‘Canes finally broke through and found the net as Jake Elmer netted his 19th goal of the season with 3:27 left in the game to give Lethbridge a 3-2 lead; Ross and Addison earned the helpers on the eventual game-winning goal.
Hurricanes peppered 23 more shots in the third period on Makaj for a game total of 54 as they matched a season high in shots on goal; Kootenay had 22 shots on goal. The ‘Canes went 0/1 on the power play but were 4/4 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Ice – #1 Jesse Makaj (51 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #24 Dylan Cozens (1 goal)
3) ‘Canes – #8 Taylor Ross (2 assists)
The win for the Hurricanes was their second straight victory as they improve to 13-2-2-2 in their last 19 games and 22-10-4-4 on the season.
The ‘Canes will return to the ENMAX Centre on Friday, January 11th to host the Edmonton Oil Kings before welcoming the Ice again Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.