Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played their final home game of 2016 as they welcomed the Kootenay Ice at the ENMAX Centre and earned a 4-1 victory in front of over 4,000 people.
It was an even first period between the two teams. The Hurricanes struck first at the 4:36 mark as Brett Davis cut in front of the net and outwaited Payton Lee before slipping it by the outstretched goaltender to give the ‘Canes an early 1-0 lead – Ryan Vandervlis and Shaun Dosanjh picked up the assists on the goal; Davis now has four goals in his last six games. It didn’t take long however for the Ice to equalize as Matt Alfaro struck just 1:20 later to make it 1-1. Shots were tied 12-12 in the first period.
The Hurricanes had a strong second period aided by power plays. The ‘Canes outshot the Ice 12-10 in the middle frame. The ‘Canes pulled ahead on the scoreboard with a power play goal as Jordy Bellerive snapped home his 14th goal of the season at the 12:01 mark – Calen Addison and Ryan Bowen picked up the assists on the play. Another power play goal for the ‘Canes at the 16:16 mark as Davis tipped home his second of the game and fifth of the season to put the Hurricanes up 3-1 – Brennan Menell and Giorgio Estephan earned the assists on the goal as the ‘Canes had a two goal lead after forty minutes of play.
Early in the third period, the Hurricanes had a glorious opportunity to advance their lead as Colton Kroeker was set up back door by Igor Merezhko but Kroeker jammed the puck wide of the net. Just a few minutes later however Tanner Nagel would be gifted a goal after Merezhko dumped the puck in and it bounced favourably by Lee right to Nagel to scored his seventh of the season to put Lethbridge up 4-1.
Hurricanes outshot the Ice 13-8 in the third period and 37-30 overall in the game. Hurricanes went 2/4 on the power play while the Ice were 0/4 on the man advantage.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #14 Brett Davis – 2 goals
2) ‘Canes – #15 Jordy Bellerive – 1 goal
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – 29 saves
The win for the Hurricanes snapped a three game losing streak and improved their record to 12-2-2-0 in their last 16 games. The win also improves their overall record to 19-13-3-2 on the season.
The Hurricanes are back in action on Friday when they travel to take on the Medicine Hat Tigers before kicking off the New Year next week when they travel to Swift Current and Moose Jaw.
(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)