CRANBROOK, B.C. - Four quick goals in the first period helped the Kootenay ICE to a lop-sided 7-1 win over the Hurricanes Saturday night, in the final regular season game for both hockey clubs.
The Kootenay ICE would open the scoring with three quick goals before the game was even 8 minutes old. First off it was James Martin who wired a point shot on a power play, beating Dylan Tait to make it 1-0 Kootenay. 61 seconds later, Cody Eakin fired a shot that beat Tait on the glove hand side to put the ICE ahead 2-0. Kootenay would score once more a few seconds later. Joe Antilla jammed the bouncing puck by Tait to give the ICE a big 3-0 lead. That would be three goals in 1:19 for Kootenay. They weren't done there. Just over two minutes after that Cody Eakin scored his second of the night on a two-on-one rush to make it 4-0 for the home team. That would be it for Dylan Tait in goal. He was pulled after giving up four goals on 8 shots. The Hurricanes would get one of those back before the period would end. Brody Sutter, who continues to have a great season despite missing half the year with injury, scored his 18th to cut the ICE lead to 4-1 after 20 minutes of play. The ICE out shot Lethbridge 10-6.
In the second, the ICE would jump ahead 5-1. Kevin King knocked the puck by Brandon Anderson after a mad scramble in front of the Lethbridge goal. That helped Kootenay regain it's four-goal lead. Kootenay continued to roll and would add two more. Matt Fraser scored another one on a power play to make the score 6-1. Just over a minute after that, the ICE would make it 7-1. Brandon Anderson went to poke-check the puck away from Brendan Hurley, it went off the Kootenay forward and into the goal. It was just that kind of night for Lethbridge. That's the way the period would end. Kootenay out shot the Hurricanes 27-14 through two periods of play.
In the third, no offence to talk about. The ICE out shot Lethbridge 11-8 in the final frame and that game would end 7-1 for Kootenay. Overall, Kootenay held the edge in shot 38-22. The power plays looked like this: Kootenay ICE 2 for 4 and Lethbridge Hurricanes 0 for 3.
Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston told me last night that Brandon Anderson will be heading out Monday to hook up with the Hershey Bears, the A.H.L. affiliate of the Washington Capitals. The Caps signed Anderson to an entry-level contract prior to this W.H.L. season. The Bears sit second in the A.H.L's Eastern Conference
THE NUMBERS: SEASON AT A GLANCE
The Hurricanes finish the 2010-2011 season with a record of 23-36-5-8 for a total of 59 points. Contrast that with last season when the Canes' also missed the post-season. 20-44-5-3 for 48 points. In terms of victories, just three more this season than last and an overall increase of 11 points. The hockey team's attention will soon turn to the 2011 W.H.L. Bantam draft in early May. They will have two first-round picks, both in the top four. One will be their own and the other will be from Regina through the Carter Ashton trade from last season. Lethbridge will have four picks in the top 30.
Fred and I would like to thank all our listeners who've tuned into the radio broadcasts throughout the course of this season as well as the Monday night radio show. It's been a slice. Too bad things have to end early again and here's hoping for a big improvement come September when this team hits the ice for the 2011-2012 season. This is why we do what we do. Hopefully you've enjoyed the content here on the blog as well. That's exactly why I decided to to start this thing a couple of years ago, so the fans of this team would have another avenue to get Hurricanes information and see what other fans have to say. Have a great spring and summer. Of course any Canes' news that takes place over the next few months leading up to next season I will post up as well. As mentioned, a lot of eyes will be on the Bantam draft.
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