CRANBROOK, BC - A late third period power play goal broke a 1-1 tied and helped the Kootenay ICE to a 2-1 win over the Hurricanes Friday night.
Not the start the Hurricanes were hoping for in this game. The ICE scored just over a minute into the first period on a power play, thanks to a goal from Drew Czerwonka. The ICE hit a goal post and a crossbar in the opening 20 minutes of this game, but that would be all the scoring. Kootenay out shot Lethbridge 9-5. The Hurricanes got off to another slow styart. It took them 11 minutes to register their first shot on net.
In the second, the Canes came out with a lot more jump and found the equalizer early. Graham Hood popped home his 2nd of the year after a scramble in front of Nathan Lieuwen. That tied the game at 1-1. That would be all the offence in the second period and the two teams would head to the dressing room in a 1-1 tie. Damien Ketlo was excellent in the period, stopping all 16 shots he aced. The shots after 40 minutes favoured Kootenay 24-11.
In the third, the Hurricanes just couldn't find a way to go ahead in this game. The ICE would seal things up with a power play goal late in the period by Elgin Pearce and that would end it. The ICE would take the game 2-1. Kootenay heavily out shot the Hurricanes 41-17 in this one. The Canes went 0/3 on the power play ICE finished the night 2/4. The Hurricanes have now lost 7 consecutive games and this loss drops their record to 2-7-0-1 in 10 games this season. Damien Ketlo was the reason the Hurricanes had a chance in this game and was outstanding between the pipes.
Goaltender Brandon Anderson was a healthy scratch for the Hurricanes in Cranbrook. He provided some commentary on the radio broadcast during the game. Albin Blomqvist missed the game due to injury, but both Brody Sutter and Reid Jackson made their returns to the line-up after missing three games with injury. As for the Hurricanes current goaltending situation, Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston said in the CJOC pre-game show that " we're trying to do something pretty quick regarding that".
The Hurricanes will be back at home for their next 7 straight games over the course of three weeks. They'll play host to the Swift Current Broncos Saturday (Oct. 15). Prior to that game, the Canes will honour former Hurricanes radio broadcaster Steve "Foggy" Falwell. Game time on CJOC is 7:00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show at 6:30.
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