LETHBRIDGE - Three first period goals lifted the Kootenay ICE over the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-2 Monday night, handing the Canes their 9th loss in a row.
The Hurricanes got off to an early start in this game. Reid Duke, who the Canes called up for this game banged away out front of the Kootenay goal and Craig Leverton hammered it home by Nathan Lieuwen for his first in the WHL to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. A few minutes later though the ICE tied things up on a bad defensive giveaway by the Canes in their own end. Jaedon Descheneau took a pass from Joe Antilla fired the puck by Liam Liston to even the score at 1-1. The ICE then jumped into the lead. Jagger Dirk let a low shot go from the point, beating Liston to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Before the end of the period, Kootenay would take a two-goal lead. Adam Rossignol tipped in a shot on a power play to put the ICE ahead 3-1. Kootenay held the edge in shots on goal 15-8.
In the second, the Hurricanes settled down nicely and some quality scoring chances as did the ICE. Neither team though was able to find the back of the net. The game remained 3-1 Kootenay after two periods of play. The Canes had a much better period of hockey and cut down on the shots on goal against. The ICE still held the edge 24-18.
In the third, the Canes made it a one goal game. Landon Oslanski, on the power play, ripped a slap shot by Lieuwen for his 2nd goal of the season to make it a 3-2 hockey game in favour of the ICE. The Canes continued to press to find the equalizer, but it wouldn't happen on this night. the ICE would score a shorthanded, empty-net goal with a few second remaining to give the ICE a 4-2 victory. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 2-9-0-1 on the season. It was also the 9th consecutive loss for the hockey team. The ICE out shot Lethbridge 34-29 on the night. Both teams finished the game 1/4 on the power play. Despite the loss, Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore was a lot happier with his team's play on the CJOC post-game saying were a number of positives for the Hurricanes to take out of this game, but that said they have to find a win and quickly.
Liam Liston played his first game in goal as a Lethbridge Hurricane Monday. Damien Ketlo, still nursing a minor injury was a scratch. Spencer Galbraith also played his first game in a Canes jersey. Nick Buonassisi wasn't at the game Monday. He will be ready for the Hurricanes next action on Friday.
The Hurricanes called up 16 year old defenceman Joel Topping from Midget "AAA" Red Deer as well as recent draft pick Reid Duke from Calgary. Both played against Kootenay Monday. I thought Duke had a strong game for a 15 year old. He's got a good nose for the net played well on a line with Leverton and Watson. It was Duke's second game with the Canes in less than a week. Defencemen Daniel Johnston and Albin Blomqvist are both listed day-to-day with injury and should be back very soon.
The Hurricanes finally get a few days rest until their next game on Friday (Oct. 14) when they play host to the visiting Kamloops Blazers. Game time is 7:00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. Former Hurricane Brandon Anderson and the Wheat Kings will be in Lethbridge on Saturday which should make for a very interesting game given the recent trade between the two teams.
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