LETHBRIDGE - A lucky bounce late in the third period helped the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
A great pace to this hockey game. Just a couple of whistles in the first 10 minutes or so. Both teams has some real solid scoring chances, but goaltenders Damien Ketlo and Calvin Pickward were very good in the opening 20 minutes of play. Lethbridge held the slight edge in shots, 11-10 in that first period.
In the second, the Hurricanes finally found a way to break the scoreless tie. Landon Oslanski wired a shot off the post and in to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. It was Oslanski's 4th of the season. 30 seconds later, Seattle would even the score at 1-1. Marcel Noebels fired the puck by Ketlo and just like that the game is tied once again. Neither team was able to find the back of the net the rest of the period. Again both goalies, Pickard and Ketlo were outstanding between the pipes. The shots favoured Lethbridge 25-21 after 40 minutes.
In the third, both teams continued to press to get the go-ahead goal. Seattle ended up getting a lucky bounce with about 7 minutes remaining. The puck was dumped deep into the Lethbridge zone, Ketlo came out of his goal to play it, when the puck took a funny bounce off the end boards and straight out in front of the goal and tapped into the empty net by Mitch Elliot. That put Seattle ahead 2-1. A few minutes later the T-birds went ahead 3-1 when Brendan Rouse scored. That turned out to be a key goal because, seconds later the Hurricanes got one of those back when Adam Henry scored his first goal of season. That made it 3-2 Seattle, but that's as close as the Hurricanes would get in this one. The Hurricanes out shot the Thunderbirds 35-28 and for the first time in a while held their opponents to under 30 shots in the game. The Hurricanes went 0/3 on the power play and Seattle finished the game 0/4. The Hurricanes have just one victory in their past 17 hockey games.
The Hurricanes actually had a full defensive corp Wednesday night. The Canes had seven healthy defenceman for the first time in over a month. Getting Daniel Johnston back from the injured listed was a huge boost for this team against Seattle. Jay Merkey and Liam Liston were healthy scratches for the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes are finally into their new dressing and training rooms. The team officially moved in this week. The facility consists of a separate dressing room, training room, video room, coaches room, trainers room, and skate sharpening room. I had a tour of the new digs Wednesday before the game and will post a few photos this week.
The Hurricanes are off until Saturday (Nov. 12) when they host the Tri-City Amercians. This game will mark the return of defenceman Derek Ryckman who was dealt to the Ams a few weeks ago. Tri-City is one of the top teams in the WHL's Western Conference. Fred and I will have the pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30 pm (MST). The puck drops at 7:00. The Hurricanes will then tavel to Calgary Sunday afternoon for a 2:00 pm (MST) start against the Hitmen.