LETHBRIDGE - Liam Liston put on quite a goaltending performance as the Lethbridge Hurricanes shut out the Spokane Chiefs 1-0 at the ENMAX Centre Sunday night.
The Hurricanes came out of the gate flat in this game. The Chiefs, who were playing their 5th game in 6 days were all over Lethbridge in the first period. Liam Liston was very good between the pipes as the Canes were heavily out shot 17-4. Liston stopped every single shot he faced as both teams would head to the dressing in a scoreless tie.
In the second, both teams continued to try and break the scoreless tie, but neither goaltender Liam Liston of Mac Engel would break. It was a much better period of hockey for Lethbridge. The best chance came from Jamal Watson, when the Canes' rookie was awarded a penalty shot, but he couldn't get the puck by Engel. The Chiefs continued to hold the edge in shots 27-15 after 40 minutes of play.
In the third, the Hurricanes would find a way to break the 0-0 tie. Cam Braes on the power play, would tip the puck over Mac Engel to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. It was Braes' team-leading 14th goal of the season and a huge one at that for the home team. Late in the game the Chiefs pulled the goalie to try and even the game and they'd have a great chance late when Mitch Holmberg was awarded a penalty shot with less than a minute to go. Liston stopped him and that would seal the game for the Hurricanes as they would skate away with a 1-0 victory. The Hurricanes have now won 4 straight games and 7 of their last 9. The win improves the Canes record to 10-20-0-1 on the season. Lethbridge went 1/3 on the power play while Spokane finished the night 0/3. Brody Sutter left the game in the second period after blocking a shot. He went to hospital for x-rays and his status right now isn't known.
You have to give this young team a lot of credit. Given all the adversity this group has faced this season, they've no question found their groove. Everyone is chipping in and they're getting some very timely goaltending as well. It's a combination of a few things that's making the difference for this team right now.
The Hurricanes hit the road for their next three games as they head into B.C. The Canes will play in Kelowna Wednesday (Dec. 7), Friday (Dec. 9) in Victoria, and on Saturday (Dec. 10) it's off to Vancouver to play the Giants. All three games are 8:00 pm (MST) start times with the pre-game shows on CJOC at 7:30.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our weekly Hurricanes radio show hits the airwaves once again Monday night on CJOC. I'm away on the road with the Canes traveling to Kelowna, but Fred Jack will be in the studio to host the program along with our guest co-host, Esther Madziya. Esther, the former CJOC morning show co-host is now the Hurricanes Media Relations Co-ordinator. She'll join Freddie on the program for the whole hour. I hope to chime in for a bit on the phone as well. We'll also have an interview in-studio with Marty Baceda from Global TV Sports and in the final segment of the show, we will welcome Vancouver Giants radio play-by-play voice Dan Elliott. It all gets going at 6:00 pm (MST) Monday night on CJOC.