PRINCE GEORGE, BC - Three goals in a span of over just over three minutes in the first period lifted the cougars to a 6-3 victory over the Hurricanes Friday night in P.G.
An excellent start for the Hurricanes in this game. They were all over the Cougars in the early part of the first period and got on the scoreboard early. Craig Leverton hammered home his 2nd goal of the season less than 3 minutes in to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. The Hurricanes were all over PG, having out shot the Cougars 12-2 at one point in the opening period. That didn't last long. Prince George came back with three goals in roughly three minutes, two on the power play. Jesse Forsberg tapped home the puck by Damien Ketlo, who made his 12 consecutive start in goal for the Hurricanes to even the score at 1-1. That goal was scored on the man advantage. Just over a minute later, the Cougars would go ahead 2-1 when Jordan Tkatch knocked the puck behind Ketlo. Then a minute after that, another power play goal for PG when Cody Carlson hammered a point shot by Ketlo and just like that, The Cougars had jumped into a two goal lead after 20 minutes. Drew Owsley was busy in the Prince George goal, as the Canes out shot the Cougars 21-16.
In the second, Lethbridge would get to within one, when Brody Sutter blasted a shot by Owsley on the power play to make it a 3-2 game in favour of PG. The Cougars though would get that one back quickly. Just 12 seconds later, right off the draw at centre ice, Daulton Siwak fired the puck by Ketlo to make it 4-2 PG. Two minutes after that, the Cougars would get another one. Cody Carlson's wrist shot went off a Lethbridge defender and past Ketlo to give the home side a 5-2 lead. That was it for Damien Ketlo is goal. He was pulled in favour of Liam Liston for the rest of the night. Lethbridge got one more before the period ended, when Brady Ramsey backhanded home his 15th of the season to cut the Prince George lead to 5-3 after 40 minutes of play. Lethbridge kept pounding pucks at Drew Owsley in that PG goal. The Hurricanes held the edge in shots 40-27 through two periods of play.
In the third, the Cougars would make it 6-3 when Greg Fraser tapped the puck by Liam Liston. That would widen the Prince George lead by three. Unfortunately for Lethbridge, that would be as close as they would get. The Hurricanes pounded over 50 shots on Drew Owsley in the Prince Goerge goal, as he was key in this victory for the Cougars. Lethrbidge out shot PG 52-40 on the night. Penalties were a big problem for Lethbridge in this one. PG finished the game 3 for 10 on the power play and the Hurricanes went 1 for 4. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore said on the CJOC post game show that the Canes need to be more disciplined and can't be giving other teams 10 power plays and expect to win a game. The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 16-28-0-1 in 45 games this season.
AUSTIN FYTEN A VANCOUVER GIANT
The Vancouver Giants acquired the rights to 20 year old forward Austin Fyten earlier in the week. The Hurricanes had to drop Fyten off their reoster on Sunday, prior to the trade deadline, because at that time they had 4 overage players listed (Fyten, Braes, Ketlo, Sutter). The Giants picked up his rights and according to Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News, the Giants are flying Fyten out to the west coast so he can be assessed by team doctors. Fyten was badly injured in the pre-season, when he suffered a knee injury during a game in Taber. He underwent surgery a few months ago and is still taking rehab. It's not know when or if Fyten will play again this season.
The Hurricanes will play the second of back-to-back games against the Cougars in Prince George Saturday night (Jan. 14). After that, the team heads all the way down to Vancouver where they will play the Giants on Tuesday night (Jan. 17). Game time from PG Saturday is 8:00 pm (MST). The pre-game show on CJOC at 7:30.