LETHBRIDGE - Brendan Walker scored a hatrick as the Brandon Wheat Kings beat the Hurricanes 4-2 Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Brandon Wheat Kings would open the scoring in this game on a rather flukey goal. Brodie Melnychuk's point shot went off the end boards and Brendan Walker was right there to put the puck off goalie Liam Liston and in to make it 1-0 Wheat Kings. The Canes had a couple of decent chances themselves to get on the scoreboard, but they couldn't find a way to beat Corbin Boes in the Wheaties goal and Brandon would take that 1-0 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play. The shots favoured the Wheat Kings 14-12.
In the second, the Wheaties would add to their lead. Just 21 seconds into the period, Brendan Walker was at it again. He moved in and put a backhander off the post and by Liston making it 2-0 Wheaties. A few minutes later, Brandon gets another. Brendan Walker flew down the right wing and hammered a blistering shot past Liston for his 3rd of night making it 3-0 Brandon. It stayed the way till final 6:30 of the period. Brody Sutter cut the Wheaties lead to 3-1 with his 26th of the season, putting a rebound by Corbin Boes. Three minutes later, the Hurricanes would make it a one goal game when Graham Hood scored his 11th of season. The Brandon lead sat at 3-2 after that goal and that's the way it would stay after two periods of play. The Wheat Kings held a slight edge in shots 22-21.
In the third, another early goal by Brandon. This time Michael Ferland blasted a wrist shot into the top corner of the Hurricanes goal, giving the visitors a 4-2 lead just a couple of minutes into the period. After that, the Canes really picked up their play, firing 20 shots at the Brandon goal, but they could beat Corbin Boes. When it was all said and done, the Wheaties would skate away with a 4-2 victory. Lethbridge out shot Brandon 41-32 on the night. A very disciplined game by both teams with just a couple of penalties. The Wheat Kings went 0/2 on the man advantage while the Canes 0/1. The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 22-36-0-1 in 59 games on the season. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore felt the Hurricanes got off to a "flat" start and that cost the them.
The Hurricanes will close out this current five game home stand Friday (Feb. 17) with the a game against the Regina Pats. Lethbridge is 1-2 versus the Pats this season. This will be the final meeting of the year between the two clubs. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Canes will head out next week to Saskatoon for one game Wednesday (Feb. 22) before return home two night later (Feb. 24) to host the Kelowna Rockets.