SPOKANE, WA. - Two power play goals were the difference as the Spokane Chiefs doubled up the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-2 Saturday night.
A strong start to the first period for Lethbridge in this game. The Canes came out gunning, out shooting the Chiefs 9-4 at one point, but the flood gates opened just past midway point of the period when Spokane got things going with the first of 3 goals in roughly 5 minutes. Mitch Holmberg stole the puck in the Hurricanes zone, moved in and snapped the puck off the post and by Ty Rimmer to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, the Chiefs would make good on the power play when Todd Fiddler scored to give Spokane a 2-0. Shortly after that, the Chiefs would get another power play and they would make good again. Collin Valcourt with a great move, beating Rimmer between the legs. That made it 3-0 Spokane in very short order. The Hurricanes though responded right off the face-off following that goal, when Jamien Yakubowski scored his 3rd of the season, 19 seconds later beating Eric Williams up high to cut the Chiefs lead to 3-1 after one period of play. Lethbridge out shot the Chiefs 12-10.
In the second, the Hurricanes would chip their way back into the game. While on the penalty kill, Remi Laurencelle grabbed the puck in his own end and moved in short-handed on a two-on-one rush and snapped a bullet over the shoulder of Williams and into the top corner for his first of the season. That cut the Spokane lead to 3-2, making for an interesting finish to this game. Spokane turned up the heat big time in the period, out shooting the canes 19-4, but Ty Rimmer came through with several big saves to keep his team in the game. The total shots were 29-18 Chiefs through 40 minutes.
In the third, the Hurricanes would turn up the heat a few a notches, pressing for the equalizer. They would have several great scoring chances to tie the game, but Eric Williams continued to come up with save after save to hold Lethbridge off the scoresheet for the rest of the night. The Chiefs would some insurance with a few minutes remaining when Tanner Mort beat a screened Ty Rimmer to make it 4-2 Spokane and that's the way the game would end. Spokane out shot Lethbridge 43-29 in this game. Jamien Yakubowski was the game's 3rd star, Ty Rimmer was the 2nd, and Eric Williams of the Chiefs the 1st star. Special teams was the difference in this game. Spokane went 2/4 on the power play and Lethbridge 0/3. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore said on the CJOC post game show that it's frustrating to play decent hockey on the road, but have nothing to show for it. He was also upset the Canes lost their last two games with special teams being the difference.
The Hurricanes will be back at home now for the next few weeks for the start of a six game home stand, beginning Tuesday night (Oct. 9) when they host the red hot Prince Albert Raiders. PA has not lost a game in regulation time this season and have the league's best record in the first few weeks. In fact, the Raiders have only one loss in a shootout to their credit in 6 games played so far. The Canes will play three games this coming week, starting with the Raiders Tuesday and then on the weekend Prince George will roll into town of Friday (Oct. 12) and on Saturday (Oct. 13) the Hurricanes will welcome the Saskatoon Blades to the ENMAX Centre.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Although Monday is Thanksgiving, we will still be on the air with Hurricanes This Week on CJOC. Our guests Monday include Hurricanes Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore, Prince Albert Raiders Play-by-Play Broadcaster Drew Wilson, and WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. The show begins at 7:00 pm (MDT). Any shows missed LIVE can be downloaded the following day on www.cjocfm.com.