LETHBRIDGE - Three goals in the second period blew the game wide open as the Lethbridge Hurricanes continued their recent hot play with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos Saturday night in Lethbridge.
The Hurricanes picked up right where they left off against Regina on Friday. They came out guns a blazing against Swift Current in this game. Eetu Laurikainen was under siege from the get-go as Lethrbidge had several good scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes and late in the period they would finally get one by the Swift current netminder. Captain Graham Hood, after have 4 scoring chances in the period, finally notched his first goal of the season on the power play to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. Again, another very strong opening period by the Canes as they out shot the opposition 17-7.
In the second, the Broncos would get the equalizer when Adam Lowry hammered a shot by Ty Rimmer on a shorthanded break. That evened the score at 1-1, but it didn't last long. Right after that tying goal, the Hurricanes would regain their one goal lead. Craig Leverton scored his 1st goal of the season off a rebound out in front of Laurikainen in the Broncos goal. That made it 2-1 Lethbridge. The Hurricanes would keep the Cane Train rolling with two more goals before the end of the period. Brady Ramsay wheeled out from behind the Broncos goal and rifled a bullet into the top right corner to give Lethbridge a 3-1 lead and not too long after that, Craig Leverton would notch his second goal of the night to make it 4-1 Canes after 40 minutes. Shots heavily favoured Lethbridge 37-16.
In the third, the Broncos would make a goaltending change as Landon Bow would replace Eetu Laurikainen in net. Both teams would go at each other but there wouldn't be anymore offence in this game as the Canes would win it 4-1. The Canes out shot Swift Current 50-23 in this game and over the last two nights they have out shot their opponents a combined 105-52. Lethbridge went 1/6 on the power play and the Broncos 0/4.
The victory moves the Hurricanes above the .500 mark for the first time since opening night with a record of 8-7-1 on the season. This also moves the Canes to within one point of first place in the WHL's Eastern Conference. They've won 6 of their last 8 games and have picked up 13 out of a possible 16 points during this stretch. Ty Rimmer made his 500th save of the season in this game. He becomes the first goaltender in the entire CHL to hit the 500 stop plateau this season.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our weekly Hurricanes radio program hits the airwaves again this Monday for the final time in the month of October. With the Canes nearly a quarter way through this 2012-2013 season, we will bring back the Media Roundtable to go over the first 16 games and talk about the next few months leading up to the Christmas break. Paul Kingsmith from Global TV and Dylan Purcell of the Lethbridge Herald will join myself and Fred Jack in-studio. The show start at 7:00 pm (MDT) on CJOC.
The Hurricanes will play game 3 of this current 6 game home stand on Tuesday (Oct. 30) when they play host to the Vancouver Giants. The Giants have struggled this season with only 3 wins in 12 games. Last season the Canes won both games against the Giants, both played in Vancouver after nearly 8 years without a victory against that opponent. Game time Tuesday is 7:00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.