SWIFT CURRENT, SK. - A three goal second period and great goaltending lifted the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 4-0 victory in Swift Current Tuesday night.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes did something in this game they haven't done much of this season, open the scoring. After a big face-off win by Graham Hood, Sam McKechnie tipped in a shot from the point and beat Swift Current goaltender Eetu Laurikainen to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead just over 5 minutes into the game. It was McKechnie's 7th goal of the season. That would be all the offence in the opening 20 minutes of this game. The Broncos had a couple of power plays, but couldn't get the puck past Ty Rimmer who got hit 13th consecutive start in goal.
In the second, the Hurricanes power play would strike. Spencer Galbraith's wrist shot went off a Bronco in front and by Laurikainen to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. It was Galbraith's 2nd goal of the season and 2nd in as many games as well. That was the first goal in a 3 goal second period for Lethbridge. A few minutes later Jay Merkley made an outstanding pass to Jamal Watson at the side of the Broncos goal and he scored his 3rd of the season into the top corner to make it 3-0 Lethbridge. The Cane Train wasn't done their. less than a minute after that, Axel Blomqvist took a feed from Reid Duke, got behind the Swift Current defence. His shot was stopped, but the rebound went right to Russ Maxwell who buried his 9th of the season to give Lethbridge a commanding 4-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Broncos held the edge in shots 26-23.
In the third, neither team was able to score in the final period as Ty Rimmer kept the Broncos off the score sheet to record his first shutout of the season as the Canes would skate away with a 4-0 victory and for the first time this season, back-to-back victories. The Broncos out shot Lethbridge 37-26. The Canes were 1/3 on the power play while Swift Current went 0/5. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore said on the CJOC post game show this might be the best road game this team has played in the past two years.
The Hurricanes played an outstanding game from start to finish. They had goals from four different players in this game and Rich Preston and Matt Kabayama rolled four lines and all their defensive pairings regularly all night long. Albin Blomqvist sat this game out as he's a bit under the weather this week.
The Hurricanes close out this mini Saskatchewan road trip Wednesday (Oct. 24) when they travel to Moose Jaw to take on the Warriors. Game time is 7:00 pm MDT. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes return home Friday (Oct. 26) for the start of another 6 game home stand as the host the Regina Pats.