LETHBRIDGE - Brett Stovin scored three times as the Saskatoon Blades beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 Saturday night, ending a long 5 game losing streak
The Saskatoon Blades would draw first blood in this one. About 7 minutes in the first period, Brett Stovin lifted a backhander over Ty Rimmer, making it 1-0 Saskatoon. A few minutes later, the Canes would get a glorious chance to tie things up with a two-man advantage for 1:37 and did everything but score. Lethbridge did tie the game though on a nice play by Jamal Watson. He fed the puck across to Jay Merkley who kicked it up to his stick and scored his first of the season to even the game at 1-1. After several chances to score the past few games, Merkley finally got his first of the year, a big monkey off his back. Saskatoon though would take the lead again before the end of the period when Josh Nicholls put a bouncing puck over a falling Rimmer to give the visitors a 2-1 lead after the first period. Saskatoon held the edge in shots at 18-11.
In the second, the Blades would add a little insurance. Matt Pufahl hammered a point shot on the power play and that beat a screened Ty Rimmer to give the Blades a 3-1 lead. A few minutes later Saskatoon would get another to extend their lead a bit more. Brett Stovin roofed a beautiful shot into the top left corner of the net for his second goal of the evening, extending the Blades lead to 4-1 after two periods of play. Saskatoon continued to out shoot Lethbridge 29-18.
In the third, Saskatoon would do a good job protecting the lead. They would get one more with a few minutes remaining when Brett Stovin scored his third of the night on a bullet shot, over the shoulder of Rimmer. That made it 5-1 Saskatoon. Lethbridge would get one more before the final buzzer when Sam McKechnie scored his 5th of the season to cut the lead to 5-2, but it was too little too late as the Blades would win the game 5-2. The Canes power play went 0/6 while the Blades went 1/1. The loss drops the Canes record to 2-6 on the season. They have one victory in their last 5 games. As for Saskatoon, the Blades end a 5 game losing skid with that victory. I think the turning point in this game came when the Canes failed to score on a long 5-on-3 power play which would've tied the game back in the first period. A goal their could've turned the tide and given the home team some much-needed momentum. Assistant Coahc Chris Chisamore said on the CJOC post game show that after the way his team played Friday against the PG, the result in this game was disappointing. He says the Hurricanes had more than enough chances to score, but couldn't bury their opportunities. The three stars: 1- Stovin, 2- Nicholls, 3- Watson
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our next Hurricanes This Week radio show is set for Monday night on CJOC. On the program, Hurricanes forward Jaimen Yakubowski, who's off to a strong start this season. We will be joined as well by Doug Paisley, Hurricanes Board Member, and Bruce Luebke, the radio play-by-play voice of the Brandon Wheat Kings. The program starts at 7:00 pm (MDT) October 15th on 94.1 CJOC .
The Hurricanes next action is Wednesday (Oct. 17) when they play host to the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings. Game time is 7:00 pm (MDT) from the ENMAX Centre. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes will also host Kamloops on Friday and Moose Jaw Saturday.