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Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Six Different Scorers as Canes Beat Wheaties 6-1
LETHBRIDGE - A three goal first period powered the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a convicing 6-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Brandon Wheat Kings opened the scoring less than 5 minutes into the game. After Macoy Erkamps laid a big hit on Alessio Bertaggia, the Wheat Kings broke away on a two-on-one and Jayce Hawryluk snapped home the puck over Ty Rimmer to give the Wheaties a 1-0 lead. After that, the Hurricanes took over the rest of the period. Just 50 seconds later, Jay Merkley scored his second of the season to tie the game at 1-1. The Hurricanes would add another not too long after that when Jaimen Yakubowski notched his 4th of the season to make it 2-1 Lethbridge. Before the end of the period, the Hurricanes would jump ahead 3-1 with Brady Ramsay's 2nd of the year. That finished off a outstanding period for the Canes who pounded 23 shots at Wheaties' goalie Curtis Honey. No question, the Hurricanes best period of hockey so far this season. The Canes out shot the Wheat Kings 23-8.
In the second, the Canes would keep it coming with a few more power play goals. This time Macoy Erkamps would find the back of the net for his 1st of the season. That made it 4-1 Hurricanes and then before the end of the period Lethbridge ended up getting yet another power play goal on a 5-on-3 advantage when Dan Johnston, the birthday boy hammered a point shot by Curtis Honey to make it 5-1 Canes. Lethbridge had scored 3 power play goals on 5 opportunities to this point in the game. The Canes continued to hammer pucks at the Brandon goal as they out shot the Wheaties 36-20 after two periods.
In the third, the Hurricanes would add one more when Russ Maxwell stole the puck at his own blueline and moved in on a breakaway and scored his team-leading 6th goal of the season to give the home side a 6-1 lead and that's the way the game would end. There wasn't much defence in this game as the Canes out shot the Wheaties 46-36. The Hurricanes were very good on the power play going 3/6. Brandon went 0/3. The victory improves the Hurricanes record to 4-6 on the season.
The Hurricanes saw the return of Brady Ramsay to the line-up in this game. Ramsay had missed the last two weeks after being given a 5 game suspension after an incident September 29th in Kootenay. He has one goal in 5 games played so far this season. He made a huge impact in this game with a goal and two assists and was named the game's first star.
The Canes clearly played their best game of the season in this one and with six different goal scorers, it was nice to see the offence spread around. A lot of bests in this game. Their best period of hockey this season in the first, best game of the year for Erkamps and Hood. The Hurricanes also got goals from six different players which was a real positive.
The Hurricanes will take on the best team in the Western Hockey League on Friday (Oct. 19) when the Kamloops Blazers come town. The Blazers are not only at top of the WHL, but are the number one ranked team right now in the entire CHL. The Blazers are also the highest scoring team in the league and have allowed the least goals against. It'll certainly be a big test for the Canes. Game time is 7:00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. Lethbridge will welcome the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday. Next week the Canes hit the road for games Tuesday (Oct. 23) in Swift Current and Wednesday (Oct. 24) in Moose Jaw. They'll return home after that for the start of another 6 game home stand when Regina and Swift Current come to town October 26th & 27th.