LETHBRIDGE - The Brandon Wheat Kings ended a 4 game losing skid with a 5-3 victory in Lethbridge on Sunday evening. The Wheaties scored 3 goals in just over 5 minutes in the second period which turned out to be the difference.
A rather slow start for both teams in this game. The Brandon Wheat Kings though would kick thing off on a two-on-one rush. Jayce Hawryluk fed the puck to John Quennville and beat Ty Rimmer to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Hurricanes would get that back before the end of the period when Jamal Watson banked a shot off a Wheat King defenceman to tie things up at 1-1. That was Watson's 7th goal of the season. That's the way the period would end. The Hurricanes held the edge in shots 12-6.
In the second, the Canes would take their first lead with a goal less than a minute into the period. Jaimen Yakubowski took a great pass from Russ Maxwell and roofed it over Corbin Boes to make it 2-1 Lethbridge. That was Yakubowski's 7th of the season. The Wheat Kings would claw their way back near the midway point of the period when Jayce Hawryluk was sprung free on a breakaway. He snapped it over the glove of Rimmer to even the game at 2-2. The Wheaties weren't done there. Just a few minutes after, John Quennville would get his 2nd of the night to make it 3-2 Wheat Kings and then right after that, Jack Palmer would score on the power play to give Brandon a 4-2 lead. The Wheat Kings scored three times in a span of 5:10. Brandon would take that two goal lead into the dressing room after two periods. The Canes held the edge in shots 25-22.
In the third, the Hurricanes would make it a one goal game early when Brady Ramsay hammered a rocket slapper by Boes on the power play to cut the Wheaties lead to 4-3. That was Ramsay's 6th goal of the season and made it a one goal contest. The Hurricanes put on a huge push after that to try and get the tying goal, but Corbin Boes stood on his head for the rest of night and shut the door as the Brandon Wheat Kings would skate away with a 5-3 victory. Chad Robinson scored one into an empty net to seal it for the Wheaties. The loss drops the Canes record to 13-10-1-1. It's also the first time the Hurricanes have lost back-to-back games since the first weekend in October. Lethbridge out shot Brandon 42-32 in this one. The Wheaties went 1/6 on the power play while the Hurricanes finished the night 1/3.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our next edition of Hurricanes This Week hit the airwaves Monday night (Nov. 19) at 7:00 pm MST. Joining Fred Jack and myself on the program will be Head Coach and GM Rich Preston, Hurricanes forward Brady Ramsay, and Hurricanes Board Member Dick Gibson.
The Hurricanes will host the Calgary Hitmen Tuesday night (Nov. 20). This will be the first of 6 meetings this season between the two Central Division rivals. The Canes and Hitmen will also play Wednesday (Nov. 21) at the Saddledome in Calgary. These two teams have very similar records and with both clubs almost in the same position here in the Eastern Conference, this upcoming home-and-away series will be a big one. The Hurricanes will travel to Red Deer Friday (Nov. 22) for their only other game in the coming week.