LETHBRIDGE - Adam Lowry scored twice in the third period as the Swift Current Broncos came back to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 in a shoot out Saturday night.
A good start for the Hurricanes on home ice in this hockey game. Nearly 5 minutes into the first period, the Hurricanes power play would strike. Dan Johnston's point shot went off Broncos' defenceman Dalton Reum and past goalie Landon Bow to give the Canes 1-0 lead. That was Johnston's 8th goal of the season. Lethbridge had a few more quality scoring chances after that, but that would be all the offence either team could come up with in the opening 20 minutes. The Hurricanes held a slight edge in shots 12-9.
In the second, not much of anything to be honest. Both teams had some good scoring opportunities. Landon Bow was the busier of the two goaltenders as the Canes pounded 15 shots his way. Neither team was able to score and the Hurricanes lone goal scored back in the first period would hold up to this point to be the only scoring in the game. Lethbridge out shot Swift Current 27-21 through 40 minutes of play.
In the third, the Swift Current Broncos would even the score on the man advantage. Adan Lowry unleashed a bullet which beat Rimmer high on the glove side to tied the game at 1-1, four minutes into the period. Late in the game, the Broncos would take the lead for the first time, when Adam Lowry scored his second of the night, tipping a point shot by Rimmer to make it 2-1 Swift Current. 23 second later, Lethbridge would tie the game. Sam McKechnie lifted a shot over Bows, for his 19th goal of the season and just like that the game was tied again, this time 2-2. That would force things into overtime. The extra frame solved nothing so the Canes and Broncos went to a shoot out to decide a winner in this game.
In the shoot out, Adam Lowry and Graham Black would score the only goals as the Broncos came back to defeat the Hurricanes 3-2. The Broncos really had a strong 3rd period and in the end out shot Lethbridge 41-36 in this game. The Hurricanes went 1/5 on the power play while Swift Current finished the night 1/4. The shoot out loss drops the Hurricanes to 19-18-1-5 on the season. The Canes earn a point despite the loss and that gives them 44 on the season, one better than Saskatoon. It moves the Hurricanes into 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
On the CJOC post game show, Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore said he needs to work more with Rimmer regarding the shoot out. The Canes are 1 and 5 in six shoot out games this season.
PILON & DUKE RETURN
Hurricanes defenceman Ryan Pilon and forward Reid Duke will be back in the line-up Sunday for the Hurricanes. Both players are returning after playing the last few weeks at the U-17's in Quebec. Pilon, the Captain of Team West had 2 assists in 4 games, while Reid Duke had 2 goals and 2 assists for Team Pacific. Canes prospect Kolten Olynek had a great tournament as well, scoring 2 goals and adding one assist for Team West.
The Hurricanes will host the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors Sunday night (Jan. 6). This will be the 4th and final meeting of the season between these two teams, with Lethbridge holding the edge 2 games to one. Game time is 6:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 5:30. The Hurricanes will host Vancouver Wednesday (Jan. 9) before heading on the road for 5 straight games.