SWIFT CURRENT, SK. - The Lethbridge Hurricanes erased a 4-1 3rd period deficit, scoring 5 times in the final 15 minutes to stun the Swift Current Broncos 6-4 Tuesday afternoon.
The Swift Current Broncos would get things going offensively in this early afternoon New Year's Day game. Former Hurricane Ryan Moser took a pass out in front of the Lethbridge goal and lifted a backhander by Ty Rimmer to put the home team ahead 1-0. The Hurricanes thought the had tied the game when Axel Blomqvist put the puck in the next on a Lethbridge power play, but after video review, the goal was disallowed and the Broncos held on to their one goal. lead. Before the end of the period, Swift Current would jump ahead by a paid when Coda Gordon scored. That made it 2-0 Broncos after 20 minutes. Swift Current scored twice on 7 shots in the period as the Canes out shot the Broncos 9-7.
In the second, the Hurricanes would cut the Swift Current lead in half. After failing to score on a 5-on-3 power play, the Canes ended up scoring on a 5-on-4 power play right after. Brady Ramsay snapped home his 11th goal of the season to make it a 2-1 game in favour of the Broncos. Dan Johnston recorded his 31st point of the season on that goal. That matches his total all of last season in 17 less games (WHL Facts). Before the end of the period, the Broncos would get that one back. Coda Gordan notched his second goal of the afternoon to give Swift Current a 3-1 lead through two periods of play. The Broncos out shot Lethbridge 21-18 up to this point.
In the third, Swift Current would make it a 3 goal lead when Adam Lowry scored early. That put the Broncos ahead 4-1. It looked liked that would be the nail in the Hurricanes coffin, but not so fast. The Hurricanes would come storming back with 5 straight goals in the final 10 minutes. Tyler Wong got things started with a goal from nearly behind the goal line when he scored his 2nd of the season. That made it 4-2 Swift Current. Less than a minute later, Sam McKechnie put home his 18th of the season. That cut the lead to 4-3. Shortly after that Lethbridge would tie things up when Remi Laurencelle slammed home his 3rd of the year. Just like that the game was tied at 4-4. The Hurricanes weren't done there. On the power play, Dan Johnston let a bullet go off the goal post and in to give Lethbridge a 5-4 lead, their first of the game. that was his 7th of the year. Swift Current had a great chance to tie it on a late penalty shot, but Graham Black hit the crossbar. The Canes sealed the game with an empty-netter from Graham hood, his 7th of the season. The Hurricanes would win 6-4 and earn a huge two points on the road. The final shots were even at 36-36. Lethbridge was 2/6 on the power play and Swift Current 1/4. It was a wild game wild unreal swings in momentum.
The victory improves the Hurricanes to 19-17-1-4 on the season and now 4 points ahead of Swift Current in the Eastern Conference standings.
TRADE DEADLINE LOOMING
The WHL's trade deadline is Thursday January 10th. I asked Head Coach and GM Rich Preston about the deadline and if he's talking to any other teams above making a move or two. Preston: "Oh sure. There's always a lot going on and guys are talking. The question is whether you can make something happen or not. There was a big trade today (Jan. 1) between Prince Albert and Medicine Hat so we will see what happens."
The Hurricanes next action is Thursday (Jan. 3) when they kick off a four game home stand against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. Over the next week the Hurricanes will host Edmonton, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, and Vancouver before playing 5 straibht games away from the ENMAX Centre.