KELOWNA, BC - Riley Stadel scored three times as the Kelowna Rockets beat the struggling Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-0 Wednesday night.
It didn't take long for the first goal in this game. Less than two minutes in, Riley Stadel hammered a point shot which beat Corbin Boes to give Kelowna a quick 1-0 lead. The Hurricanes settled down after allowing that early goal and came back with a few great scoring chances on the power play, but were unable to get the puck past Jordan Cooke in the Rockets goal. Before the end of the period Kelowna would get another, this time on the power play. Riley Stadel again with a slapper that got by Boes for his second of the night. That made it 2-0 Kelowna after 20 minutes. The shots favoured the Rockets 15-12.
In the second, the Rocket kept it coming. Ryan Olsen scored on the power play to give Kelowna a 3-0 lead and then a few minutes later, also on a power play, Riley Stadel would score his third of the night. That made it 4-0 for the home team. Stadel had racked up 3 goals and one assist to this point and the rookie, Nick Merkley 4 assists on the night. The Rockets would pound 23 shots on the Hurricanes goal in this period and held a 38-20 edge in shots on goal during the game.
In the third, the Kelowna Rockets would get two more goals. Tyson Baillie found the back of the net to make it 5-0 Rockets and before this one would end, Tyrell Goulbourne made it 6-0 and that's the way this one finished. The biggest thing in this game wasn't the score, it was the shots on goal. Despite allowing 6 goals, Corbin Boes faced 62 shots in this one and was named the game's 3rd star. Final shots were 62-26 Kelowna. The power plays were lopsided too. The Rockets had 13 power plays, including two lengthy 5-on-3's. they finished the night 3/13 with the man advantage and the Canes 0/3.
The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 1-9-0-1. They've lost 7 games in a row and remain in last place in the WHL. Coach Berehowsky sat Kolten Olynek, Joel Topping, Sam McKechnie, and Jonny Hogue who were all healthy scratches. Reid Nemeth did not play due to injury.
The Hurricanes will now head back to southern Alberta to play 9 of their next 10 games at the ENAMX Centre, which will be an important stretch for this team and we haven't even hit the quarterway point in the season yet. The Canes will be back at at the ENMAX Centre Saturday (Oct. 19) when they host Saskatoon. This will be the first of four meetings this season between the Hurricanes and Blades. The Canes will then head to Calgary Sunday (Oct. 20) for a late afternoon game at the Saddledome against the Hitmen (4 pm). Following that contest the club returns back to Lethbridge for 8 straight games between October 22nd and November 9th.