The Victoria Royals started off quickly in this hockey game. Less than two minutes into the contest, Ben Walker took a feed from his brother Jack and buried a slapper by Corbin Boes to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead. A few minutes later the Hurricanes would finally find a way to beat Patrik Polivka in the Victoria goal. Ryan Pilon skated off the bench, picked up the puck and snapped it by Polivka to tie the game at 1-1. It was Pilon's 1st goal of the season. Corbin Boes was a busy guy in the Lethbridge goal as the Canes were heavily out shot 17-4 in the opening 20 minutes of play to keep the score even at 1-1.
In the second, the Hurricanes would grab the lead for the first time. Tyler Wong, on the power play would notch his 3rd of the season. That made it 2-1 Lethbridge. The score stayed that way until the Royals found the back of the net to even the score at 2-2 when Keegan Kanzig got a goal for the home team. The Royals kept coming hard at the Hurricanes, but Corbin Boes was outstanding in goal for Lethbridge. The shots after the second period favoured Victoria 38-13.
In the third, the Hurricanes took back a one goal lead when Sam McKechnie scored his first of the season to give Lethbridge a 3-2 lead midway through the period. The Royals got back to even terms on a power play with just over 5 minutes remaining in the period when Joe Hicketts blasted a point shot which beat Boes to tie the game at 3-3. It looked as if overtime would be coming, but with just over a minute left, Logan Nelson banked a shot off the Lethbridge goaltender and in and that would be the difference as Victoria would rally to beat the Hurricanes 4-3. Boes was very good between the pipes as the Hurricanes were heavily out shot 49-28. Lethbridge went 1/4 on the power play. Victoria was 1\5. The loss was the Canes 5th in a row and drops their overall record to 1-7-0-1 on the season. A tough loss for the Hurricanes who had a one goal lead twice in this game.
The Hurricanes had all healthy scratches for the second straight game. This time (G) Jonny Hogue, (D) Bryton Sayers, (D) Joel Topping, (F) Axel Blomqvist, and (F) Spencer Meyer watched from the press box.
No Hurricanes This Week
Because of the Thanksgiving matinee game for the Hurricanes, there will be no Hurricanes This Week radio program this week. There will also be no show next Monday either, (Oct. 21) as CJOC will be broadcasting LIVE local civic election coverage that evening. Our next hockey program will air at 7:00 pm on October 28th.
The Hurricanes will travel back east now as they get set for a game against the Blazers in Kamloops. Like the Canes, Kamloops has had a slow start to the season. Both teams have similar records heading into this game. The Blazers have dropped 4 straight while the Canes are trying to put the breaks to a 5 game skid. Something will give Monday afternoon. Game time is 3:00 pm MDT. The pre-game show on CJOC at 2:30.