LETHBRIDGE - The Portland Winterhawks scored three times in the first period, which was the difference in this game as they defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night.
The high-scoring Portland Winterhawks kicked things off offensively in this hockey game on Pink in the Rick night at the ENMAX Centre. The visitors kept pumping pucks all period long on Corbin Boes as the Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender had a very busy opening 20 minutes. Keegan Iverson got the first goal just over 6 minutes into the game to give Portland a 1-0 lead. A few minutes later the Hawks would strike on the power play. Brendan Leipsic beat Boes to make it 2-0. They weren't done there. Just before the end of the period, Case De Leo scored to make it 3-0 Hawks after one period play. The shots heavily favoured Portland 22-8.
In the second, the Hurricanes made some nice adjustments after being outplayed in the opening frame. The Canes were able to keep the Winterhawks off the shot clock for a good portion of the first 13 minutes of the period. Later on the Hurricanes were given a 5-on-3 power play for nearly two whole minutes and they would finally beat Brendan Burke in the Portland goal. Brady Ramsay knocked home his 3rd of the season cut the Winterhawks lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. The Hawks still held the edge in shots 32-16.
In the third, the Hurricanes would continue to push hard to get back into the hockey game. Late in the period, Axel Blomqvist would hammer a shot off the post and past Burke to cut the Portland lead to 3-2 and make for an interesting finish in this one. The Canes pulled the goalie to try and get the equalizer, but that would be as close as they would get as the Hawks would hold on for a 3-2 victory. Portland out shot Lethrbidge 41-28 in this game. The Canes went 1/8 on the power play and Portland 1/6. The loss drops the Canes record to 2-11-0-1 on the season. They have just one victory in their last 10 games.
Despite loss the Hurricanes did a great job making big adjustments after the first period to make this a very close game.
Trade Talks Continue
Lethbridge Hurricanes GM Brad Robson continues to field trade offers for Jaimen Yakubowski and Sam McKechnie. The two players were sent home last week after requesting to be traded. Robson said Sunday he was speaking with up to 15 teams. On Tuesday he said that had been whittled down to offers from about 5 teams.
The Hurricanes will play game 7 of this long home stand Thursday (Oct. 24) when they host the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. This will be the first of 4 games this season between the clubs. After Thursday's game, the Hurricanes don't play again until next Tuesday (Oct. 29) when they welcome Swift Current to the ENMAX Centre. The Canes will have this entire weekend off. Game time Thursday against Moose Jaw is 7:00 pm MDT. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.