LETHBRIDGE - Mitch Holmberg, the WHL's top point-getter scored three times and added one assist as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-2 Friday.night.
Some chirping in the warm-up in this hockey game spilled over into the first period as the Hurricanes and Spokane Chiefs came out throwing fists. Just over 8 minutes in the game, there were fights which certainly set the tone for a very feisty contest at the ENMAX Centre. Late in the period, the Hurricanes would strike first. Off the draw on a power play, Giorgio Estephan roofed a shot upstairs on Garret Hughson to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead going into the dressing after 20 minutes of play. Spokane held a slight edge in shots, 9-7.
In the second, the Chiefs would tie things up. Carter Proft was left along in front of the Lethbridge goal and snapped a shot over Corbin Boes to even the game at 1-1. The Hurricanes though would regain the lead on the man advantage. A great pass out in front of the Spokane goal and Russ Maxwell with a perfect tip for his 4th of the season. That made it 2-1 Lethbridge. The Chiefs though would again tie the game on a power play of their own. A rocket shot from Mitch Holmberg beat Boes to even the score at 2-2. That was Holmberg's 20th goal in 20 games this season and he wasn't done there either. That's the way the period would end. Spokane held a 22-15 edge in shots.
In the third, the Chiefs would blow this game wide open with four goals in under 12 minutes. Mitch Holmberg would keep it coming with two more goals. He scored early on the power play for his 2nd of the game to give Spokane its first lead of the night, 3-2. A couple of minutes later the Chiefs would go ahead 4-2 when Adam Helewka beat Boes. The Mitch Holmberg show would continue as he would score his hatrick goal to put his club ahead 5-2. Holmberg would finish the game with 4 points and now has 49 points in 20 games this season for Spokane. The visitors would get one more before the final buzzer when Jackson Plairfair just slipped the puck by Boes to make it 6-2 Chiefs and that's the way this game would end. The Chiefs out shot Lethbridge 37-23. Power plays were good for both teams. The Canes went 2/6 with the man advantage and Spokane was 2/5. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to a league-worst 2-15-1-2 on the season. They've also lost 8 in a row. This was a very feisty game with a number of fights between these two clubs which meet just once each season.
Hurricanes Acquire Goaltender From Regina Pats
The Lethbridge Hurricanes have announced the acquisition of goaltender Teagan Sacher from the Regina Pats in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2015 WHl Bantam Draft. Sacher only played two games to start this season with the Pats as he was sidelined with a groin injury. Hurricanes GM Brad Robson says Sacher has very good stick skills, a quick glove hand, and is very agile. Robson plans to finalize the Hurricanes goaltending rotation within the next week as the club has Sacher, along with Corbin Boes and Chris Tai on the roster.
It's been a long few weeks at home for the Hurricanes, but this lengthy 8 game home stand will come to a close Saturday (Nov. 9) when they Canes welcome the Red Deer Rebels. This will be the first of six meetings this season between the two Central Division opponents. It's also military appreciation night as the Hurricanes will pay tribute to our great soldiers past and present just prior to puck drop. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game showon CJOC at 6:30. Immediately following that game, the Hurricanes will load the bud and head east to Brandon where they will play the Wheat Kings on Monday afternoon at 1:30 pm MST.