LETHBRIDGE - A huge first period powered the visiting Tri-City Americans past the Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-1 Saturday night at the ENMAX Centre.
Not a good start for the Hurricanes in this game. Less than three minutes into the game, the Americans struck twice. Brian Williams made it 1-0 Americans with an early power play goal and then 22 seconds later, Marcus Messier made it 2-0 Tri-City. That was two goals on just 4 shots to open the game. The visitors kept it coming too. They made it 3-0 before the game was even 10 minutes old. Six minutes later the Americans would get another power play and they would make good on that. Parker Bowles beat Corbin Boes to give the Ams a big lead. That would be it for Boes who surrendered 3 goals on 8 shots. Chris Tai would come in to replace Boes for the rest of the game. It didn't take long for Tri-City to get to him. Shortly after the goalie change, Tri-City would go ahead 4-0 when Devon McAndrews found the back of the net. The Canes got into some more penalty trouble late in the period, when the Americans were given a lengthy 5-on-3 power play, but Lethbridge managed to kill that off. Tri-City took a sizable 4-0 lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes. The shots were 15-7 Americans.
In the second, an entirely different Lethbridge team. The Hurricanes came out with a revamped mindset down 4-0. They would start throwing pucks at the Tri-City goal and 6 minutes into the period, the Canes would get on the board when Kolten Olynek tipped home his first goal of the season to cut the Amercians lead to 4-1. Before the end of the period though, the Ams would restore their four goal advantage, when Jessey Astles scored making it 5-1 Tri-City after 40 minutes of play. The shots very close in this game, 24-23 Americans.
In the third, the Americans would increase their lead when Ty Comrie snapped a knuckleball shot by Chris Tai. That made it 6-1 for the visitors. Tri-City would add two more before this one would end. Jessey Astles would score his 2nd of the night on yet another power play to make it 7-1 and then before the final buzzer sounded, former Hurricanes Phil Tot scored to give Tri-City an 8-1 lead and that's the way this game would end. The Canes continue to struggle. They've now given up 85 goals this season, the most in the WHL. They've also scored the least at 41 goals for. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 2-12-1-2 on the season in 17 games. Lethbridge went 0/6 on the power play and Tri-City 3/6. The Americans out shot the Canes 39-26.
The Hurricanes will continue this 8 game homestand Sunday afternoon when they host the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings. The Wheaties have been on a road trip to the US the past week or so and are making their way back to Manitoba. Brandon is off a decent start this season, sitting around the .500 mark. This will mark the first game Hurricanes goalie Corbin Boes will play against his former team since he was dealt to Lethbridge at the Bantam draft for the 6th overall pick. The Canes and Wheat Kings will meet again next week, in yet another matinee game, this time is Brandon on Remembrance Day afternoon (Monday, Nov. 11). Sunday's game at the ENMAX Centre is a 2:00 pm MST time face-off. The pre-game show on CJOC at 1:30. It's the first time the Canes have a had an early afternoon start at home in several season.