It didn't take long for the home team to get going in this game. 1:53 into the first period, Colby Cave put home a rebound off a two-on-one rush to give Swift Current a 1-0 lead. Just past the midway point, the Broncos would get another one. A point shot from Brett Lernout went off a Lethbridge player in front and deflected by Corbin Boes to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Swift Current held a slight 11-8 edge in shots on goal.
In the second, the Hurricanes would settle down nicely and come at the Broncos looking to get back in the game. The best chance of the period for Lethbridge came when Riley Sheen was left alone in front of the Swift Current goal, but fired it over an open goal with Eetu Laurikainen down and out in the crease. It looked as if that's the was the period was going to end, but in the final minute, for Hurricane Jay Merkley would scored his second goal of the season against his former club (the first coming in Lethbridge at the end of October) and that put the Broncos ahead 3-0 after 40 minutes of play. The shots favoured Swift Current 28-21.
In the third, the Hurricanes would try to get back in the game. With about 8:00 to go, Carter Folk sent the puck on goal and it got by an out of position Eetu Laurikainen to cut the Swift Current lead to 3-1. That was Folk's first-ever WHL goal. Lethbridge pulled the goaltender with just under two minutes remaining the Canes pulled the goaltender, but Graham Black would ice the game with an empty net goal and the Broncos would skate away with a 4-1 win. That victory gives Swift Current 12 wins at home this season, the first team in the WHL to hit that mark to this date. The Hurricanes continue to struggle, trying to find some wins. They have just one victory in their last 18 games after this loss in Swift Current. It drops their overall record to 3-23-2-2 on the season. Swift Current went 0/2 on the power play and Lethbridge 0/5. The Canes gave up 40+ shots again. The Broncos out shot the Canes 43-26 on the night.
Returning From Injury
The Hurricanes got some good news on the injury front Wednesday. Forwards Taylor Cooper and Russ Maxwelll returned from injury against the Broncos. Cooper had missed the last two weeks after being tripped up against Everett. He was taken off the ice in that game on a stretcher after hitting hard into the boards. Amazingly he wasn't hurt worse after watching what happened. A quick recovery for him. Maxwell missed the past two games with a lower body injury.
The Hurricanes next action is Friday (Dec. 6) when they play host to Prince Albert. This will be the second meeting of the season between these teams with PA winning the first game 8-2 in Prince Albert a few weeks ago. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pregame show on CJOC 6:30. It's also the Hurricanes annual Teddy Bear Toss game. On Saturday (Dec. 7) the Canes hea