CRANBROOK, BC. - Reid Duke scored the only goal in the a shoot out as the Lethbridge Hurricanes came back to beat the Kootenay ICE 5-4 Tuesday night in Cranbrook.
A wild and crazy opening period of this hockey game between the Kootenay ICE and Lethbridge Hurricanes. The two teams combined for 5 goals in the opening 10:04. Kootenay jumped ahead 2-0 early with two goals on their first 4 shots when Luke Phillp and Kyle O'Connor scored. The Hurricanes, seconds later scored their first of the game, when Riley Sheen potted his 8th goal of the season beating ICE goaltender Wyatt Hoflin. That cut the Kootenay lead to 2-1, but literally seconds later Kootenay would regain the two goal lead when Luke Phillp scored his second of the night putting the puck by Corbin Boes to make it 3-1. That was 3 goals on 6 shots for the ICE. The Canes settled down after that and eventually came back to tie the game before the end of the period. At the 10:04 mark, Kolten Olynek scored his 2nd of the season to make it 3-2 lead in favour of the ICE and then a couple of minutes later on a power play, Reid Duke wired a shot, scoring his 8th goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3. That's the way the period would end. The Hurricanes held a 14-12 edge in shots on goal.
In the second, the goal scoring fest came to an abrupt halt. The game remained tied at 3-3 until late in the period when Tim Bozon ripped a shot off the crossbar and in giving Kootenay a 4-3 lead. That would be the only offence in the period. The Canes hit one goal post in the period, while the ICE two. Kootenay would take that one goal lead into the dressing room through 40 minutes of play. They also held a 22-20 edge in shots.
In the third, the Hurricanes would press hard for the equalizer and with just under 10 minutes to go in the period, they'd find the tying goal. Giorgio Estephan, right off a face-off scored his 6th goal of the season to tie the game at 4-4. That ended up sending this one into sudden death overtime. The extra period solved nothing, so we'd go to a shoot out to decide winner. Through three rounds, the only players to score was Reid Duke, the last player to shoot and the Hurricanes would skate away with a 5-4 victory. The win improves the Canes record to 6-27-2-3 in 38 games this season. Lethbridge went 1/1 on the power play and Kootenay 0/5. The Hurricanes also out shot the ICE 37-35.
On behalf of myself and Colour Analyst Fred Jack, thank you for reading this blog and listening to our radio broadcasts of Hurricanes hockey throughout the years. Your support is greatly appreciated. We wish you all the best for a safe, happy, and healthy Christmas season and all the best in 2014!
The Hurricanes get a much-needed 10 day break for the Christmas holidays. The Canes will come back and resume practising on Boxing Day as the post-Christmas schedule gets underway for this team on December 27th and 28th (Fri & Sat) with a home-and-away series with rival Medicine Hat. This will be the first time these two Highway 3 rivals hook up since opening weekend of the season when the Tigers swept both games. In total, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat play 8 times a season so they'll see each a fair bit in the second half of the season. Game time on the 27th in 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.