LETHBRIDGE - The Victoria Royals scored three times in the second period as they skated away with a 6-1 victory at the ENMAX Centre Sunday afternoon.
You'd never would have known the Hurricanes were playing their 5th game in six days. The Canes came out with a fair bit of jump against the Victoria Royals and had several good scoring chances, but Coleman Vollrath came up with a number of key saves for the Royals. It stayed scoreless until the final few minutes of the period when Victoria scored a pair of goals. First Brandon Magee beat Teagan Sacher with a great shot on the power play to give the Royals a 1-0 lead and then just over a minute later the Royals would score again when Ryan Gagnon redirected a point shot to make it 2-0 Royals after one period of play. The Hurricanes held a 11-9 edge in shots.
In the second, the Royals would add to their lead. Austin Carroll scored a pretty goal on a tic-tac-toe play early in the period to make it 3-0 Victoria. The play appeared to off-side, but there was no whistle on the play and the goal stood. The Hurricanes though got that one back on a power play when Tyler Wong scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season to cut the Royals lead to 3-1. About 5 minutes later, Victoria would strike again when Ben Walker skated down the right wing and snapped a laser beam by Sacher to give Victoria a 4-1 lead and then before the end of the period, the Royals would extend their lead when Steven Hodges scored to make it 5-1 Victoria through two period of play. The Canes replaced Teagan Sacher who gave up 5 goals on 20 shots. Corbin Boes would come in and play the rest of the game.
In the third, the Royals kept the offence coming. Mitch Skapski drove hard down the right side and jammed the puck by Boes early in the period to give Victoria a 6-1 lead. The Canes would get a few more good scoring chances as the period moved along but that's as close as they would get in this game as Victoria would win it 6-1. Lethbridge out shot the Royals 31-30 in this game. The canes went 1/7 on the power play and Victoria 1/5. The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 5-27-2-3 in 37 games this season.
Hurricanes This Week
Our final Hurricanes This Week radio show on 2013 airs on Monday night (Dec. 16) on 94.1 CJOC. Joining Fred Jack and I in-studio will be Hurricanes President Brian McNaughton. We are always joined by the President in our final program prior to the Christmas break. We will try and touch on a number of topics in the 30 minutes he will be on the show. We also hope to have Jeff Holick, the radio voice of the Kootenay ICE. After this Monday we will take a two week break for the Christmas holidays and resume January 6, 2014 with our first program of the year. We have 10 shows scheduled in the final few months of the season concluding March 17th with our last show featuring the Media Roundtable.
The Hurricanes have one more game before the annual WHL Christmas break. They travel to Cranbrook on Tuesday (Dec. 17) where they will take on the Kootenay ICE. Kootenay currently sits in a battle for playoff positioning with several other teams in the WHL's Eastern Conference and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. They have 18 wins in 36 games this season. Game time from Cranbrook is 7:00 pm. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.