LETHBRIDGE -The Kelowna Rockets scored twice late in the second and two more times in the third as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-1 Friday night.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes opened the scoring in this game against the high-powered Kelowna Rockets. Half way through the first period Giorgio Estephan tapped home his 8th goal of the season to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the final few minutes of the period when Nick Merkley took a great feed and snapped a shot over goalie Jonny Hogue with 1:05 remaining to even up the score at 1-1. Kelowna held a 14-10 edge in shots on goal after 20 minutes. Hogue came up with three very good stops for the Hurricanes in that period.
In the second, the Hurricanes had some golden chances to regain their one goal lead with three power plays in the period, but they were unable score. Things remained tied up at 1-1 until the final 1:15. The Rockets ended up with a power play when Myles Bell fired home a shot, beating Jonny Hogue to give Kelowna a 2-1 lead. Then with 10 seconds to go, Ryan Olsen lifted a backhanded past Hogue to put the visitors ahead 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. Kelowna held a slight 23-22 edge in shots.
In the third, the Rockets would score a couple of more goals to put this game to rest.. Jeese Lees scored to make it 4-1 Kelowna and then about four minutes after that, Damon Severson ripped a shot by Hogue to make it 5-1 Rockets. That was it for this game. The Rockets would skate away with their 18th win in their last 20 games. Despite the loss, the Hurricanes out shot Kelowna 34-30. The loss drops the Canes record to 9-31-2-3 in 45 games this season. The Canes power play let them down in this game. They finished the night 0/6 on the man advantage while the Rockets were 1/1.
McColgan on Waivers
General Manager Brad Robson joined me during the second intermission Friday to talk about trade deadline. He says Shane McColgan, who the Hurricanes acquired rights to from Portland this week was put on and cleared waivers Friday night. Robson says McColgan will now likely play in the BCHL. His Junior "A" rights are held by the Vernon Vipers. Teams are only allowed to carry three overage players. This leaves Lethbridge with Brady Ramsay, Seth Swenson, and Josh Derko as the team's 20 year olds for the rest of the year. Robson also said Derko had knee surgery this week and could be pack in sometime in the next 4 to 5 weeks if all goes well.
The Hurricanes are back on home ice tomorrow (Jan. 11) when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Canes have one victory in three games this season against their Central Division opponents. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes will play host to the rival Medicine Hat Tigers on Tuesday (Jan. 14) After that, it's on the road for 5 straight games.