CRANBROOK, BC -Sam Reinhart had a three point night as the Kootenay ICE beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-2 Saturday night.
The Kootenay ICE opened the scoring in this game. Rinat Valiev took a great pass from Sam Reinhart and he buried behind Teagan Sacher to give the ICE a 1-0 lead. Before the end of the period the Hurricanes would even the score with a power play goal. Bryton Sayers' point shot was deflected in by Reid Duke, his 12th goal of the season and that tied things up at 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. The Canes had a number of great scoring chances in the first period and out shot Kootenay 19-7.
In the second, the ICE would regain their one goal lead. Jagger Dirk cashed in a rebound from behind the goal to give the home team a 2-1 lead and then a few minutes the ICE made good on a power play. A great passing play between Jaedon Descheaaneau and Sam Reinhart resulted in Reinhart scoring a pretty goal. That made it 3-1 ICE. It was also Reinhart's 3rd point of the hockey game. Through 40 minutes of play the Hurricanes held a slight 25-23 edge in shots on goal.
In the third, the ICE would increase their lead when Luke Philp got in on the offence with a nice backhander, beating Sacher on the short side. That made it 4-1 Kootenay. Things started to get a little rough a few minutes later as the penalty parade started for both teams. That Canes were given a power play for 4 minutes. Riley Sheen ripped home his 14th goal of the season to cut the ICE lead to 4-2. After that Sheen skated over the Kootenay penalty box, which was full at the time, and let them know he was upset. He was given a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for that. The Canes pulled the goalie later on to try and come back from the two goal deficit, but that's as close as they would get and the ICE would win the game 4-2. The final shots ended even at 34-34 in this one. Lethbridge went 2/7 on the power play and Kootenay 1/4. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 11-41-2-3 in 57 games this season. This was another chippy affair between these two Central Division rivals. There were several penalties called in this game against both clubs.
Hurricanes This Week
Our weekly Hurricanes radio show is back on the radio Monday night (Feb.10). Fred Jack and I will be joined by General Manager Brad Robson. We will talk with Bruce Luebke, the radio voice of the Brandon Wheat Kings as well. We only have five Hurricanes This Week radio shows left on CJOC. The program starts at 7:00 pm MST.
The Hurricanes are down to their final 15 games. They return home for their next three games. Wednesday the Brandon Wheat Kings pay a visit to the ENMAX Centre. This game will mark the return of Ryan Pilon to Lethbridge for the first time since he was dealt to the Wheaties a few months ago. Brandon is having a solid season and currently sit in 1st place in the East Division. On Friday (Feb. 14) then Canes will play host the Moose Jaw Warriors and then on Saturday (Feb.15) the Calgary Hitmen come to town. Game time for all three games is 7:00 pm MST.