LETHBRIDGE - The Kootenay ICE exploded for five goals in the first period as they easily skated by the Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-1 Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes were able to hold the ICE off for the first five or so minutes, but the visitors did end up striking first on the score board. Luke Philp scored for Kootenay to give the ICE a 1-0 lead. In the last half of the period, the ICE would keep the offence coming in a big way with four more goals in the final 7:30. Jaedon Descheneau, who's been red hot all season scored his 35th goal of the year to give the ICE a 2-0 lead. A few minutes later Kootenay would go on the power play, when Sam Reinhart hammered home a shot, beating Jonny Hogue to make it 3-0 Kootenay. The Canes got one of those back right off the draw at centre ice when Riley Sheen was sprung free and he beat Mackenzie Skapski to cut the ICE lead to 3-1. That was Sheen's 13th goal of the season. Kootenay though would get two more before the end of the period to take a commanding lead. Tim Bozon was set up with a one-timer and ripped a shot by Hogue to make it 4-1 and then shortly after Luke Philp notched his 2nd of the night to make it 5-1 Kootenay after 20 minutes play. The ICE out shot Lethbridge 17-11.
In the second, the ICE would add to their already sizable lead. The Canes started the period with a goaltending change and Kootenay managed to get to Teagan Sacher early. That goal made it 6-1 ICE. After that though, Sacher settled in and was brilliant for the remainder of the period. Kootenay continued to pepper shots at the Lethbridge goal and Sacher was solid the rest of the way. The score remained 6-1 ICE after 40 minutes of play. Kootenay fired 19 shots at Sacher in that period and held a 36-18 edge shots.
In the third, the ICE would add to their lead. Tim Bozon would complete the hatrick when he beat Teagan Sacher with a shot over the glove hand. That gave the ICE a 7-1 lead. Before the end of the game Kootenay made it 8-1 with a goal by Zach Franko. That would be it and that would end what was a rough night for the home town Lethbridge Hurricanes. The ICE out shot the Lehbridge Hurricanes 43-24. The ICe went 1/4 on the power play and Lethbridge 0/3. The loss drops the Canes overall record to 11-40-2-3 in 56 games this season.
The Hurricanes have 16 games remaining in this 2013-2014 WHL season. Their next action is on the road Saturday (Feb. 8) when they play the back end of this home-and-home set against the Kootenay ICE, this time in Cranbrook. This will be the final meeting of the season between the Canes and ICE. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes return home next week for three games at the ENMAX Centre: Wednesday (Feb. 12) vs. Brandon, Friday (Feb. 14) vs. Moose Jaw, Saturday (Feb. 15) vs. Calgary.