LETHBRIDGE - The Vancouver Giants scored a pair of quick first period goals and that was the difference as the defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 Wednesday night.
The Vancouver Giants came out gunning at the ENMAX Centre in this game. Things stayed scoreless until just after the halfway mark when Vancouver would open the scoring with a pair of goals just 19 seconds apart. Teagan Sacher made a stop, but he didn't fully cover the puck. Travis McEvoy came in and tapped it into the goal to make it 1-0 Giants. Right after the draw from centre ice, Vancouver came straight down the ice and score again. Alec Baer put the puck by Sacher and just like that it was 2-0 Giants. That's the way the period ended. It was also a feisty period, featuring three fights. Vancouver held a 17-8 edge in shots on goal.
In the second, both clubs would get some quality scoring chances and late in the period the Hurricanes got back into the game, thanks to a power play goal. Carter Folk banged home his 3rd goal of the season, beating Jared Rathjen to cut the Vancouver lead to 2-1. With less than a minute remaining in the period, the Canes would take a penalty and the Giants would re-take a two goal lead. Carter Popoff, the Giants leading scorer buried one to make it 3-1 Vancouver after 40 minutes of play. The Canes were out shot 33-22 through two periods.
In the third, the Giants blew the game open with a couple of goals. Cain Franson scored to make it 4-1 Giants and then a few minutes later Joel Hamilton scored to give the visitors a commanding 5-1 lead. Lethbridge would get one more before the end of the game. Giorgio Estephan, on the power play notched his 11th goal of the season to make it 5-2 and that's as close as they would get in this game and the Giants would beat the Canes for the second time in a month. In the two games these clubs played this season, Vancouver beat Lethbridge by a combined score of 15-2. The Giants out shot Lethbridge 48-29 in this game. The Canes went 2/5 on the power play and Vancouver 1/4. The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 12-45-2-3 in 62 games this season.
Final Push at Home
The Hurricanes have just three remaining home games left. Their next action at home is March 7th when they host the Regina Pats. The Canes will also take on Swift Current March 8th and then play their final game of the season at the ENMAX Centre March 14th vs. Medicine Hat.
The Hurricanes have just 10 games to go in the season and hit the road for their next five straight. The Hurricanes will take on the rival Tigers in Medicine Hat on Saturday night. This will be one of three games these two clubs will play against each other in the last three weeks of the season. Game time is 7:30 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 7:00. The Hurricanes will then head off to Saskatchewan and Manitoba next week where they will play 4 games in 5 nights.