BRANDON, MB. - The Brandon Wheat Kings scored four times in the second period as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-2 Wednesday night.
A very decent opening period for the Lethbridge Hurricanes in this game. They were the better team for most of the opening 20 minutes, but unfortunately it was the Brandon which got things going. Eric Roy hammered a shot by Jonny Hogue to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Canes were able to shake that off. Late in the period, they evened the score on a two-on-one rush. Carter Folk's pass went off a Brandon defender and past goalie Curtis Honey to even the score at 1-1 after one period of play. The Canes had some very good chances. They out shot the Wheat Kings 16-10.
In the second, the Wheat Kings would take advantage of a double minor for high sticking called against Canes forward Tyler Wong. In the last half of the power play, Rene Hunter blasted a point shot, beating a screened Jonny Hogue to make it 2-1 Brandon. The Wheaties added three more before the end of the period. Jayce Hawryluk with a great slap shot on yet another power play to give Brandon a 3-1 lead. Just over a minute after that Rihards Bukarts made it 4-1 Wheaties halfway through the second period. Brandon added one more when Jens Meilleur beat Hogue after a great pass from Ryan Pulock. That made it 5-1 Wheat Kings after 40 minutes of play. The home team made some big adjustments after lack-luster first period. They hammered 23 shots on goal in that period and held a 33-25 edge after 40 minutes of play.
In the third, the Wheaties extended their lead once again. Jayce Hawryluk early in the period, less than a minute in snapped one by Hogue. The Hurricanes ended up scoring one more before the final buzzer sounded. Tyler Wong with a nice back-hander, scoring his 15th of the season to cut Brandon's lead to 6-2. That's the way this game would end. Brandon out shot Lethbridge 46-38. The Wheaties went 2/5 on the power play and the Canes 1/3. The Hurricanes have now lost seven games in a row and this loss drops their overall record to 12-48-2-3 in 65 games this season. The Canes have also given up 319 goals this season, the most out of any team in the WHL.
It's down to the final 7 games for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. They get Thursday off for a travel day back east. The Canes play game three of this four game road trip Friday (Feb. 29) when they take on the Warriors in Moose Jaw. This will be the last meeting of the season between the teams. Game time is 6:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 5:30. The road trip ends Saturday (Mar. 1) when they travel to Swift Current. Lethbridge has three remaining games at home. They're back Friday (Mar. 7) to host Regina and Saturday (Mar. 8) when Swift Current comes to town.