LETHBRIDGE - The Swift Current Broncos scored three times in a very short span late in the second period as they came back to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-3 Saturday night.
The Hurricanes, for the first time in a while opened the scoring in a game. Tyler Wong walked in and rifled a wrist shot over the blocker of Landon Bow to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. That was Wong's 16th goal of the season. It was also the Canes first shot of the game. The Broncos had a few solid chances as well as the period moved along, but Teagan Sacher was solid in goal to keep the visitors off the score sheet. The Hurricanes held on to that 1-0 through 40 minutes of play. The shots favoured Swift Current 10-6.
In the second, the teams would exchange a total three goals in very short order. Swift Current tied the game at 1-1 when Jay Merkley hammered a shot off the crossbar and in to get the Broncos on the board. Lethbridge though restored its one goal lead literally seconds after that when Brady Ramsay snapped the puck by Landon Bow for his 14th goal of the season, giving the Canes a 2-1 lead. That didn't last long as the the Broncos came right back to tie the game again, this time a nice goal by Graham Black to even the score at 2-2. That was three goals in just 1:14 between the two clubs. The Broncos ended up blowing the game wide open with three goals late in the period over a span of just 92 seconds. Graham Black scored his second of the game to make it 3-2 Broncos. Then right after that, Jay Merkley fired home his 2nd of the game to make it a 4-2 game. Shortly after that Coda Gordon would get in on the action with a goal and just like that Swift Current opened things up with a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes of play. The Broncos held a 33-16 edge in shots.
In the third, the Hurricanes made a goalie change. Stuart Skinner came in to replace Teagan Sacher. This was Skinner's first-ever WHL action. The Hurricanes scored early in the period when Jamal Watson scored his team-leading 18th goal of season. That would cut the Broncos lead to 5-3. The Canes kept pushing to get back into the game, but on this night, that would be as close as they could manage to get. The loss was the Canes 11th in a row and drops their overall record to 12-52-2-3 in 69 games this season. The Broncos went 1/3 on the power play and Lethbridge 0/4. Swift Current out shot the Hurricanes 42-25.
Hurricanes This Week
Our second-last Hurricanes radio show hits the airwaves on CJOC Monday night (Mar. 10) at 7:00 pm MDT. On the show Fred Jack and I will be joined by Hurricanes Captain and overage forward Josh Derko, Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison, and Bob Ridley, the long time radio voice of the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The Hurricanes are down to their final three games in this WHL campaign. They travel to Calgary Tuesday (Mar. 11) to take on a very good Hitmen team at the Saddledome. Calgary has been a big fight for weeks with Edmonton for the number one overall spot in the Eastern Conference. The Canes will return home Friday (Mar. 14) to host Medicine Hat in their final home game of the season and then wrap things up Saturday (Mar. 15) against the Tigers again, this time in Medicine Hat.