Just like the last number of games, the Hurricanes opposition would open the scoring. Swift Current defenceman Julius Honka floated a point shot which beat a screened Jonny Hogue, giving the Broncos a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, Swift Current added another. Graham Black wired a shot to make it 2-0. Then less than two minutes after that, Julius Honka scored his 2nd of the game to put the Broncos ahead 3-0. That was it for goalie Jonny Hogue who allowed 3 goals on just 10 shots. Teagan Sacher replaced him in goal and that appeared to light a fire under the Hurricanes. Lethbridge came storming back with three goals in the final 6:30 to even the score. Lenny Hackman scored his 2nd of the season, then Jamal Watson stole the puck while shorthanded and he snapped home his 17th of the season to cut the Broncos lead to 3-2. That was the Canes 2nd shorthanded goal of the year. In the final minute of the period, the Hurricanes tied the game when Carter Folk knocked in his 5th of the season and the game would go from a 3-0 Swift Current lead to a 3-3 tie after 20 minutes of play. The shots favoured the Broncos 14-12.
In the second, the Broncos would regain the lead when Andrew Johnson snapped home a shot, beating Sacher to make a 4-3 game in favour of Swift Current. Before the end of the period the Broncos scored once more, this time a power play goal by Dillon Heatherington. The goal had to go to video review before it was confirmed to be a good goal. It was and Swift Current would grab a 5-3 lead heading into the dressing room after 40 minutes of play. The shots favoured Swift Current 27-17.
In the third, the Broncos kept the offence coming. Jake DeBrusk, 2:11 into the period, hammered the puck by Sacher to give Swifty a 6-3 lead early in the period. The Canes got one of those back when Michael Holub tucked in his 2nd goal of the year to cut the lead to 6-4. The Canes pulled the goalie in the final few minutes, but Colby Cave iced the game with an empty netter and the Broncos skated away with a 7-4 victory. Swift Current out shot Lethbridge 42-30 in this game. The Canes went 0/7 on the power play and the Broncos 1/5.
The Hurricanes have now lost nine games in a row with just five games left in the season. This loss sees their overall record fall to 12-50-2-3 in 67 games this season. This year will already go down as the least amount of wins in franchise history. Prior to this season, the least amount of victories for Lethbridge Hurricanes came in the 1987-88 and 2009-10 season when the club had only 20.
Hurricanes This Week
We are down to our final three radio shows on CJOC. Coming up on Monday (Mar. 3) Fred Jack and I will be joined by Head Coach Drake Berehowsky, Hurricanes overage forward Brady Ramsay, and Shawn Mullin, the radio voice of the Swift Current Broncos. The show airs at 7:00 pm MST.
The Hurricanes will now remain in southern Alberta for the remainder of this WHL season. With just five games to go, the Canes will play their next two at home on Friday (Mar. 7) and Saturday (Mar. 8) when they host Regina and Swift Current respectively. Both games at 7:00 pm MST starts on CJOC. Then he's Eason wraps up the following week with games in Calgary and the back to back against rival Medicine Hat to close out the 72 Western Hockey League schedule.