The Lethbridge Hurricanes saw a 2-0 lead slip away against the WHL's top team in Kelowna Saturday night and when it was all said and done, the Rockets would storm back and beat thee struggling Canes 4-2.
Despite being on opposite ends of the standings, the Hurricanes played the Rockets close all night long. In fact this was the closest game the Canes have played in that Okanagan city is quite some time.
The game was scoreless after the first period, but the Hurricanes got off to an explosive start in the second with a pair of goal less than a minute in. Taylor Copper got the Canes on the score board when he scored his first of the season at the 17 second mark of the period to Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. That was followed up just 23 second later with another goal, this time off the stick of Zane Jones. That was his 4th goal of the season for the 20 year old and gave the visitors a quick 2-0 lead to start the period.
The Rockets got one of those back with about 6 minutes to go in the second when Tyson Baillie scored to cut the Lethbridge lead to 2-1 after one. That goal also seemed to give Kelowna the momentum heading into the final period.
It remained a one goal game until the final few minutes of the third period when the Rockets scored three times to storm back and win the game. Madison Bowey tied things at 2-2 with a goal at the 16:23 mark and then just 14 seconds later, right off the draw at centre ice, the Rockets would take the lead for the first time when Justin Kirkland beat Zac Robidoux to give the home team a 3-2 lead. The Hurricanes pulled the goalie to try and get the equalizer, but it wouldn't happen on this night. Tyson Baillie scored his second of the game into an empty net and the Rockets would skate off with a 4-2 win. Kelowna remains unbeaten on the season with a perfect 8-0 record. The loss drops the Canes to 1-6-0-1 in 8 games on the season. They sit second last in the WHL standings, one point up on Saskatoon.
The Rockets out shot Lethbridge 35-28 in this game. Both teams finished the night 0/4 on the power play.
The Hurricanes are back home for their next few games. They host the visiting Victoria Royals on Friday night (Oct. 17) and then Saturday (Oct. 18) the Regina Pats come to town. Both games are 7:00pm MDT starts at the ENMAX Centre.