Stuart Skinner made a triumphant return to the Lethbridge Hurricanes line-up, stopping 37 shots to earn his first-ever Western Hockey League shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
Skinner was away at the U-17's for two weeks and then suffered an injury in Hurricanes practice when he got back, sidelining him for two weeks. He made his presence felt, helping his team end what was a long nine game losing streak.
The game winner in this hockey game actually came just 60 seconds into the contest when Captain Jamal Watson scored his 11th goal of the season to put Lethbridge up 1-0 early. That turned out to be all the scoring in the first 20 minutes.
In the second, the Canes scored their second of the night late in the period, thanks to Andrew Neilsen's power play goal at 19:04. That gave the Canes a 2-0 lead through two periods of play.
In third period, Jamal Watson notched his second of the game and 12th of the season at 12:34 to put the Hurricanes ahead 3-0 and then with just over two minutes left in the game, Jaeger White scored his first of the season to ice the game for Lethbridge and the Hurricanes would go on to win 4-0.
Vancouver out shot Lethbridge 37-34. Skinner was perfect on the night turning away every puck directed his way. The Hurricanes improve to 6-15-3-1 on the season. It was their first win in just under a month.
The Canes now hit the road for a pair of games south of the border. They'll take on the Americans in Tri-City Friday (Nov. 28) and then in Spokane Saturday (Nov. 29). The Canes don't play again at home until next Saturday (Dec. 6) when they host Red Deer for their annual Teddy Bear & Toque Toss game.