Three players scored their first-ever Western Hockey League goals as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the visiting Kootenay ICE 6-3 Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The ICE opened the scoring in this game when Austin Vetterl beat goalie Jayden Sittler late in the period to make it 1-0. That didn't last long because less than 30 second later the Hurricanes tied the game at 1-1 when Zane Franklin scored his first WHL goal. It was a wild minute or so of hockey. Less than 20 second after that, right off the face-off the ICE regained the lead courtesy of Sam Reinhart. That made it 2-1 Kootenay after 20 minutes.
In the second, the Canes got back to even terms quickly, thanks to Brayden Burke's first WHL goal. That tied things at 2-2. Just past the mid-way point in the game the Hurricanes took their first lead of the night. Tyler Wong put home his 21st goal of the season, giving Lethbridge a 3-2 lead after two periods.
In the third, The Canes kept the offence coming. Pavel Skumatov scored his 4th goal of the season to put the home side ahead by a pair of goals, 4-2. Two minutes after that, Giorgio Estephan got in on the action, scoring his 11th of the season, making it 5-2 Hurricanes. Keeping with the night of firsts, Brandon Kennedy scored his first goal in the WHL as well later in the period, putting the Canes in the driver's seat 6-2. Before the game ended, the ICE would get one more, a power play goal from Tim Bozon but that's as close as they would get in this one. The Hurricanes skated away with a 6-3 win and full value for the victory.
Jayden Sittler was again solid in goal as the ICE out shot Lethbridge 41-24. The Hurricanes went 0/1 on the power play and the ICE 1/4.
The victory ties the Canes entire win total of last season, improving their record this year to 12-29-3-3in 27 games. The Hurricanes next action is Friday (Jan. 30) when they host the WHL-leading Kelowna Rockets.