The newest member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes stopped 40 of 41 shots as the Canes beat the visiting Saskatoon Blades 4-1 Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.
Jayden Sittler was given the start in goal, a day after being acquired in a trade from Victoria. The Canes got off to a solid start too, scoring twice in the opening period and that at one point in the game taking a commanding 4-0 lead.
Tyler Wong got the Canes on the board with his 14th goal of the season at the 9:17 mark of the first period to give the home side a 1-0 lead. Before the end of the period, Giorgio Estephan scored his first of two on the night to give Lethbridge a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
In the second, the Canes would jump ahead 3-0, thanks to a goal from Kade Jensen at the 7:42 mark. That was a power play goal as well. That was the only offence of the period, giving the Canes a three goal lead heading into the third period.
In the final frame the two teams ended up trading goals. Giorgio Estephan scored his 6th goal of the season and second of the game to give the Canes a 4-0 lead. It looked as if Sittler, in his first game with the Hurricanes may be on his way to a shutout, but with about 9 minutes left in the game, Cameron Hebig scored to cut the Canes lead to 4-1, but that's as close as the Blades would get. The Hurricanes went on to win 4-1.
The victory ended a four game losing skid for Lethbridge and gives them double digit wins for the first time this season. Their record now sits at 10-23-3-3. Saskatoon out shot Lethbridge 41-34. The Canes went 1/4 on the power play and the Blades 0/4.
The Canes play game three of a four game home stand Saturday (Jan. 10) when they host the Calgary Hitmen. Game time is 7:00 pm MST from the ENMAX Centre.