The Lethbridge Hurricanes opened the offensive flood gates Friday night as seven different goal scorers did the damage against the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers.
The Canes special teams continues to be huge this early in the season. Again both the power play and penalty kill stood out in this game. Lethbridge got things going with a power play marker, 7:28 into the game when Riley Lindgren scored his second of the season to make it 1-0. That actually ended up being the game winner. It stayed that way until the final minute of the period when leading goal scorer, Tyler Wong put home his 8th of the season, shorthanded to give the Canes a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play.
In the second period, the Canes scored a quick one. Justin Gutierrez with his 3rd of the season, just 1:27 into the period to make it 3-0 Lethbridge. At the midway point in the period, the Canes struck again. Andrew Nielsen put home his 3rd of the year on yet another Lethbridge power play to make it a 4-0 game. The Hurricanes weren't done there. Another Medicine Hat power play turned in another shorthanded goal for the Hurricanes. Carter Folk scored his first of the season at the 13:00 mark to give the Canes a 5-0 lead and then before the end of the period Giorgio Estephan got in on the action, scoring his 2nd of the season. That made it 6-0 and capped off a four goal second period for the home side.
In third, the Hurricanes kept it going. Just 15 seconds into the period, Russian Egor Babenko, who's been a very pleasant surprise so far this season, scored his 3rd of the year. That made it 7-0 and that would be the end of this one. The Canes rolled over Medicine Hat earning their 4th win in 6 games this season.
Jayden Sittler, who's been the most steady of the two goaltenders for the Hurricanes as of late, earned the shutout. The Canes out shot the Tigers 28-23. Lethbridge went 2 for 8 on the power play including two shorthanded goals while the Tigers went 0/7. The win improves the Canes overall record to 4-2 on the season.
Through six games this season, the Hurricanes have one of the best special teams in the WHL. They are ranked third best on the power play overall at 30.6% and their penalty kill is ranked in the middle of the pack at 72.7%. They've also scored three shorthanded goals, the most in the Westerrn Hockey League.
The Canes next action is Wednesday (Oct. 14) when they play host to the Regina Pats. Game is 7:00 pm MDT from the ENMAX Centre.