Saturday, 31 October 2015

Kamloops Snaps Canes Win Streak

As it's been said many times, all good things have to come to an end.

Seven different players lit the red light as the Kamloops Blazers beat the streaking Hurricanes 7-3 Friday. The loss ends what was a very impressive 8 game winning streak for Lethbridge. Stuart Skinner had a rough night between the pipes allowing 6 of the 7 Kamloops goals.

The Blazers got things going just 33 seconds into the game when Jesse Zaharichuk scored to make it 1-0 Kamloops. The Hurricanes did get that one back when Giorgio Estephan scored his 5th of season, on a power play to tie the contest at 1-1. Kamloops though took over after that. Quinn Benjafield regained a one goal lead for the home team with his first of the season to make it 2-1 Blazers and then before the end of the period a couple of quick goals just over a minute apart from Matt Revel and Garrett Pilon would put Kamloops in the driver's seat, leading 4-1. The Canes got one more before the buzzer sounded. Giorgio Estephan with his second of the night and 6th of the year to cut the lead to 4-2 after 20 minutes of play.

In the second, Kamloops scored three more times. Colin Shirley, Nick Chyzowski, and Gage Quinney all got onto the score sheet for the Blazers who extended their lead to 7-2 after two period of play. Skinner was pulled after the 6th Kamloops goal and Jayden Sittler finished the rest of the game in goal for Lethbridge.

In the third, the Hurricanes scored the only goal, when Riley Lindgren notched his 9th of the year, but that's as close as the Canes would get in this one, losing 7-3. This was the most goals the Hurricanes gave up in one game in the first 13 games this season. The loss drops their overall record to 10-3.

Kamloops was all over the Canes in this game, holding a 38-22 edge in shot on goal when it was all said and done. The Canes went 1/3 on the power play and Kamloops 1/4.

The Hurricanes will take on the Rockets in Kelowna Saturday (Oct. 31) before getting three days off before playing in Prince George next Tuesday.



  1. When they Pulled Skinner the First time, thought that was a good call. He looked Shakey. Then it all went south after Skinner goes back in. Wasn't the Canes night at all. Hopefully things go better tonight.

  2. Hopefully this will remind Skinner that the best player in the NHL nets is also the hardest working one.

    Just unlucky game 13, that is all. Next streak begins for 10.

    On an unrelated, yet much more disturbing subject than the present Hurricane single game loss, while scanning channels looking for the Flames/Oilers game, I see that there is pretty much a packed house at the Enmax tonight to watch figure skating.

    I reluctantly acknowledge that this is the best of the better in the "sport," however, VERY sad state of affairs for hockey in Lethbridge when the Canes are playing their best hockey in years, and yet people flock to watch "men's" international figure skating, and only trickle in for the Canadian lads that work so hard and do so much to support this community. (My sympathies to the males in the crowd on leashes that had to sit there and suffer through that... ...whatever it is)

    Menno Donwerpics

  3. It all went south after Skinner goes back in? It was a poorly played game from the opening face-off.