The Lethbridge Hurricanes put the breaks to a three game losing skid with a 5-2 home ice win over Seattle Friday.
Five different goal scorers lead the way for Lethbridge, coupled with some strong goaltending from Stuart Skinner.
The visitors opened the scoring in this game. Alexander True scored a shorthanded goal less than three minutes into the contest to give Seattle an early 1-0 lead. That didn't last long because less than a minute later, the Hurricanes ended up getting that back on a power play, thanks to the Russian Egor Babenko. He scored his 8th of the season to tie the score at 1-1. That would be the score after 20 minutes of play.
In the second the Hurricanes took things over. Just 55 seconds into the period, Riley Lindgren gave Lethbridge a 2-1 lead with his 10th of the season. Less than five minutes later the Canes would go up by a pair. Cory Millette getting in on the action, with his 6th of the year and the home side jumped ahead 3-1. Before the end of the period though, the Thunderbirds got one back when Ryan Gropp scored to cut the Canes lead to 3-2 after two.
In third, the Hurricanes put this one to bed. Giorgio Estephan with an early goal at the 1:24 mark, his 7th of the season to make it 4-2 Lethbridge and then before it was all said and done, Arvin Atwal put home his 3rd of the year on a power play to make it 5-2 Canes and that's the way this one would end.
Lethbridge played well overall and out shot Seattle 32-24. The Canes power play was very good going 2/3 on the night, while Seattle finished the game 0/3 with a shorthanded goal. In fact the Hurricanes have the number one power play in the Western Hockey League through 16 games, clicking at 30.7%. That's That's 23 goals on 75 man advantage opportunities. The win improves the Hurricanes record to 11-5 on the season, that could enough for 4th place in the Eastern Conference and 2nd place in the Central Division, four points back of Red Deer with two games in hand on the Rebels as well.
The Canes will try and string together another win streak Saturday (Nov. 7) when they host Kootenay. The ICE have the WHL's worst record with only 4 wins in 18 games this season. Kootenay did win Friday when they beat Medicine Hat. The Tigers by the way have also had a rough go this season with only 5 wins in 14 outings. All teams are now at or just getting to the quarterway point in the season. The Hurricanes current position in the WHL standings is very respectable to say the least.
The Canes game against Kootenay is a 7:00 pm MST start from the ENMAX Centre Saturday. After that the Canes hit the road again, this time out east next week for games in Brandon, Regina, and Moose Jaw.