No stopping the Lethbridge Hurricanes heading into the WHL's Christmas break.
The Canes improved to 4-1 on a six game pre-Christmas road trip with a 3-1 victory at Rexall Place in Edmonton Friday night. The win keeps the Canes in a three way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with Red Deer and the Calgary Hitmen.
The difference in this game was really the first period when the Canes jumped out to a 2-0 lead, because that second goal turned out to be the game winner when it was all said and done. The Canes opened the scored at the 11:26 mark when Barrett Sheen scored his 3rd of the season making it 1-0 Lethbridge. The Hurricanes jumped ahead by a pair exactly two minutes later when Ryley Lindgren scored his 15th of the season. That made it 2-0 Hurricanes after 20 minutes of play.
In the second, the Oil Kings finally got on the score board. Brandon Baddock beat Stuart Skinner for what would be the only time in the game, cutting the Lethbridge lead to 2-1. There was no other scoring in the period.
In the third, Edmonton pushed for the tying goal, but Skinner and the Hurricanes managed to shut the door. The Canes iced this one when Andrew Nielsen scored his 9th of the season into an empty net with just a few seconds to go and the Hurricanes would skate away with a 3-1 victory.
The win improves their overall record to 23-11 on the season. Only the Kelowna Rockets in the West have a better record than the Hurricanes with one game left before the week-long Christmas break, a break the Canes have more than earned this season.
Edmonton out shot the Hurricanes 36-27 in this game. The Canes went 0/5 on the power play and Edmonton 0/3.
The Canes have a big game Saturday, closing out this road trip in Red Deer. The Hurricanes have two wins against the Rebels this season already, both coming in Lethbridge. This will be a big test for the Canes, playing in Red Deer, this season's home of the Memorial Cup coming up in May. After Saturday's game, the Hurricanes don't play again until December 27th when they travel to Medicine Hat to take on the rival Tigers.