Ryan Vandervlis and Cory Millette each scored twice as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-1 Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The victory put the breaks to a three game losing skid for the Canes and improves their overall record to 37-15 on the season. It also vaults the Hurricanes a point ahead of Kelowna again for top spot in the WHL standings.
This was a scoreless game until the final few minutes of the first period. The Canes got on the board first with about 1:30 to go in the opening period when Ryan Vandervlis scored his first of two in the game to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. It was his 4th of the season and gave the Canes the lead heading into the dressing room after one period of play.
In the second, Moose Jaw tied things up. 46 seconds into the period, Brayden Point beat Stuart Skinner making it a 1-1 game. For the visitors, that would the only offence they'd be able to muster up on this night. Lethbridge regained its one goal lead when Cory Millette scored midway through the period to make it 2-1 Canes. That was his first of two in the game and 23rd of the season. The Canes took a one goal lead into the final period.
In the third, Millette added his second of the game and 24th of the season just 21 seconds into the period giving the Canes a 3-1 lead and a little insurance as well. It remained that way until the final couple of minutes when the Hurricanes added a pair of quick goals right near the end of the game. Bryaden Burke scored his 19th of the season into an empty net and the Ryan Vandervlis with his second of the game and 5th of the season a few seconds later and the Hurricanes skated away with a 5-1 win.
Lethbridge out shot Moose Jaw 31-20 in this game. Stuart Skinner, the WHL's goalie of the month for January, earned the win between the pipes. The Canes went 0/2 on the power play and the Warriors 0/4.
The Hurricanes next action is Saturday in Cranbrook. It'll be first against worst in this game as the ICE have the WHL's worst record with only 8 wins in 52 games this season. Their streak of 17 straight seasons making the playoffs will be coming to an end this year. The Hurricanes though can't take this club lightly. On paper, it should be a walk in the park for Lethbridge, but again never underestimate your opponent!
After Saturday's game, the Hurricanes are back home Wednesday (Feb. 10) when they host the Saskatoon Blades.