The Canes left for B.C. a week ago riding high on a ten game winning streak and came home on a three game losing skid. The latest loss coming Tuesday night, 2-1 in Kelowna.
The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 36-15 on the season and for the first time in several weeks, it knocks the Canes out of first place in the WHL standings. With that win, the Rockets leapfrog Lethbridge by one point for top spot in the league.
This was actually a very close game from start to finish, both on the scoreboard and the shot clock.
The Rockets opened the scoring in this game. Tomas Soustal scored his first of two on the night, beating goaltender Stuart Skinner 7:40 into the first period to give Kelowna a 1-0 lead through one periods of play.
After a scoreless second period, the Rockets would add to their lead in the third, when Soustal scored his second of the game early in the final frame to make it a 2-0 lead in favour of the home team. Less than two minutes later though, the Hurricanes got that one back. Jordy Bellerive with his 4th of the season cut the Rockets lead to 2-1. Still with about 16:00 to go in the period, the Hurricanes pushed for the tying goal, but it wasn't in the cards. Kelwona would skate away with a 2-1 victory.
Both teams finished the game 0/2 on the power play. Lethbridge slightly out shot Kelowna 31-29 on the night.
It was a costly loss for the Hurricanes as well as they lost forward Giorgio Estephan for 3 to 6 weeks with a lower body injury. The team updated his status on Twitter Wednesday.
The Hurricanes return home Friday (Feb. 5) to host the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. They'll travel to Cranbrook Saturday (Feb. 6) to play the struggling Kootenay ICE.