Thursday, 29 January 2015

Canes Down Visiting ICE 6-3

Three players scored their first-ever Western Hockey League goals as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the visiting Kootenay ICE 6-3 Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.

The ICE opened the scoring in this game when Austin Vetterl beat goalie Jayden Sittler late in the period to make it 1-0. That didn't last long because less than 30 second later the Hurricanes tied the game at 1-1 when Zane Franklin scored his first WHL goal. It was a wild minute or so of hockey. Less than 20 second after that, right off the face-off the ICE regained the lead courtesy of Sam Reinhart. That made it 2-1 Kootenay after 20 minutes.

In the second, the Canes got back to even terms quickly, thanks to Brayden Burke's first WHL goal. That tied things at 2-2. Just past the mid-way point in the game the Hurricanes took their first lead of the night. Tyler Wong put home his 21st goal of the season, giving Lethbridge a 3-2 lead after two periods.

In the third, The Canes kept the offence coming. Pavel Skumatov scored his 4th goal of the season to put the home side ahead by a pair of goals, 4-2. Two minutes after that, Giorgio Estephan got in on the action, scoring his 11th of the season, making it 5-2 Hurricanes. Keeping with the night of firsts, Brandon Kennedy scored his first goal in the WHL as well later in the period, putting the Canes in the driver's seat 6-2.  Before the game ended, the ICE would get one more, a power play goal from Tim Bozon but that's as close as they would get in this one. The Hurricanes skated away with a 6-3 win and full value for the victory.

Jayden Sittler was again solid in goal as the ICE out shot Lethbridge 41-24. The Hurricanes went 0/1 on the power play and the ICE 1/4.

The victory ties the Canes entire win total of last season, improving their record this year to 12-29-3-3in 27 games. The Hurricanes next action is Friday (Jan. 30) when they host the WHL-leading Kelowna Rockets.



  1. Great Game by the Hurricanes combined with poor effort by the Ice. Gotta say watching the game that was the worst officiating I've seen this year. That goal called off was brutal. Nice to see Estephan Picking up his game with Anholt. Keep it up Canes!!!!!

  2. The line of Estephan, Burke and Wong continue to lead the points parade for the Canes. In the month of January that line has tallied 45 total points. In January Burke is 3-13 with 3 multiple point games, Wong is 8-4 and since December 14th Estephan has registered 11-20
    in 17 games.
    All is quiet on the western front! With the WHL board of governors' meeting this weekend in Vegas, there has been complete silence from the Hurricanes BOD in regards to a shareholder meeting of any kind.....mid-season shareholder, meeting with WHL commissioner Rob Robison, not a peep. One wonders just what is going on behind closed doors again. Trouble with silence, it leads to a deafening roar of rumors, conjecture, and unanswered questions.

    Canes will now surpass last year's win total of 12, but the question is, by how many.

  3. The silence is deafening or golden, however you choose to look at it. I think the Canes should request a conference call on the league meeting and play video golf from home. They could be trend setters for the non millionaire community owned teams. Just say up front, we can't afford to play in the big pool. Team is much better. Lots of enthusiasm, Wong and others are stepping up. As to the unanswered questions a lot of BOD are at the game. Just ask them, I guess. They should answer but they may want proof you are a shareholder. Otherwise they are not obliged to answer anything.