Saturday, 7 March 2015

Canes Get By Saskatoon Blades 2-1

Carter Folk broke a 1-1 tie midway through the third period as the Hurricanes beat the Blades 2-1 in Saskatoon Friday night.

It was a fairly close game all night long. Sasaktoon opened the scoring in the first period on the power play. Wyatt Sloboshan beat Stuart Skinner to put the Blades up 1-0 through 20 minutes of play.

The Hurricanes got back to even terms in the second period when they scored their 7th shorthanded goal of the season. Tyler Wong put home his 25th goal of the year to get the scored tied at 1-1 through two periods of play.

In the third, but clubs tried to get the upper hand. The Hurricanes ended up taking the lead at the 11:37 mark when Carter Folk scored his 11th goal of the season to put the visitors ahead 2-1. In the end that would be all the Hurricanes would need as they held on for a 2-1 victory on the road.

It was a milestone game of sorts for Lethbridge, earning the team's 20th win of the season. I know having 20 wins in 64 games doesn't sound like something to celebrate, but given the fact this club only had a handfull of wins around the Christmas break, 20 wins at that time looked almost impossible. The team deserves credit for being a lot more competitive in these last few months of the season.

Overall the Canes improve to 20-36-5-3 on the year. Saskatoon out shot the Hurricanes 42-30. Saskatoon went 1/3 on the power play and Lethbridge 0/1.

The Hurricanes close out this eastern swing with a game in Prince Albert Saturday (Mar. 7) against a Raiders team which will also miss the playoffs this season. The Canes will then head back home after and travel to Cranbrook next Tuesday (Mar. 10) to play the ICE. Kootenay is on the verge of locking up yet another playoff spot. The Hurricanes are back home next Friday (Mar. 13) to play host to Edmonton.


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