For the second straight season, the Lethbridge Hurricanes have punched their ticket to the WHL Eastern Conference Final.
Powered by Brad Morrison’s two goals and a shut out performance by Logan Flodell, the Canes stopped the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-0 Friday night at the Enmax Centre, taking the best of seven series 4-1.
“It’s exciting,” said head coach Brant Kisio following the game. “We’ve had an up and down
year and I’m proud of the way we played tonight, in this series and throughout the playoffs.”
Playing for their playoff lives, Brandon came out strong, but were stymied time and again by
Flodell. The Lethbridge netminder made 32 stops for the goose egg.
Lethbridge opened the scoring just past the halfway mark of the second period. Killing a
penalty, Jordy Bellerive chipped a puck past the Brandon defence, sending Morrison in all
alone. He made no mistake, beating Dylan Myskiw high glove side.
Lethbridge extended the lead to 2-0 midway through the second frame. Logan Barlage corralled a loose puck in front of the Brandon net, sneaking it through the pads of Myskiw.
Brandon pressed as the game continued on, but couldn’t beat Flodell, who made several key
saves to keep the Wheaties off the board.
“He was outstanding,” said Kisio. “That’s what he does.”
Morrison rounded out the scoring, icing the game for the Hurricanes with an empty netter, his lead leading 28th point of the playoffs.
“The biggest thing is my two linemates,” said Morrison when asked about his run, complimenting Jake Elmer and Jadon Joseph. “They really compliment the way I play and make it easy out there.”
Getting to the Eastern final is an accomplishment for a team many had written off after trading away key pieces at the trade deadline.
“People can say what they want,” said Kisio. “We don’t care what they say.” Morrison says the team believes in themselves and are proud of their accomplishments.
“We believe that anything can happen,” he said. “The playoffs are a new season and quite a
few guys here play well under pressure.”
The Hurricanes now await the winner of the Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors.