Skinner and Hurricanes stifle Rebels

Stuart Skinner made 21 saves and Ty Prefontaine had a goal and an assist as the Lethbridge Hurricanes shut out the Red Deer Rebel 4-0 Wednesday night at the Enmax Centre. 

The win was Lethbridge’s sixth in their last seven games and moves them above .500 and within six points of the Central Division leading Medicine Hat Tigers.
Egor Zudilov opened the scoring 8:29 into the opening frame flipping a loose puck over Red Deer netminder Riley Lamb. Igor Merezhko and Brendan Stafford added helpers, the only marker of the first.

Lethbridge stifled the Rebels through the period, allowing only two shots, the first coming over 13 minutes into the first.

Prefonatine extended the lead six minutes into the second period, taking a nice feed from Jordy Bellerive and beating Lamb from the hash marks.

He came an assist away from the Gordie Howe hat trick with a spirited scrap with Ethan Sakowich halfway through the period.

Koletrane Wilson capitalized on a misplayed puck by Lamb 10:28 into the final period, and Taylor Ross iced the game for the Hurricanes, fighting off two Rebels defenders before beating Lamb.

Skinner wasn’t overly tested during the contest, but came up big when needed for his third shutout of the season. After only seeing a handful of shots early, he managed to keep his focus and be a steadying influence in the defensive zone.

“It’s always hard when you don’t see many shots,” said Skinner. “You try to move around and get involved in the play and remember what you need to do to stop the puck.”

After losing eight games in a row in October and early November, the Hurricanes have turned things around to be one of hottest teams in the WHL.

“We were in a tough slump, but every team goes through it, so it was probably good to go through it early,” said Skinner. “We’re having a lot of fun now, and it’s always nicer to have your winning songs played after a game.”

The Hurricanes will next entertain the Edmonton Oil Kings Friday before embarking on a four game road trip through Saskatchewan and Manitoba before the Christmas break.

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