The Lethbridge Hurricanes got out to an early lead and cruised to a 4-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos Saturday night. Carl Tetachuk needed just 15 saves in the victory while Hurricanes Captain led the way with a goal and two helpers.
Riley Lambs night got off to a rocky start when he allowed Danlla Palivko to float a shot by him short handed. It was one the netminder would will want back as the soft shot fluttered off the top of his glove and into the cage for just the second career goal for the Russian import defencemen.
Momentum seemed to clearly be with the home side before the Broncos caught a break on a controversial call. Swift Current was awarded a penalty shot when Koltraine Wilson was called for throwing his stick but it appeared that Wilson was clipped with a stick on the play and fell down during the sequence. Despite the disdain of the crowd and the objections from the bench, Ethan Regnier stepped up and tucked in the penalty shot to tie the game.
The Hurricanes went right back to work and controlled the play through the rest of the period and it paid off late with two quick goals. Jordy Bellerive would give his team the lead back, his 24th of the season which also gives him 60 points on the year. New linemate Noah Boyko and Jake Leschynsyn added helpers with Boyko capping off the period with his fifth from Bellerive and Igor Merezhko.
The pace over the final forty minutes seemed to slow Has the Hurricanes looked content to ride this one out with the Broncos unable to break through offensively. The middle frame was highlighted by a Matthew Stanley and Scott Mahovlich super fight with both players trying to motivate their team. Right hands were flying with each landing multiple blows. It was a spirited tilt that fired up the 3804 folks in the crowd and teammates on both benches.
The teams would exchange goals in the middle frame as Calen Addison notched his eighth for the home side with Connor Horning countering for the visitors, his fifth on the season. Horning’s goal would cap the scoring in this game as a quiet third period saw the Hurricanes take it at 4-2 as the shots heavily favoured the Hurricanes 45-17.
Shooting the Breeze: Hurricanes pick up all four points this weekend rebounding from a disappointing road trip…Both teams managed to go one for four on the man advantage…Lethbridge is now 18-8-2-2 in their last 30 games while improving their overall record to 27-15-4-4 on the season…Hurricanes currently sit second in the central, four points behind Edmonton but with two games in hand…Next up for the Hurricanes is a home game Tuesday vs the Regina Pats while the Broncos travel to Brandon next Friday to play the Wheat Kings.