Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lethbridge 6 Kootenay 3

From Chris Wahl ...
Three early third-period goals paced the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 6-3 victory over the Kootenay ICE Wednesday in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Hurricanes goaltender Jayden Sittler stopped 38 of 41 shots, while import forward Pavel Skumatov's goal 2:39 into period three held up as the winner as Lethbridge ended Kootenay's four-game win streak.

The ICE enjoyed a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes after a flurry of offense late in the opening period. Kootenay forward Austin Vetterl opened the scoring on a rebound at 14:18 of the first period, but his goal was cancelled out 27 seconds later by the Hurricanes' Zane Franklin.

ICE captain Sam Reinhart restored the visitors' lead 18 seconds after Franklin's tally, as Kootenay held an 11-8 shot advantage at the first intermission.

The Hurricanes tied the game early in the second thanks to Brayden Burke, then went ahead with 6:07 remaining in period two through Tyler Wong's 21st goal of the year.

Skumatov, Giorgio Estephan and Brandon Kennedy broke the game open with goals inside the first seven minutes of period three.

Kootenay forward Tim Bozon rounded out the scoring with a snap shot on an ICE two-man advantage with six and a half minutes left to play.

Goaltender Wyatt Hoflin made 17 saves for Kootenay before being replaced by Keelan Williams in the third period.

Wednesday's game marked the first victory for Lethbridge against the ICE in four tries this season.

UP NEXT: the ICE open a seven-game home stand Friday night against the Regina Pats. Game time is 7:00 pm at Western Financial Place.