LETHBRIDGE - A tough loss for the home team. The Hurricanes opened their game against the Vancouver Giants with a slashing penalty against Jordy Bellerive. However, Bellerive made up for it at the eight-minute mark, lobbing his 23rd of the season off an assist from Calen Addison and Giorgio Estephan. With four minutes left in the period, a Giants point shot deflected past Stuart Skinner to tie the game 1-1.
The period ended with the tie and Lethbridge leading shots on goal 12-9.
The second frame began with a replay of the opening minutes of the first, as the Dylan Cozens racked up a tripping penalty. The 4:30 mark then set off a trio of goals. The first came from the Giants Tyler Benson. Just over two minutes later, Giorgio Estephan tied the game at 2-2 for the Canes. The tie was short-lived, when less than two minutes later, Tyler Benson struck again putting the Giants ahead 3-2.
Half way through the period, the Giants’ D-man Kaleb Bulych pulled in a ten-minute major for misconduct. After 40 minutes of play, the 3-2 score remained, despite the Canes leading shots on-goal 22-16.
With just over three-minutes gone in the final frame, Canes fans weren’t happy with a ‘checking to the head’ penalty lodged against Brennan Riddle. It saw Vancouver take advantage of a power play to put themselves in the lead 4-2.
The remainder of the game offered up a succession of penalties for both teams. At the midway point, Vancouver logged a trio of penalties within four minutes, including a misconduct.
In the remaining three minutes, the Canes pulled goalie Stuart Skinner and the Giants took advantage of the opportunity, ending the game with a 5-2 final score.
The Hurricanes led shots-on-goal 35-26, while the game’s three Stars went to #1- Tyler Benson; #2 James Malm; #3 Jordy Bellerive.
The Canes, who are now 17-18-3 on the season, are back in action Saturday night as they host the Hitmen.
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