The Lethbridge Hurricanes final home game of the pre-season was a good one, a 6-3 win over the Swift Current Broncos. It was the Hurricanes first victory of the exhibition season. Lethbridge was without some notable names, as Stuart Skinner, Brennan Menell, Giorgio Estephan and Jordy Bellerive were all attending NHL training camps.
Tanner Nagel opened the scoring for the Hurricanes early in the first period, and Egor Zudilov made it 2-0 with just under five minutes to go in the first.
The Broncos cut the lead in half late when Owen Blocker poked a rebound past goaltender Adam Swan with 1:52 to go in the period.
Brendan Stafford restored the two-goal lead just 1:25 into the second period, and the Hurricanes kept it rolling later in the period when Nagel put home his second of the game making it 4-1 for Lethbridge after two periods.
Early in the third, the Broncos answered back as Aleksi Heponiemi cut the lead in half with a power play goal. That momentum didn’t last very long, as Ryan Vandervlis scored his third goal of the pre-season on a shorthanded breakaway to make it 5-2 Hurricanes.
Calen Addison then scored to give Lethbridge a 6-2 lead, before the Broncos answered again when Logan Barlage scored what would be the final goal of the game.
Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio says he liked his teams compete level last night.
“Compared to our first couple of games, our guys came out and competed hard. You can go up and down the lineup, and I thought everybody played hard. There are some things we can work on, but I think we did a lot of good things and a lot of things we worked on in practice we saw tonight,” Kisio said.
The Hurricanes will finish the home-and-home series against the Broncos on Sunday in Swift Current, and then wrap up the pre-season next Friday in Crowsnest Pass against the Kootenay Ice.
After that, Lethbridge will gear up to kick off the regular season at home against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday, Sept. 22nd.
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