LETHBRIDGE – The Lethbridge Hurricanes have their first winning streak of the 2017-18 campaign.
The ‘Canes picked up their second straight win Friday night (Oct. 6), downing the Prince Albert Raiders 4-1 on the back of a stellar performance from No. 1 goaltender Stuart Skinner, who was named first star of the game.
Calen Addison opened the scoring for the Hurricanes five minutes in with his first goal of the season, beating Raiders’ netminder Curtis Meger on a shot from the slot while on the power play.
The Hurricanes’ Tanner Nagel extended his club’s lead to 2-0 early in the second period. Not long after though, Sean Montgomery responded for Prince Albert, bringing them back to within one as they pulled ahead in shots.
Fists were also exchanged in the middle frame, with Lethbridge defenceman Brady Pouteau dropping the gloves with Zach Hayes, followed two minutes later by another Lethbridge defenceman, Ty Prefontaine, as he squared off against Brock Sottile.
The Raiders’ edge in shots continued into the third – with the Hurricanes ultimately being outshot 36-29 in the contest – but Skinner stood his ground, stopping all 11 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes. Jayden Joseph added an insurance goal at the 13:44 mark, and Giorgio Estephan capped the scoring with an empty netter with 1:33 remaining on the clock.
The win improves the Hurricanes’ record to 3-2, leap-frogging them into first place in the Central Division.
The club will now take the long-weekend off before returning to action Tuesday (Oct. 10) on the road in Swift Current, where they’ll face the Broncos.
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