BRANDON – The Lethbridge Hurricanes made no mistake in Game 4 on Wednesday, April 11, scoring four goals in the first period on route to a 7-4 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings to take a 3-1 series lead.
Unlike the night before, it was the Hurricanes getting the game’s opening goal early when Brad Morrison’s magical playoff run continued. He buried his 9th goal of the postseason past Wheat Kings goaltender Dylan Myskiw 1:50 into the first period.
Just past the five-minute mark of the period, off a feed from Morrison, Jake Elmer scored his 3rd of the playoffs to make it 2-0 Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes then made it 3-0 when Taylor Ross passed it across to Jordy Bellerive who fed Dylan Cozens in front for his 4th of the playoffs at 8:34.
A minute and a half later, at 10:05, Morrison buried his second of the period and 10th total goal in the playoffs for the 4-0 Lethbridge lead.
That would do it for scoring in the first period, and despite the offensive outburst the Wheat Kings outshoot the Hurricanes 10-8 in the opening frame.
Brandon would get their first goal of the game thanks to a tally from Marcus Sekundiak at 3:28 of the second period which made it 4-1.
Minutes later some drama, as Ty Lewis was awarded a penalty shot but Hurricanes goaltender Logan Flodell stood tall.
That would prove to be an important moment, as the Wheat Kings began to dominate the second period.
Luka Burzan cuts the Hurricanes lead to 4-2 with a goal at 6:14, followed by Stelio Mattheos scoring on a delayed penalty call bringing Brandon to within a goal at 12:18 of the second period.
Lethbridge regained their two-goal lead when Zane Franklin found the back of the net off a pass from Logan Barlage to make it 5-3 with just 4:35 to play in the second period.
That’s how things would stand after two periods of play, with Brandon again outshooting Lethbridge, this time 13-11.
Jake Elmer, on a partial breakaway from the blueline in, put some nasty moves on Myskiw and scored his second goal of the night at 1:37 to give Lethbridge a 6-3 lead.
Three minutes later Brandon’s Ty Lewis cut the deficit to two goals again, but the Hurricanes hung tough until Humboldt native Logan Barlage scored for the second night in a row to put the game out of reach at 7-4.
Shots in Game 4 finished 29-24 in Brandon’s favour, while both teams went 0-for-2 on the powerplay.
The Hurricanes now have a chance to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday, April 13, back at the cozy confines of the ENMAX Centre.
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