LETHBRIDGE - Connor Sanvido scored the lone goal in the shoot out as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night.
It didn't take long for the red lamp to light up in this game. Just 46 seconds into the first period, former Hurricane Jay Merkley fired a shot, beating Corbin Boes to give Swift Current a quick 1-0 lead. That didn't last long. A few minutes later the Canes would even the score. Riley Sheen, in his first game as a Hurricane picked up the puck at centre ice and burst down the right wing and fired a shot by Broncos goalie Landon Bow to tie the game at 1-1. That was Sheen's first as a Hurricane and 4th of the season. Before the end of the period, the Canes would take lead. A great pass from Tyler Wong to Brady Ramsay and he one-timed the puck by Bow to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. Swift Current held a 13-8 lead in shots on goal.
In the second, the Hurricanes held the Broncos at bay for most of the period as it looked as perhaps that 2-1 score would hold up through 40 minutes, but late in the period the Broncos would get the equalizer with just two minutes to go. Colby Cave's shot was stopped by Boes, but the puck had enough gas to get through the Lethbridge goaltender and dribbled across the goal line to tie the game at 2-2 after two periods of play. Swift Current out shot Lethbridge 25-17 throughout the game thus far.
In the third, both teams would go at to try and get the go-ahead marker, but neither Boes or Bow would break in goal for their respective teams and this game would go into overtime tied at 2-2. The extra period solved nothing so this game would be decided in a shootout. None of the three Lethbridge shooters were able to find the back of the net, but the final shooter for Swift Current was Connor Sanvido and he was able slide puck by Boes to give the Broncos a 3-2 victory. The loss drops the Canes record to 2-11-1-2 on the season. Swift Current out shot Lethbridge 41-31 in this game. It was a very disciplined game. Lethbridge went 0/1 on the power play and the Broncos 0/2. This was as close to a 60 minute effort for the Lethbridge Hurricanes in 16 games this season although the result in this game wasn't what the team was hoping for.
WHL Commissioner Talks About Ownership
Western Hockey League Commissioner Rob Robison joined Fred and I on Hurricanes This Week Monday night. We asked him about community ownership versus private ownership and just what the process is when it comes to a group wanting to buy a WHL team. Here's a piece of that chat with the Commissioner.
The Hurricanes are off until this weekend when this lengthy homestand continues. The Canes will host the Tri-City Americans as they roll through Lethbridge Saturday night (Nov. 2). This will be the only meeting of the season between the two teams and the first game for Phil Tot back in Lethbridge since being traded to the Ams last season. That's a 7:00 pm MDT start at the ENMAX Centre. Then the Canes will play a matinee game Sunday at home when they welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings to town. That's a 2:00 MST face-off on time change weekend.