June 25th, 2017

New Canes contribute

By Woodard, Dale on January 12, 2017.

Lethbridge Herald

The newest additions to the Lethbridge Hurricanes didn’t take long to make their mark.

The Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 7-4 during Western Hockey League action Wednesday night in Edmonton.

And the Canes trade deadline acquisitions wasted little time jumping onto the scoresheet as Zak Zborosky scored 1:06 into the game on his first shot and first shift with his new team before fellow new face Alec Baer scored a pair of unanswered goals in the second to give Lethbridge a 6-3 after two periods.

With the win, the Hurricanes improve to 23-15-3-2 and continue to chase the Medicine Hat Tigers – who lost 4-3 the Prince George Cougars Wednesday night – for top spot in the Central Division. With the win Wednesday, the Canes how trail the Tigers by eight points.

After Zborosky handed the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead a little over a minute in, the visitors kept coming as Jordy Bellerive, Egor Babenko and Tyler Wong – with his 29th of the season – paced Lethbridge to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.

But it took less than one minute for the Oil King to make it a game early in the second as Ty Gerla scored twice in eight seconds and Will Warm made it 4-3 27 seconds later.

But the Hurricanes went to the man advantage shortly afterwards and Baer scored his first as a Hurricane to make it 5-3 and then upped that lead to 6-3 with 7:46 left in the second period with his fifth goal of the year.

Lethbridge increased their lead to 7-3 36 seconds into the third on Bellerive’s second of the game and 19th of the year.

Conner McDonald rounded out the scoring with his second of the season 6:28 into the third to make it 7-4.

Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner made 39 saves in the win.

The Hurricanes are back home this weekend for two games in two nights.

The Cougars are in town Friday at 7 p.m. before the Oil Kings return for a rematch Saturday night, also at 7 p.m.

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