By Woodard, Dale on November 19, 2017.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes looked to be in line to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Unfortunately, three late goals from the Kamloops Blazers extended the slide as the Hurricanes were defeated 5-2 during Western Hockey League play Saturday night in Kamloops.
With the loss, the Hurricanes lose their eighth straight and fall to 7-12-1-0 with the teams western road trip continuing Tuesday in Victoria against the Royals.
But early in the third, the Hurricanes had a chance to get back into the win column for the first time since Oct. 27 when assistant captain Jordy Bellerive scored his 10th of the season 2:54 into the third to tie things up at 2-2.
With time winding down, the Blazers responded with three goals in the final 4:49 to post the win.
Kamloops took a 1-0 lead 5:28 into the first on a goal from Ondrej Vala and added to their lead 4:49 into the second when Nick Chyzowski made it 2-0.
Lethbridge answered back midway through the second on the man advantage and Tanner Nagel broke a 12-game goal-less streak with his second of the season at the 10:08 mark to cut the Blazers lead to 2-1 after 40 minutes.
Bellerive tied it up early in the second and that’s the way it stayed until the hosts struck late.
Brodi Stuart struck for the game-winner 15:11 into the third and Quinn Benjafield added an insurance goal 2:58 later for a 4-2 lead.
Chyzowski added his second of the game into an empty net with 21 seconds to go to round out the scoring.
Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner stopped 24 of 28 shots, while Blazers goaltender Dylan Ferguson – fresh off his stint with the Vegas Golden Knights – kicked out 25 of 27 shots for the win.
The Blazers outshot the Hurricanes 30-27. The Canes power play was 1-for-3 and the Blazers were 0-for-3 with the man advantage.
After Tuesday’s game in Victoria, the Canes are in Vancouver Wednesday and complete the road trip Friday in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice.
The Hurricanes return to the Enmax Centre Nov. 28 when they host the Portland Winterhawks at 7 p.m. at the Enmax Centre.
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