By Jensen, Randy on December 7, 2017.
A little production from the blue-line helped put the Lethbridge Hurricanes above the .500 mark.
The Hurricanes dealt the slumping Red Deer Rebels a 4-0 loss in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night at the Enmax Centre.
After Egor Zudilov opened the scoring for Lethbridge, defenceman Ty Prefontaine kept up his recent scoring clip with his third goal in three games for a 2-0 lead in the second period.
Fellow defenceman Koletrane Wilson added his second of the season midway through the third period, while Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner kicked out 21 shots for his third shutout of the season as Lethbridge improved to 14-13-1-0.
Taylor Ross rounded out the scoring for the Hurricanes with his sixth of the season with 5:43 left the game.
“It’s just coming, finally,” said Prefontaine, who scored his first two goals of the season in Saturday night’s Teddy Bear Toss 4-1 win over the Victoria Royals. “I’ve waited for a while. I’ve been jumping into the play, getting myself in there and it’s been going good.”
The Hurricanes struck 8:29 into the first when Zudilov was able to swat a rebound past Rebels goaltender Riley Lamb from the side of the Rebels net for his fourth of the year.
The Hurricanes went up 2-0 6:03 into the second as Prefontaine scored his third goal in as many games, following up on a three-on-one and sending a shot past Lamb.
Red Deer pushed back to start the third with some pressure and quality chances.
Skinner had to come up with a big glove save off of Austin Schellenberg off a giveaway to start the period to keep it 2-0.
The Rebels kept up the pressure, prompting a Hurricanes time out, and the hosts moved up midway through the third when Wilson threw a shot on goal off the right wing that found its way past Lamb for his second of the season and a 3-0 lead.
The Hurricanes added one more when Ross was able to make his way to the Rebel goal and shovel a shot past Lamb with 5:43 left in the third.
“I thought it was a pretty good game,” said Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio. “I liked our start. I thought in the first period we played really well. We got away from it a little bit in the second period and obviously the start of the third. Red Deer was going to have a push. We knew they would. We just had to get our feet going and after that we were pretty solid again.”
Getting some scoring help from the back end didn’t hurt, either.
“It’s huge,” said Kisio. “You need offence from all your guys in your lineup and anytime you get it from the back end, especially, it’s a huge boost. Prefo has played great lately and he’s contributed offensively, which is huge for him and us. And Willy stepping up and getting a goal was a big goal at that point in the game.”
The Hurricanes are back at the Enmax Centre Friday night when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7 p.m. in a rematch of Sunday’s 7-2 Canes win in Edmonton.
“We’re playing great right now,” said Prefontaine. “The defence is moving the puck really nicely to the forwards and the forwards are getting it deep and causing turnovers. It’s what we need right now.”
NOTES – The announced attendance for Wednesday’s game was 2,817.
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