By Woodard, Dale on December 9, 2019.
Road sweet road.
A trek away from the Enmax Centre proved to be what the Lethbridge Hurricanes needed.
The Canes downed the Swift Current Broncos 5-3 in Western Hockey League play Saturday night in Swift Current.
The win snapped a four-game winless skid for the Canes, earned them their 11th road win this season and improved them to 18-9-0-5. It also puts them back into a tie for second place in the Central Division with the Medicine Hat Tigers, who lost 5-0 to the Everett Silvertips Saturday night in Medicine Hat.
The Edmonton Oil Kings (19-6-5-2) continue to lead the Central Division by four points after their 3-2 overtime loss to the Calgary Hitmen Saturday in Edmonton.
In Swift Current Saturday night, the Hurricanes scored twice in the second and third periods and forward Nick Dorrington notched his first of the season.
Jaxan Kaluski got the Broncos on the scoresheet 9:28 into the first before Lethbridge’s Logan Barlage tied it a little over five minutes later.
Dorrington paced the Canes to a 2-1 lead 2:36 into the second and Zack Stringer extended that lead with his third of the season 55 seconds later.
Swift Current pulled to within one before the second was over as Ethan Regnier scored with 7:01 left in the middle period to make it 3-2.
Alex Cotton – on the power play – and Dylan Cozens gave the Hurricanes a 5-2 lead before Kaluski added his second of the game with 56 seconds left in regulation.
Cozens added two assists for a three-point night. Those totals put the Buffalo Sabres prospect back atop the league scoring race with 20 goals and 46 points in 30 games, three up on James Hamblin of the Tigers and two up on Aliaksei Protas of the Prince Albert Raiders and former Hurricane Zane Franklin of the Kamloops Blazers.
Bryan Thomson got the start in goal for the Hurricanes, stopping 26 of 29 shots for the win that improves his record to 8-4-0-0 this season. He now has a 2.67 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.
Broncos goaltender Isaac Poulter made 36 saves as the Lethbridge outshot Swift Current 41-29.
The Hurricanes were 1-for-2 on the power play and killed off all four Broncos man advantage chances. The Canes power play is fifth-best in the WHL at 23.5 per cent as of Saturday night. The Portland Winter Hawks are just ahead of them at 23.8 per cent.
Cotton and fellow Canes defenceman Calen Addison are one-two in league scoring among defenceman with 34 and 29 points, respectively.
Addison and Cozens depart for Team Canada’s world junior hockey championship selection camp, which starts today and runs until Thursday in Oakville, Ont.
On Sunday, the WHL announced Blazers forward Connor Zary was added to Canada’s selection camp roster. Zary replaces injured Calgary-Flames prospect Jakob Pelletier of the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
After defeating the Hurricanes 4-3 in a shootout Friday night at the Enmax Centre Friday night, the Tigers swung a deal with the Vancouver Giants Saturday.
The Tigers acquired forward Lukas Svejkovsky and defenceman Dylan Plouffe as well as a third-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam draft and a third-round conditional pick in 2021 in exchange for forward Tyler Preziuso, defenceman Trevor Longo, a first-round pick in 2020 draft and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2021.