July 21st, 2024

Hurricanes ground Thunderbirds in lopsided win


By Lethbridge Herald on October 25, 2023.

Herald Photo by Justin Seward Lethbridge HurricanesÕ Landen Ward attempts a tip on Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Scott Ratzlaff during Western Hockey League action at the ENMAX Centre on Wednesday night.

By Justin Seward

Lethbridge Herald

The offence was not a problem for the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Wednesday night, as they grounded the Seattle Thunderbirds with a  5-0 win at the Enmax Centre.

“Well you know what, I thought we were solid,” said Bill Peters, Hurricanes head coach.

“I thought a little bit of a sour taste in our mouth after Sunday (4-3 loss to Calgary) and guys did a good job. We took a day off (Monday), regrouped, (had) a good practice yesterday (Tuesday) and came out on time today.”

The Canes Kooper Gizowski opened the scoring on this evening with his second of the season at 10:02 of the first from Joe Arntsen and Dustin Renas.

Elias Knoester doubled the Canes lead with his first of the season at the 11:23 mark of the first period from Arntsen and Trae Wilke.

Gizowski scored his second of the night  just a 1:47 later to give Lethbridge a 3-0 lead and that is how the score would remain heading into the intermission.

“It felt good,” said Gizowski, on the goals.

“It’s been a little bit of a struggle for me these past couple of games. So I’m happy I got to contribute for the win today, and even better that we beat a team that I played what 12 times last year. So, it’s good to beat Seattle, especially in the home barn.”

“Well, happy for those guys,” said Peters, on Knoester and Gizowski.

“They’ve worked hard.”

Tyson Zimmer notched his fifth of the season at 11: 08 of the second period to make it 4-0 Lethbridge.

Knoester and Chase Pauls assisted on Zimmer’s goal.

It was just 3:39 into the third period that the Hurricanes scored their fifth goal of the contest off the stick of Leo Braillard from Brayden Edwards and Tristen Doyle.

Gizowski added to his productive night with a fight with six minutes left.

The Hurricanes went 0-for-3 and the Thunderbirds went 0-for-1 on the powerplay

Shots were 31-22 in favour of the Hurricanes.

Lethbridge (8-5-1) will host the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night at the Enmax Centre.

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