By Lethbridge Herald on December 8, 2023.
By Justin Seward
The Lethbridge Hurricanes scored four power play goals on route to a 5-3 win over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night at the Enmax Centre.
“The powerplay was excellent,” said Bill Peters, Hurricanes head coach.
“It had lots of good looks and you know what, what a difference it makes when that comes to life and that’s something you’re not going to go 4-for-5 every night. But when you’re dangerous on it, it makes a big difference, it gives your team momentum.”
However the other side of it was the Canes gave up a 3-1 lead.
“It kind of shows determination throughout our team and throughout our dressing room to come into that third period and kind of take it back to them and prove that we are the better team,” said Kooper Gizowski, who had a goal and an assist in the game.
The Hurricanes started the game on the right foot when Gizowski cashed in on the powerplay with his 13th goal of the season from Tristen Doyle and Logan McCutcheon at 7:46 of the first period.
Swift Current’s Caleb Wyrostok snapped it low blocker side past Harrison Meneghin to tie the game 1-1 at the 9:27 mark of the first period.
Rylan Gould and Peyton Kettles notched the assists on Wyrostok’s sixth goal of the year.
Miguel Marques scored the Canes second powerplay goal of the night just two minutes into the second period to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead.
Noah Chadwick and Brayden Edwards assisted on the goal.
It was just 5:48 later that Leo Braillard found a loose puck around the net and scored his seventh of the season on the powerplay to give the Canes a 3-1 lead.
Edwards and Logan Wormald got the assists.
Connor Hvidston cut the Hurricanes lead to 3-2 when he scored on the powerplay at 10:12 of the second period from Clarke Caswell and Josh Filmon.
The Broncos tied the game 3-3 14:45 into the second period as Filmon went top shelf for his 10th goal of the year from Caswell and Ty Coupland.
Logan McCutcheon scored the Hurricanes fourth powerplay goal of the night just 39 seconds into the third period to give the home team a 4-3 lead.
Doyle and Braillard both got an assist.
Trae Wilke pounced on a rebound and deposited his fifth of the season into an open net at 12:33 of the third from Tyson Zimmer and Braillard.
The Canes went a perfect 4-for-5 on the powerplay and the Broncos had a goal on three attempts with the man advantage.
Both teams will do battle again tonight in Swift Current at 6 p.m.