Defenseman Nick Cicek netted his first career Western Hockey League goal at the Enmax Centre as the Lethbridge Hurricanes handed the Portland Winterhawks their first loss of the season, winning 4-2.
Winterhawks captain wasted little time scoring the first goal. Twelve seconds into the game, Johnny Ludvig shot home a rebound to give Portland the important and early 1-0 lead that would hold through the first 20 minutes of play.
Cicek, Winnipeg, MB, opened the second period scoring with a shorthanded rocket, his second point of the year, to extend the Winterhawks lead. The Hurricanes battled back in the middle frame that was etched with 46 penalty minutes. Lethbridge scored three unanswered goals to take the lead after two periods.
It was a stand still in the third period as Lethbridge held off the late attack by Portland and scored an empty net goal as the clock expired to secure the home win.
Next up, the Winterhawks drive north to Calgary to take on the Hitmen Sunday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. MT start.
- Following the game, Portland still remains in first place in the U.S. Division.
- The captain’s first period goal was his third goal of the year, which ties him for first in Hawks goal scoring with fellow defenseman Clay Hanus.
- The loss ends the Winterhawks 11-game point streak (8-0-2-1) against the Hurricanes.
- Lethbridge won it’s first home game of the year to improve to 1-2-0-1 at the Enmax Centre.
- Jake Gricius went 9-for-11 on face-offs in the first period of play alone.
THE BOX SCORE (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: 0/5 with a SHG
LET: 1/7 with a SHG
POR: Joel Hofer stopped 22-of-25 shots.
LET: Bryan Thomson stopped 18-of-20 shots.