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Hurricanes power way past Blazers

Kamloops wraps up trip in Edmonton on Sunday
January 15, 2016 9:48 P.M.

The WHL’s best power play ran up against the No. 1 penalty-killing unit on Friday night in Lethbridge, and it was no contest.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes scored four times with the man advantage and went on to beat the Kamloops Blazers, 6-2, at the Enmax Centre.
The Blazers are 2-1-1 on a five-game road trip that concludes against the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday. Kamloops returns home to face the Everett Silvertips on Wednesday.
The Blazers’ penalty killing was burned twice in five attempts in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday. Prior to that, it had been 11-for-11 over its previous four games. The Hurricanes torched it, though, scoring four times in five opportunities.
Forward Ben Duperreault got the Hurricanes on the board with his first goal of the season, at 2:29 of the first period.
The Blazers got that one back at 17:11 when right-winger Deven Sideroff scored his 13th while shorthanded.
Lethbridge, now 18-3-0 at home, then took control with two power-play goals. Forward Cory Millette scored at 17:33 of the first period and Andrew Nielsen, the WHL’s highest-scoring defenceman, found the range at 4:06 of the second.
The Blazers got to within a goal, at 3-2, when centre Matt Revel got his 13th goal at 7:36.
However, the Hurricanes put it away with three goals in the second half of the second period. Russian freshman Egor Babenko counted his 23rd goal, on a power play, at 10:22. Nielsen got his 12th goal at 15:19, and Millette added his 18th, on a power play, at 19:16.
Lethbridge goaltender Stuart Skinner stopped 29 shots in earning the victory. He has won seven straight starts and has 17 victories on the season.
Freshman Dylan Ferguson got the start for the Blazers and made 34 saves. It was his seventh start this season and the second in four games, the first time he has had two starts in such close proximity to each other.
The Hurricanes (32-12-0) lead the WHL’s overall standings, something that no one saw coming when this season was in the starting blocks. After all, the Hurricanes last appeared in the playoffs in the spring of 2009. They now have won six in a row with the Prince Albert Raiders coming to town for a Saturday night game.
The Blazers (21-15-7), who had been 4-0-3 in their previous seven games, continue to hold down the Western Conference’s first wild card playoff berth.
The Spokane Chiefs (20-18-5) now hold down the second wild-card spot. They fell 3-2 to visiting Portland (22-19-2) last night and the Winterhawks now are third in the U.S. Division, one point ahead of the Chiefs. Spokane is four points behind Kamloops.
JUST NOTES: The announced attendance was 4,518. . . . Kamloops was 0-for-3 on the power play. . . . D Kord Pankewicz had three assists for Lethbridge, while D Arvin Atwal, F Giorgio Estephan and F Brayden Burke had two apiece. . . . Kamloops F Matt Campese had his three-game goal-scoring streak snapped. . . . The Blazers scratched F Gage Quinney, who has missed 11 games, D Dawson Davidson (9), and F Erik Miller. . . . The Blazers last allowed six or more goals in regulation time in a 7-3 loss to the host Prince George Cougars on Nov. 28.
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