The Kelowna Rockets had a three-game winning streak halted Wednesday night in Lethbridge, falling 5-1 to the host Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes got on the scoresheet 2:16 into the game, when Zachary Cox beat Rockets starter Roman Basran far side for his 10th goal of the season.
The Rockets headed to the man advantage at 13:51 of the opening frame, but 14 seconds later Jake Leschyshyn struck shorthanded to make it 2-0 with his 20th of the campaign.
Leschyshyn, along with Nick Henry, was acquired by Lethbridge from the Regina Pats in a blockbuster trade late last month. The Hurricanes (16-9-4-2) are in good shape to contend this season and next despite losing out to the Rockets in their bid to host the 2020 Memorial Cup.
In the second period, Basran lost his stick and Jake Elmer fired a shot past him at 8:56 to extend Lethbridge’s lead to 3-0. The goal was Elmer’s 16th of the season.
In the third period, Hurricanes captain Jordy Bellerive added more insurance when he skated in alone and sniped his 13th past Basran, making it 4-0 at the 4:05 mark.
Taylor Ross, with his 18th, ran it up to 5-0 at 6:33 and Basran was replaced by James Porter shortly thereafter.
Kelowna’s Liam Kindree spoiled the shutout for Lethbridge starter Carl Tetachuk with a power-play goal at 13:39, rounding out the scoring with his seventh of the season.
Kelowna’s record is now to 15-16-2-0, including 11-6-2-0 since a coaching change saw Adam Foote replace Jason Smith on Oct. 23.
The Rockets had previously beat the Kootenay Ice 3-1 in Cranbrook on Tuesday — to start this week's four-game road trip — after blanking the Victoria Royals 2-0 and defeating the Tri-City Americans 4-3 in a shootout in home games at Prospera Place last week.
Kelowna is in Calgary to face the Hitmen on Friday, then Medicine Hat to take on the Tigers on Saturday to close out their pre-Christmas schedule. The Rockets will return from the holiday break with a home-and-home set against the rival Kamloops Blazers on Dec. 28-29.