The Kootenay ICE couldn’t get passed goaltender Stuart Skinner as they were shut out 3-0 by the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night.
The ICE heavily outshot the Canes 47-23 but the Edmonton Oilers prospect stood tall all game long for his second shutout of the season.
Kootenay put 18 shots on Skinner in the first period alone and were dominating in the offensive zone but couldn’t find the holes.
“I thought we certainly out-chanced them and we didn’t give up that many chances.” says Head Coach James Patrick. “But when a goaltender is playing that well and you get that many shots in the first period you know you have to adjust and make some changes…I think Cam Hausinger is a guy that will do anything to get in front of the net but I don’t think enough guys were willing to do that.”
Former Kootenay forward Jake Elmer netted one goal for Lethbridge in the winning effort.
The ICE were 0 for 6 on the power play which continues to be a struggle for the team.
“We have to solve our struggles on the power play.” says Patrick. “We’re getting into desperation mode with where we’re at.”
Duncan McGovern got the start in net for the ICE and turned aside 20 of 23 shots and owns a 2.43 goals against average in six games since joining the team via trade from Medicine Hat.
Kootenay is now just one point ahead of Lethbridge for second place in the Central Division with a record of 11-14-1-0.
The ICE are back in action Wednesday night hosting the Prince Albert Raiders.