Hurricanes advance to second round of playoffs

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Roh stops first 25 shots in 5-2 win over Regina Wild

2013/14 Swift Current Hurricanes

The Swift Current K Motel Hurricanes advanced to the second round of the South Saskatchewan Hockey League playoffs with a 5-2 win over the visiting Regina Wild Sunday.

The second seeded Hurricanes had lost game one of the best-of-three series in Regina before winning both games at home to advance to the league semi-final series.

Blade Roh picked up the win with 29 saves, including 16 saves in the first period to allow the Hurricanes to lead 1-0 despite being outshot 16-7 over the opening 20 minutes.

Jordan Wittman led the Hurricanes with a first-period powerplay goal and two assists. Colton Adam, Josh Dickie, and Darby Crozier each added a goal and an assist. Austin Larochelle also scored, while Parker Wall, Tristan Carey, Thomas Hammerton, and Dominic Vallee all added assists.

Roh stopped the first 25 shots he faced before Matthew Bachynski beat him for a powerplay goal in the second period to make it 3-1. Caleb Griffin added a four-on-four goal in the third period to cut the deficit to 5-2 for the Wild, who had finished sixth in the regular season with a 16-14-6 record.

Defenseman Shayne Bissonnette felt Roh’s play was one of the keys to victory.

“He really stepped up tonight because he is usually letting rebounds out. He did good tonight and kept us in the game.”

“We played really well and I think there was a lot of guys on tonight,” said Dickie after Sunday’s win. “We were putting the puck in the net, we barely out-shot them. We usually outshoot teams by 20-30 shots but it was close today. We had a lot of penalties but we killed them off and we played really good.”

The Hurricanes killed off seven of the Wild’s eight powerplay opportunities.

“Yeah they put the guys out that have been doing PK all year,” said Bissonnette. “They were doing pretty well and getting pucks down the ice and we got through most of those penalties so it wasn’t too bad.”

The Hurricanes finished second in the regular season with a 25-7-4 record. They were still awaiting their second-round opponent but they will either face the third-seeded Moose Jaw Warriors or the fourth seeded Estevan Bruins.

“We just have to keep playing physical, keep driving the net, keep the chemistry going with our lines and it is going well,” said Dickie.

Organizations: South Saskatchewan Hockey League, Swift Current K Motel Hurricanes, Regina Wild

Geographic location: Regina, Swift Current

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