One shot went in and one just missed, and that was the difference last night at KeyArena. Kris Versteeg's high wrist shot hit the top of the crossbar and went in midway through...

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One shot went in and one just missed, and that was the difference last night at KeyArena.


Kris Versteeg’s high wrist shot hit the top of the crossbar and went in midway through the third period, and the goal held up as the game-winner as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2.


Earlier, with Seattle trailing 2-1, a Scott Jackson shot appeared to have gone in for the T-birds, but the puck hit the post and bounced under the pads of Lethbridge goaltender Aaron Sorochan.


“I don’t think we played as hard as we needed to against a good team like Lethbridge,” Seattle coach Rob Sumner said. “Our effort wasn’t as good as it needed to be until the third period. We had a lot of little mistakes, and that cost us the hockey game.”


Jackson made a nice move to break free in the crease and clearly beat Sorochan, but his shot rang hard off the post.


Nearly all of the 4,549 in attendance were ready to play goal judge and rule that the puck had gone in, but referee Devin Klein didn’t see it that way.


“I didn’t really see it after it hit the post,” Jackson said. “I was just hoping it would bounce off the post and off the back of him and land underneath him.”


Seattle (23-9-0-1) outshot Lethbridge 31-26, but the Hurricanes (20-9-8-1) showed they know how to win.


“We could have had a little better effort,” Jackson said. “Our main focus was to come out and play hard for 60 minutes and avoid mental errors, and we didn’t do it. That’s what cost us the game. All of our losses have been that way this season, just little things. If we want to be a top team we had to do all the little things every game.”


Seattle won’t have time to dwell on the loss. The U.S. Division leader hosts second-place Everett tomorrow.


The Thunderbirds had nine of the game’s first 10 shots, but the Hurricanes got on the board first.


The Hurricanes got off three quick shots on Seattle goaltender Bryan Bridges, the last going in the net off Rob Klinkhammer. R.J. LaRochelle and Neil Kodman picked up assists on the goal.


Lethbridge made it 2-0 early in the second period on a goal by Kyle Pess after a Lethbridge penalty ended. Colton Yellow Horn stepped on the ice and passed the puck to Jonathon Filewich, who got it to Pess.


Seattle got its goals from Aaron Gagnon and Derek Couture.


Local summary


THUNDERBIRDS 2, HURRICANES 3


















Lethbridge 1 1 1 3
Seattle 0 1 1 2
First — 1. Lethbridge Klinkhammer 7 (LaRochelle, Kodman) 13:02. Second — 2. Lethbridge Pess 13 (Filewich, Yellow Horn) 1:26. 3. Seattle Gagnon 21 (Couture, Gibbons) 11:18 (pp). Third — 4. Seattle Couture 12 (unassisted) 0:33. 5. Lethbridge Versteeg 13 (unassisted) 10:46. Shots on goal — Lethbridge 7-10-9 — 26. Seattle 12-9-10 — 31. Power plays ( Goalies — s-chances) — Lethbridge: 0-3; Seattle: 1-3. Goalies — Lethbridge: Sorochan (W,17-8-5). Seattle: Bridges (L,19-6-0). Referee — Devin Klein. Linesmen — Rob Fay, Trevor Boudreau. Attendance — 4,549.