Juha Metsola ties Lethbridge franchise-record with his fifth shutout of the season

Lethbridge goaltender Juha Metsola recorded his fifth shutout of the season on Friday night with a 2-0 win over Kamloops. Metsola’s .903 save percentage is good for 11th in the Western Hockey League. Juha, who has appeared in 44 out of 60 games, is again having a strong season for Lethbridge, currently 6th in the Eastern Conference. Last year, Metsola led the Hurricanes to the WHL Finals.

Canes win

Written by Dale Woodard
Friday, 13 February 2009

Two goals was all the Lethbridge Hurricanes needed as they defeated the Kamloops Blazers 2-0 during Western Hockey League action Friday night at the Enmax Centre.

By allowing just 18 shots against, they also made goalie Juha Metsola’s record-tying night a little easier.

Carter Bancks scored with eight seconds left in the first period before Ben Wright followed with another late goal in the second period for a 2-0 Lethbridge lead after 40 minutes. Those late-period goals proved to be enough as Metsola kicked aside six shots per period to tie a club record with his fifth shutout of the season.

“It’s nice. I guess I need one more. That’s a goal, eh?” said Metsola of the team record, set by Logan Koopmans in 2003-04 and tied by Aaron Sorochan the next season.

“It’s nice to get a shutout. But the game is all that matters. Defence is the most important thing and defence won us this game. “

“We set a goal before the game to hold them under 22 shots and we did.”