The Kootenay ICE lost their eighth straight contest on Wednesday, falling 3-2 to their Central Division rivals in Lethbridge despite a 51 save effort from Jesse Makaj.
Hoping to snap their losing skid to open their six-game road trip, rookie netminder Jesse Makaj got the start in net for the ICE, making 51 saves in the defeat.
Keeping Kootenay in the game, Makaj faced 54 shots and was named the first star of the game as the ICE only managed 22 shots on goal in the loss.
Connor McClennon and Jakin Smallwood would both score the ICE but the Hurricanes would grab the two points following a late game-winning goal in the third period from former ICE player Jake Elmer.
The ICE are back in Cranbrook for practice but will return to Lethbridge on Saturday for a rematch with the Hurricanes.
Following Saturday's matchup, the ICE continue their road trip next week in Swift Current, Regina, and Brandon.