The Lethbridge Hurricanes had their three game win streak snapped Sunday night in Regina with an 8-1 loss to the hands of the Regina Pats.
The Hurricanes played a strong first period, out shooting the Pats 16-13 in the opening twenty minutes. However, it was Morgan Klimchuk who opened the scoring at the 12:26 mark of the first. The Calgary Flames first rounder knock the puck forward with his glove and split through the defense before sliding one through the legs of Stuart Skinner to make it 1-0 Regina after one period.
The Pats entered on a four game losing streak since a 6-1 win in Lethbridge eight days earlier. In those four games, the Pats only scored one goal in each contest, but Regina exploded for four more goals on the second period. First, Braden Christoffer scored his first of two in the game at the 10:44 mark. Just 15 seconds later, Kord Pankewicz put one right up the middle on the tape of the Pats Adam Brooks who quickly beat Skinner to make it 3-0. The Hurricanes used their 30-second time out, but it didn’t help as Regina scored again at 15:14 as Austin Wagner made it 4-0 and the saw the end of Stuart Skinner’s night who was relieved by Zac Robidoux – Skinner stopped 26 of 30 shots he faced. Before the period was out, Patrick D’Amico potted another to make it 5-0 Pats after forty minutes.
In the third, the Pats did not relent. Christoffer and D’Amico each potted their second of the night 2:16 apart early in the period to give Regina a 7-0 lead. At the 9:36 mark, Lenny Hackman sniped home his first of the season snapping an 18-game goalless drought – his last goal came March 1st in Swift Current. Tyler Wong picked up the lone assist – he now has points in six of his last seven games. On a power play, Brooks added another slipping on through the arm of Robidoux to make it an 8-1 game and that is how it ended with the home team having a lopsided victory over the ‘Canes.
Despite the lopsided score, the ‘Canes weren’t outshot by too much. Regina had 46, while Lethridge had 36.
Hurricanes went 0/2 on the power play while the Pats went 2/4.
Three stars in the game were:
1) Pats – #18 Morgan Klimchuk – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) Pats – #35 Daniel Wapple – (35 saves)
3) Pats – #10 Adam Brooks – (2 goals, 1 assist)
The Hurricanes first three game win streak in nearly two years is over, but the ‘Canes did pick up six of eight points on a four game road trip and four of six over the three-in-three weekend through Saskatchewan.
The Hurricanes return home Wednesday to take on the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre before a Halloween showdown with the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.