Lethbridge Hurricanes (5-9-0-1) vs. Prince Albert Raiders (6-9-0-0)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned home Wednesday night to begin a stretch of four of five games on home ice. The ‘Canes played host to a Prince Albert Raiders team that snapped a two game losing streak last night with a 5-0 win in Kootenay, but Tyler Wong’s three goals helped the Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory.
The ‘Canes second line of Wong, Ryley Lindgren and Carter Folk continued their hot hand combing for three goals and eight points on the night. Folk had three assists, while Lindgren had a pair of helpers in the victory. Wong now has points in seven of his last eight games, five goals and four assists in that span.
Wong opened the scoring at the 12:41 mark of the first period. Lindgren did a good job to track down a puck behind the Raiders goal that was put there by Folk, before he centered to Wong who roofed it by Raiders goalie Nick McBride. Just 1:45 later, Zane Jones fed one back to Andrew Nielsen at the right point and the rearguard fired home his second in three games – both coming against the Raiders to give Lethbridge a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes. ‘Canes out shot the Raiders 13-9.
The Raiders started the second period strong searching to get on the board with multiple good scoring chances, however, Zac Robidoux – who was playing in place of Stuart Skinner who is attending the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia, Ontario – came up large. Wong eventually broke open the scoring in the second with a rebound goal off a Lindgren shot for this second of the game, this time at the 15:44 mark; Folk picked up the second assist. But, the Raiders came storming back. At the 17:18 marl, Darcy Zaharichuk jumped on a loose puck in front of the Hurricane net before sliding one by a sprawled Robidoux to make it 3-1. Then, just 1:44 later, Marcus Messier scored his first as a Raider banging home a centering pass from Matteo Gennaro to see a 3-2 Hurricanes lead after two periods.
Early in the third, while four-on-four, Riley Sheen moved in on a partial two-on-one and centered a perfect pass across to Jamal Watson and the ‘Canes Captain made no mistake rifling one home into an empty net as McBride was slow to get across to restore the ‘Canes lead to a two goal advantage, this time 4-2. Despite some power plays later in the period, the Raiders failed to generate any great scoring chances and Wong would complete the hat trick with just 57 seconds left in the game as Folk found him alone in front and he put it into the empty net to seal the 5-2 win for the ‘Canes.
The Hurricane out shot the Raiders 34-33 on the night – it’s the first time that the ‘Canes have out shot the opposition this year. Lethbridge went 0/4 on the power play, but kept the Raiders to 0/3 on the night.
1) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – (3 goals, including GWG)
2) ‘Canes – #16 Ryley Lindgren – (2 assists)
3) Raiders – #17 Marcus Messier – (1 goal)
Wong, Folk, Lindgren, and Sheen all had multi-point nights in the win. While Robidoux earned his first victory as a member of the Hurricanes.
The ‘Canes have now won four of their last five games and snapped a three-game home losing streak with the victory. The ‘Canes are next in action on Friday night, Halloween, when the welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings to the ENMAX Centre before a Saturday showdown in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice.