Lethbridge Hurricanes (5-14-3-1) vs. Moose Jaw Warriors (10-11-2-1)
The Hurricanes were coming off a 5-1 loss Friday in Kootenay that wasn’t necessarily a 5-1 game as they added two late goals with 1:13 left in the game. However, the ‘Canes, who’ve struggled to score in recent weeks struggled again Saturday only scoring once despite many good chances.
The first twenty minutes of the game appeared to be a feeling out process between the two clubs. Not many shots in the first ten minutes and a lot of neutral zone play. Moose Jaw out shot the Hurricanes 10-7 in the opening period.
In the second, the teams would get on the board. The Warriors opened the scoring at the 2:34 mark as former Hurricanes Jaimen Yakubowski poked at a puck that appeared to be covered by Zac Robidoux who made his ninth straight start. On the play, Robidoux lost his helmet in the process but the goal would stand – Brett Howden and Tanner Eberle picked up the assists. Moose Jaw added to their lead on a power play as Dustin Perillat hammered one from the right point that beat Robidoux on the blocker side making it 2-0. It would become 3-0 at the 8:29 mark as Eberle walked off the right wall and slid one in five hole. Quickly thereafter, a penalty to Jack Rodewald would result in a power play goal for Tyler Wong, his eighth goal of the season – assists went to Taylor Cooper and Riley Sheen as the lead was cut to 3-1. The ‘Canes continued to press and Jaeger White came close to recording his first WHL goal but he hit the post on a great shot from the slot. ‘Canes out shot the Warriors 12-11 in the second.
Down a pair of goals in the third period, the Hurricanes would get ample opportunities with the power play and would create lots of chances. The ‘Cane would put eight shots on Justin Paulic who came up big in the Moose Jaw crease. The Warriors would seal the deal as Torrin White, the older brother of Jaeger, found the back of the net on a tough bounce against the ‘Canes. They’d add another with under a minute left as Austin Adam had one bounce off a Hurricane and in to ice a 5-1 win.
Shots in the contest favoured Moose Jaw 30-27 on the night. ‘Canes went 1/6 on the power play while the Warriors went 1/3.
1) Warriors – #22 Tanner Eberle – (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #7 Jaeger White – (0 points)
3) Warriors – #11 Kolten Olynek – (2 assists)
The Hurricanes with the loss have now lost eight straight games and five straight in regulation. The ‘Canes are now 5-14-3-1 on the season. The ‘Canes will regroup overnight and get ready to play their third game in three days Sunday when they entertain the Prince Albert Raiders at the ENMAX Centre, a 4pm puck drop.