Lethbridge Hurricanes (5-15-3-1) vs. Prince Albert Raiders (11-13-0-0)
Jamal Watson’s first career three point game was not enough for his Lethbridge Hurricanes who dropped their ninth consecutive game Sunday evening at the ENMAX Centre, 5-3 to the Prince Albert Raiders.
The Hurricanes welcomed the Raiders to town for the final of two times this season, the last was October 29th at the ENMAX Centre, a 5-2 win for the ‘Canes – coincidentally, the last win for Lethbridge.
The Hurricanes started the game with a jump looking like a completely different team. The ‘Canes dominated the Raiders early out skating them and out chancing them. Using their speed, the ‘Canes managed to get the second-least penalized team in the WHL to take three penalties in the opening period as they were chasing the ‘Canes. Lethbridge took advantage of the man advantage as Bryton Sayers scored his first goal of the season at the 13:03 mark – Watson and Kade Jensen picked up the helpers as the ‘Canes lead 1-0 after one period. Shots favoured the Hurricanes 15-9 in the first.
Prince Albert would equalize early in the second period as Jayden Hart jumped on a loose puck after a Zac Robidoux save to make it 1-1. However, the ‘Canes came right back as the top line got in on the act. Zane Jones scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season just 49 seconds after the Hart goal – Riley Sheen and Watson had the assists. The Hurricanes and Raiders played an even period, but at the 17:10 mark, Gage Quinney cut out of the left corner and out waited a sprawled Robidoux to tie the game 2-2 after forty minutes.
In the third, Jones returned the favour to Watson as he sprung the Captain on a breakaway and Watson made no mistake giving the ‘Canes a 3-2 lead on a deke to the backhand just 6:05 into the period. Prince Albert didn’t waste any time responding as just 19 seconds later Quinney sniped one over the glove of Robidoux to once again tie the game, 3-3. Later in the period, at the 14:46 mark, Jets draft pick Josh Morrissey uncorked a slapper from the blue line to give PA their first lead of the game, 4-3. Then, with under a minute left in the game, the Raiders added insurance as Reid Gardiner beat the ‘Canes goalie to ice a 5-3 win, just their first of the year against the Hurricanes.
Shots in the game were tied 35-35. ‘Canes went 1/5 on the power play, while the Raiders went 0/3.
1) Raiders – #28 Gage Quinney – (2 goals)
2) ‘Canes – #17 Jamal Watson – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #8 Bryton Sayers – (1 goal)
The Hurricanes have now lost nine straight games, five in six in regulation. Lethbridge will play host to the Vancouver Giants on Wednesday night in the first of two meetings this season – both will come in Lethbridge.