Lethbridge Hurricanes (8-20-3-2) vs. Regina Pats (20-11-2-0)
After a huge win Tuesday night over the Moose Jaw Warriors that snapped a six game losing streak, the Lethbridge Hurricanes followed it up with another victory, this time 5-4 in overtime over the red hot Regina Pats.
Regina had won 15 of their previous 18 games heading into the contest on Wednesday night against the ‘Canes. If one word could describe the game the Hurricanes played in Regina would be, “persistent.”
The Hurricanes three separate times battled back from deficits in the contest before Nick Walters won the game 1:46 into overtime. An early power play goal just 90 seconds into the game for Sam Steel gave the Pats an early 1-0 lead. Just over five minutes later, a Jamal Watson giveaway while on the power play resulted in a two-on-nothing the other way and Austin Wagner would beat Stuart Skinner to make it 2-0 just 6:22 into the game. However, the Hurricanes were persistent and battled back to tie the game before the end of the first. Watson redeemed himself as he out waited Daniel Wapple to cut the lead in half at the 12:31 mark. Tyler Wong tied the game a deuces scoring an unassisted goal with just 1:34 left in the period. Lethbridge had the edge in shots 10-9 in the opening twenty minutes.
The teams traded goals in the second and third periods. Braden Christoffer scored a beauty of a goal at the 6:36 mark on a give-and-go with Morgan Klimchuk slipping one by Skinner to give the Pats their second lead of the game. The ‘Canes once again tied the game while four-on-four. Andrew Nielsen from the goal line in his own zone sent a beautiful pass up ice hitting Giorgio Estephan on a breakaway who made no mistake making a terrific move to the backhand before roofing one over Wapple to snap a 23-game personal goalless drought tying the game 3-3 after two periods.
In the third, both teams had their chances, but with 2:32 left in the game Carter Hansen beat Skinner on a shot from the point the got by the ‘Canes rookie goalie. The Hurricanes though did not fold the tent and Jaeger White tied the game just 58 seconds later to force overtime.
In the extra frame, White dropped a puck at the blue line for Nick Walters who let a long snap shot go from the line that beat Wapple at the 1:46 mark as the ‘Canes stunned the Pats for their second straight victory.
Hurricanes for just the second time this season out shot an opposition as they held the edge 30-26 in the contest.
The ‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play and held the Pats to 1/7 on the extra man.
Three stars in the building were:
1) ‘Canes – #3 Nick Walters – (1 goal, GWG)
2) Pats – #18 Morgan Klimchuk – (1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #17 Jamal Watson – (1 goal, 1 assist)
The Hurricanes head into the ten day Christmas break having won back-to-back games for just the second time this season and collecting five out of a possible eight points in their last four games.
The Hurricanes are now 6-1-0-1 in midweek games and 4-2 on the road against East Division opponents. The ‘Canes next game will come on December 27th when the host the Medicine Hat Tigers at the ENMAX Centre in the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home set with the Central leading Tigers.