Lethbridge Hurricanes (9-20-3-2) vs. Medicine Hat Tigers (24-9-1-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes picked up Saturday night where they left off before the Christmas break winning their third straight contest, 6-5 over the Medicine Hat Tigers. The ‘Canes have knocked off the second and third placed teams in the Eastern Conference in back to back games, albeit over a course of ten days.
The Hurricanes got off to a sluggish start against the Tigers. Anthony Ast opened the scoring just 1:20 into the game jumping on a loose puck that sat in the crease. At the 11:01 mark, Miles Warkentine jammed home his first as a Hurricanes to tie the game at one – Carter Folk and Dexter Bricker picked up the helpers. However, the shift after the goal saw the Tigers retake the lead as Tommy Vannelli swatted one out of mid air to make it 2-1 Medicine Hat after one period. Tigers out shot the Hurricanes 15-10 in the first period.
The second period was complete domination by Lethbridge. After an early penalty kill to see a Devan Fafard minor expire, the Hurricanes took over from there. At the 6:23 mark Tyler Wong centred to Jamal Watson who beat Tigers netminder Marek Langhamer low to the blocker post and in to tie the game. The Hurricanes took their first lead of the game as Giorgio Estephan scored his second in as many games in similar fashion beating Langhamer to the blocker to make it 3-2 ‘Canes – Zane Jones and Brayden Burke picked up the assists, the first career point for Burke.They added to their lead as Jones scored one of his own roofing one by the Tiger keeper on a power play to give the ‘Canes a 4-2 lead after forty minutes. The Hurricanes out shot the Tigers 17-9 in the period.
Early in the third, a pair of goals by Alex Mowbray, first at the 2:49 mark and then at the 5:30 mark to tie the game 4-4. The ‘Canes retook the lead with Watson’s second of the night, and 15th of the season, as he finished a pass from Taylor Cooper to make it 5-4 with a power play goal. Steven Owre once again tied the game slipping one through the legs of Stuart Skinner, also on a power play. However, just 37 seconds after Owre tied the game, an NHL-calibre wrist shot by Jones made it 6-5 as he blistered one over the glove of Langhamer to give the ‘Canes the lead with just 2:24 left in the game and the ‘Canes went on to win their third straight.
Medicine Hat out shot Lethbridge 47-37 in the game. Hurricanes went 2/4 on the power play, the Tigers went 1/3.
1) ‘Canes – #26 Zane Jones – (2 goals, 1 assist – including GWG)
2) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Tigers – #24 Alex Mowbray – (2 goals)
The Hurricanes with the win are now 9-20-3-2 on the season and are 3-1-0-1 since the coaching change. The ‘Canes are also 6-1-1-0 when leading after two periods of play.
The Hurricanes will take on the same Tigers Sunday at the Medicine Hat Arena, game time is 6pm.