Lethbridge Hurricanes (10-5-0-0) vs. Prince George Cougars (8-6-0-0)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up their season-long six-game road trip with a 4-3 loss in Prince Geroge against the Cougars on Monday night.
The Hurricanes once again played a very strong third period in hopes to tie, but ran out of time for the second straight game. The ‘Canes played a very good road game, but turnovers and inopportune penalties proved costly.
The first period was a very even period that saw chances at both ends. Ty Edmonds for Prince George and Jayden Sittler for the Hurricanes stood tall making some great saves to keep the game scoreless in the fast-paced opening period. However, on an offensive blue-line turnover, the Cougars had a two-on-one and Jesse Gabrielle centered to Brad Morrison who opened the scoring with just 2:39 left in the first to make it 1-0 PG. Cougars led in the shots 13-12 in the first period.
The teams traded a pair of goals in the second period and despite being outshot 16-5 in the middle frame, the Hurricanes mustered two goals. First, on a power play, Luka Zorko beat Sittler on a long point shot to make it 2-0 home-side. Just 1:46 seconds later though Brady Reagan beat Edmonds with a bullet for his first of the year, also on the power play to cut the lead to 2-1. On another turnover though, Gabrielle made it 3-1 Cougars before Brayden Burke scored his fifth of the year with 37 seconds left in the period to make it 3-2 heading to the third period.
Despite the shots being 11-11 in the final period, the play was swayed in the Prince George end as the Hurricanes pushed hard for a tie. However, Chase Witala – on another turnover – countered quickly beating Sittler to make it 4-2 just 5:42 into the third. The ‘Canes answered right back though as Cory Millette scored his third goal in two games on a doorstep jam to cut the lead again to just one. The ‘Canes had multiple great scoring chances by Edmonds had an answer every time before the Hurricanes simply ran out of time losing the game 4-3.
The Hurricanes were outshot 40-28 on the night. The ‘Canes went 2/6 on the power play while the Cougars finished 1/6.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Cougars – #13 Jesse Gabrielle – (1 goal, 2 assists)
2) Cougars – #9 Brad Morrison – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #19 Brayden Burke – (1 goal)
The Hurricanes finished the road trip with a 3-3-0-0 record having won the first three and losing the final three. The ‘Canes now sit with a record of 10-5-0-0 on the season and return home Friday for a two-game set at the ENMAX Centre against Seattle and Kootenay before heading East for a three-game road trip.