Lethbridge Hurricanes (12-6-0-0) vs. Moose Jaw Warriors (11-5-2-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a three-in-three road trip Friday night with a 4-2 loss in Moose Jaw to the Warriors.
The ‘Canes lead the game 2-1 heading into the third period but surrendered three goals in the final twenty minutes to drop their first game when leading a game into the third period and dropped their fourth straight road game.
The Hurricanes had a strong start to the game playing a good road period outshooting the Warriors 8-6 in the opening twenty minutes. The ‘Canes had some great looks, but Zach Sawchenko was solid in the Warrior goal. Stuart Skinner was strong for the Hurricanes stopping all six shots he faced including a nice glove stop off Jesse Shynkaruk to keep it scoreless. The Warriors hit a pair of goal posts in the first period, but it ended scoreless after one period.
The ‘Canes continued to play a strong road game and finally got rewarded as Tyler Wong snapped a five-game goalless drought tipping home an Andrew Nielsen point shot at the 4:54 mark for his team-leading 15th goal of the season. The ‘Canes added to their lead as Cory Millette jammed home a loose puck after a Brady Reagan shot hit the goal post. Moose Jaw cut the lead to one however as Brayden Point scored his 17th of the year with 4:12 left in the period to cut the lead to 2-1 heading to the second break. Hurricanes outshot the Warriors 17-12 in the second period.
Just 2:25 into the third period Moose Jaw tied the game as Landon Quinney beat Skinner high over the glove for his first WHL goal to equalize the score at 2-2. On a power play later in the period, Point scored his second of the night on a slap shot that got through Skinner to give the Warriors their first lead. With just 2:45 left in the game, Dryden Hunt added another as Moose Jaw took a 4-2 lead and that was the final.
The Hurricanes outshot the Warriors 14-12 in the game. Lethbridge went 0/2 on the power play, while Moose Jaw was 2/7 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Warriors – #18 Landon Quinney – (1 goal)
2) Warriors – #19 Brayden Points – (2 goals, 1 assist – including game winner)
3) ‘Canes – #6 Andrew Nielsen – (1 assist)
The loss snaps the ‘Canes two game win streak and drops their road record to 5-5-0-0 on the season and their overall record to 12-6-0-0 on the season. The ‘Canes are back in action Saturday night when they face the Brandon Wheat Kings at 6:30pm mountain time.