Lethbridge Hurricanes (18-10-0-0) vs. Prince Albert Raiders (17-8-2-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes played their second last home game before hitting the road for a six game trip before the Christmas break and the ‘Canes were shutout for the first time this season as the Prince Albert Raiders picked up a 2-0 win to become just the third road team to win at the ENMAX Centre this season.
The Hurricanes started very slow and didn’t get much better until the third period, but by that time it was 2-0 and Rylan Parenteau was dialed in. The Hurricanes ended the night with 40 shots on goal, 22 of them came in the third period.
Reid Gardiner, the Raiders leading scorer, got Prince Albert on the board early as he walked through Andrew Nielsen before outwaiting Stuart Skinner to for his 18th of the season just 26 seconds into the hockey game. The Hurricanes had their chances in the period to draw even, including three power play chances, but the ‘Canes only mustered two shots on the three power play opportunities as the ‘Canes trailed 1-0 after twenty minutes of play. Shots favoured Prince Albert 15-12 in the first period.
In the second period, it was much of the same as the first. The Hurricanes got caught running around their own zone and paid the price for it. Gardiner found Jordan Tkatch in front of the net who made a nice pass for Matteo Gennaro who beat Skinner over the glove to make it 2-0 just 4:06 into the second. Hurricanes were outshot 9-6 in the middle period.
The ‘Canes played a much better third period and created a lot more scoring chances but could not solve Parenteau. The Hurricanes had countless goal mouth scrambles that somehow stayed out of the net. The ‘Canes battled right to the final minutes directing a total of 22 shots on goal in in the third period to Prince Albert’s seven.
Lethbridge outshot Prince Albert 40-31 in the game. ‘Canes went 0/5 on the power play while the Raiders were 0/1.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Raiders – #30 Rylan Parenteau – (40 save shutout)
2) Raiders – #19 Reid Gardiner – (1 goal, 1 assist, including game winner)
3) ‘Canes – #16 Ryley Lindgren
The Hurricanes had their five game winning streak snapped as they fall to 18-10-0-0 on the season. The Hurricanes also had their four game home winning streak haulted and fall to 12-3-0-0 at the ENMAX Centre.
The ‘Canes wrap up a three-game home stand tomorrow night when they welcome the Red Deer Rebels in the 20th Annual Canadian Tire Toque and Teddy Toss starting at 7:00pm.