Lethbridge Hurricanes (43-21-1-1) vs. Prince Albert Raiders (36-21-7-1)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up the Saskatchewan portion of a four game road trip on Saturday night in Hockey Town North in hopes of extending their winning streak to four games but it was the Prince Albert Raiders that hung on to a 3-2 victory.
Two goals forty seconds apart in the first period along with a power play goal in the middle frame and tremendous goaltending by Rylan Parenteau helped the Raiders to the victory. The Hurricanes had countless great opportunities in the game including a Brayden Burke breakaway and a three-on-one that saw Parenteau make some fantastic saves. The ‘Canes had a strong comeback push but ran out of time.
Brendan Guhle got things going at the 3:25 mark of the first period as the Buffalo Sabres’ draft pick netted his 10th of the year on a long point-shot after a Sean Montgomery face off win to put the Raiders up 1-0; it was the Raiders first shot of the game. Forty seconds later, Prince Albert made it 2-0 as Parker Kelly jumped on a Jordan Tkatch rebound and buried it by Jayden Sittler to give the Raiders a two goal lead just 4:05 into the game. With a power play, the Hurricanes cut the lead in half as Cory Millette banged home his 31st of the season at the 9:42 mark to make it a 2-1 Raider lead – Kord Pankewicz and Jordy Bellerive picked up the assists on the play. Hurricanes outshot the Raiders 11-7 in the opening period but trailed 2-1 after twenty minutes.
Hurricanes played a very strong second period with some terrific scoring chances but every time they had a good look, Parenteau came up large. Burke was sprung on a partial breakaway and made a nice move to the back hand and thought he had a tap in for a game-tying goal but Parenteau hung his left leg just enough to stop the puck to keep it a one goal Raider lead. Moments after that, with Pankewicz in the box for hooking, Reid Gardiner snapped home his team-leading 39th of the season at the 11:17 mark of the second to give Prince Albert a 3-1 lead. Shots were tied 12-12 in the middle frame.
In the third period, the Hurricanes continued to press as they played a strong game. Early in the period, the Hurricanes had a partial two-on-on that saw Tyler Wong his the goal post. Midway through the period, the ‘Cane cut the lead to one as Ryley Lindgren buried his 26th goal of the season on the power play – it was his team-leading 14th power play goal of the season – as the ‘Canes made it 3-2 with 11:08 to go in the game; Wong and Giorgio Estephan earned the assists. The ‘Canes continued to press, but ran out of time as their three game winning streak came to an end with the 3-2 loss.
The Hurricanes were outshot 11-10 in the third period, but they led the shot department 33-30 in the hockey game. For the second straight night, Lethbridge was 2/3 on the power play. Raiders went 1/3 on the man advantage.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Raiders – #24 Jordan Tkatch – (2 assists)
2) Raiders – #30 Rylan Parenteau – (31 saves)
3) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan – (1 assist)
The Hurricanes went 2-1-0-0 in the three games on the Saskatchewan leg of the trip. The loss drops the ‘Canes record to 43-21-1-1 on the season and they fall to second in the Eastern Conference after the Brandon Wheat Kings won on Saturday to take back control of first in the conference.
The Hurricanes are next in action on Tuesday night when they travel to take on the Kootenay Ice before returning home Friday to kick off a home-and-home with the Red Deer Rebels and as three-in-three weekend.