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The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued their three-game East Division road trip on Wednesday night in Moose Jaw against the Warriors with hopes of ending a three-game losing streak but the Warriors scored once in each period en route to a 3-1 victory.
Stuart Skinner bounced back with a strong effort after being replaced in Tueday’s game in Regina. Skinner made 29 saves including making his 3000th WHL save in the loss.
Moose Jaw struck early in the first period as they controlled the first shift in the Hurricanes zone. After a puck was stolen in the corner, Brett Howden centered to Josh Thrower who ripped a one-timer by Stuart Skinner post-and-in to make it 1-0 Warriors just 50 seconds into the game – Jayden Halbgewachs picked up the second assist. The Hurricanes settled down in the period and started to play the way they can. The ‘Canes tied the game as the Captain Tyler Wong picked off a D-to-D pass and roofed it over the blocker of Zach Sawchenko to make it 1-1. The Warriors were outshot 8-6 in the first period.
In the second period the Warriors pulled ahead again with the lone goal. At the 8:25 mark, Noah Gregor scored his third of the season on a sharp angled shot that beat Skinner on the glove side to give Moose Jaw their second lead of the of the night 2-1. The Hurricanes had some looks including a goal post by Jesse Zaharichuk but could not solve Sawchenko as they trailed after two periods of play. Shots favoured the Warriors 13-6 in the period and held the edge 21-12 through forty minutes of play.
The Hurricanes had one of their better periods in recent games in the third period directing ten shots on Sawchenko including a goal post by Jordy Bellerive on a shorthanded breakaway but the ‘Canes could not find the back of the net. The Warriors iced the game with an empty net goal by Nikita Popugaev with 1:09 left in the game to give Moose Jaw a 3-1 victory.
The Hurricanes were outshot for the tenth time this season 32-22 in the game. The ‘Canes went 0/1 on the power play while the Warriors were 0/2 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Warriors – #23 Tristin Langan – 1 assist
2) Warriors – #22 Noah Gregor – 1 goal
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – 29 saves
The loss for the Hurricanes is their fourth straight defeat and drops their record to 5-5-1-1 on the season and 1-3-0-1 on the road. The ‘Canes will wrap up their three game road trip on Friday when they visit the Brandon Wheat Kings at 6:30pm Alberta time.