Hurricanes Edge Pats 5-4 in OT

wong-pats-cellyThe Lethbridge Hurricanes welcome the league-leading Regina Pats on Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre in hopes of having their streak continue and it took overtime but the Hurricanes earned a 5-4 victory over the Pats.

The Hurricanes started well outskating the Pats and got rewarded early. Tanner Nagel threw a puck to net and was able to beat Pats goalie Tyler Brown 4:10 into the game to make it 1-0 Hurricanes – Jadon Joseph and Zane Franklin picked up the assists on the goal. The Hurricanes made it 2-0 as they struck with a power play at the 13:23 mark as Ryan Bowen redirected a Jordy Bellerive point shot to the back of the net – Tyler Wong extended his point scoring streak to six games with the second assist. However, the two goal lead was short-lived as Sam Steel scored his 32 seconds later cutting the lead in half. Steel struck again before the period was out as he pick-pocketed Calen Addison and buried one over the blocker of Stuart Skinner with just 38 seconds left in the period as the first ended in a 2-2 tie. Hurricanes were outshot 15-7 in the first period.

The ‘Canes jumped on the Pats early in the second period as Wong potted his 20th goal of the season just 33 seconds on after Colton Kroeker made a beautiful cross-ice saucer pass to the Captain to put Lethbridge back in front 3-2. Later in the period, Jordy Bellerive beat Brown with a shot from a knee along the ice to give the ‘Canes their second two-goal lead of the night. Hurricanes outshot the Pats 14-7 in the middle frame and led the game 4-2 after forty minutes.

The Pats took over in the third period as they outshot the Hurricanes 22-10 in the final twenty minutes. Regina scored to cut the lead in half as Adam Brooks scored his 14th goal of the season five minutes into the third period to make it a 4-3 game. Just 6:07 later, the Pats would tie the game as Jake Leschyshyn scored his 12th of the year to make it a 4-4 tie. Hurricanes continued to bend in the late stages of the third period but were able to hold to force overtime in a large part due to strong goaltending by Skinner to keep it tied.

In the overtime period, each team was credited with two shots on goal but the most important one was that of Brennan Menell who jammed home a puck on a goal mouth scramble 3:12 into the extra frame to give the Hurricanes a 5-4 overtime win over the Pats.

The final shots in the game favoured the Pats 46-33. ‘Canes went 1/6 on the power play and 2/2 on the penalty kill – ‘Canes have now killed off 15 straight penalties while not allowing a power play goal against in their last five games.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #5 Tyler Wong – 1 goal, 2 assists
2) Pats – #23 Sam Steel – 2 goals
3) ‘Canes – #19 Ryan Bowen – 1 goal, 2 assists

The win for the Hurricanes improves their record to 8-0-1-0 in their last nine games and 15-11-2-2 overall on the season.  The ‘Canes are now 9-5-1-0 on home ice this season.

The Hurricanes are back in action on Friday when they welcome the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first of a three-in-three weekend. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.

(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)


One thought on “Hurricanes Edge Pats 5-4 in OT

  1. Well, maybe not quite “Christmas Miracle” material, but can’t be too far from it.

    Ugly or not. Deserved or not. Bottom line, the Canes just beat the highest ranking team in the Canadian Hockey League.

    To their tremendous credit, Canes took only 3 penalties against this talented and speedy team, and even better, only had to spend two minutes and fifteen seconds short handed to kill them all off.

    Even with a two goal lead after two periods, to me it seemed like the Canes were playing well enough to still lose by four. The Pats scored 5 in the third the last time they came to town, but not this time. The Pats work so hard. They play such a strong team game. They create so many chances, they play physical, they force errors, they anticipate so well, maybe they just don’t shoot enough from their knees? Giveaway after giveaway after giveaway, but Skinner kept the Canes in it just long enough. And of course, right on cue, the Wong stuff comes through again. What a competitor! Although he didn’t get credit for the goal, that goal was all him.

    Skinner was very good and I think that the Pats tender Brown let in 3 more goals in this game than most of the other tenders in the WHL would have, including the OT winner.

    And whats up next for the Canes? They have to face the only team in the WHL that plays even more relentlessly than the Pats. A streak of grumpy Tigers who will insist on leaving their 4 game losing streak in Lethbridge vs a goaltender still looking for his second WHL goal.


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