Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued their season long seven game home-stand on Wednesday night as they shutout the Regina Pats 2-0 at the ENMAX Centre.
Overage defenseman Tate Olson made his Hurricanes debut in the game after returning from off-season shoulder surgery. Olson was acquired from the Prince George Cougars in September; he had one shot on goal in his debut for the ‘Canes.
It was s feeling out process in the first period as neither team was able to get on the board. The Pats held the shot advantage in the period outshooting the Hurricanes 8-6. Neither team had a power play in the opening period. The best chance for the Hurricanes came midway through the period as Zach Cox missed two point blank chances but the puck bounced over his stick.
The pace picked up in the second period as both teams started to activate the defense in hopes of opening the scoring. The Pats controlled the first ten minutes peppering Stuart Skinner but the ‘Canes netminder stood tall keeping it scoreless. The ‘Canes had their looks as well, including a two-on-one midway through the period, but it took until the 16:34 mark to get the first goal as Dylan Cozens potted his team-leading seventh of the season on a rebound off Pats goaltender Tyler Brown to make it a 1-0 Lethbridge lead; Zane Franklin and Jordy Bellerive picked up the helpers on the goal. The ‘Canes outshot the Pats 11-10 in the second period.
The Pats poured on the steam in the third period as they outshot the ‘Canes 18-7 in the final twenty minutes by Skinner continued to stand tall making countless big saves. The ‘Canes were able to add some insurance in the third as Ryan Vandervlis sniped one over the glove of Brown to make it 2-0 Lethbridge with 7:47 left in the game; Bellerive and Jadon Joseph earned the assists. The Pats pressed in the dying minutes pulling their goaltender but were unable to beat Skinner as the ‘Canes held on to the 2-0 victory.
The ‘Canes were outshot 36-26 in the game. Both the Hurricanes and Pats were 0/1 on the power play.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner (36 saves, shutout)
2) ‘Canes – #24 Dylan Cozens (1 goal)
3) Pats – #31 Tyler Brown (22 saves)
The Hurricanes improve to 5-2-0-0 on home ice and 6-5-0-0 overall with the victory, which was their second straight win. The ‘Canes will continue their home-stand on Friday when they welcome the Calgary Hitmen on ‘WHL Suits Up With Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX Night’ at the ENMAX Centre.
Tickets for the game are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
(Photo Credit: Tyler Barrett)