Medicine Hat, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes boarded the bus for the first time this season as they looked to remain perfect on the year in the second of a back-to-back with the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night. After a 5-2 victory on Friday, the ‘Canes were on the short end of a 4-0 defeat Saturday at the Canalta Centre.
In the first period the Tigers held the edge in shots on goal 14-4, but despite the lopsided numbers on the shot clock the opening period was an even twenty minutes. The ‘Canes Egor Zudilov had a good early scoring chance but had a shot go off the goal-post on a breakaway. David Quenneville ripped one off the cross-bar on a power play while James Hamblin also hit a first period post. Both Stuart Skinner and Michael Bullion also came up with large saves in the opening frame as the game was scoreless after one period of play.
The ‘Canes had a strong look to start the second period as Jadon Joseph snapped one of the cross-bar, but could not get it to go. Quickly after Joseph hit the bar, the Tigers broke the other way on an odd-man rush that ended up in the game’s first goal at the 1:20 mark as Ryan Chyzowski snapped a loose puck past Skinner to make it 1-0 Medicine Hat. The Tigers built on their lead at the 4:03 mark as sixteen-year-old Josh Williams scored his first of the regular season. Mark Rassell put the Tigers up 3-0 with a power play goal as he banked one in off of ‘Canes defenseman Igor Merezhko. Shots in the middle frame favoured the Tigers 17-8.
In the third period, the two teams were even once again as Medicine Hat held the edge in shots on goal outshooting the ‘Canes 13-10 in the final twenty minutes. With just over three minutes remaining on the clock, the ‘Canes pulled the goaltender to attempt to get the offense going. Max Gerlach stole a puck and slipped one into the empty net to make it a 4-0 final.
The Tigers outshot the Hurricanes 44-22 in the hockey game. Lethbridge went 0/2 on the power play while Medicine Hat was 1/3 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Tigers – #10 James Hamblin (1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner (40 saves)
3) Tigers – #27 Mark Rassell (1 goal, 2 assists)
The Hurricanes are now 1-1-0-0 on the season after the loss on Saturday night. They will travel to Edmonton next Friday to face the Oil Kings before returning to the ENMAX Centre on Saturday to play the second of a home-and-home with Edmonton.
Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.