Hurricanes Doubled by Tigers 4-2
Medicine Hat, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned to action after 11 days off for the Christmas break as they began the unofficial second half of the season in Medicine Hat with a 4-2 loss to the Tigers.
It was a fast paced first period that saw the ‘Canes outshot 13-12 in the opening frame. Reece Klassen, who got the start as Stuart Skinner was sidelined with the flu, was great to start making a few terrific stops on Tigers’ leading goal scorer Mark Rassell.
The Tigers started the second period with their second power play of the game but failed to capitalize with the man advantage. The ‘Canes and Tigers each had nine shots on goal in the middle frame and Lethbridge was able to opening the scoring when Jordy Bellerive snapped one five-hold on Jordan Hollett to make it 1-0 with a power play goal; Calen Addison and Taylor Ross picked up the assists.
In the third period, the Tigers switched it on outshooting the Hurricanes 18-8 in the period. Medicine Hat tied the game with a power play goal by David Quenneville as he beat Klassen 4:53 into the third. The Tigers took a 2-1 lead as Max Gerlach snapped one crossbar-and-in but it only lasted 22 seconds as Lane Zablocki scored his first as a Hurricanes on breakaway to level the score at 2-2; Giorgio Estephan and Ross earned the helpers. Tigers potted another power play goal as James Hamblin wristed one home with 2:36 to play before Quenneville scored an empty net goal to make it a 4-2 final.
The Hurricanes were outshot 40-29 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 1/1 on the power play while the Tigers were 2/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Tigers – #10 James Hamblin (1 goal)
2) Tigers – #19 David Quenneville (2 goals, 1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #31 Reece Klassen (36 saves)
The loss for the ‘Canes was their fifth in their last six games and dropped their record to 15-17-2-0 on the season. The defeat evens the season series with the Tigers are 2-2-0-0 with the home team winning all four games.
The Hurricanes return to the ENMAX Centre on Friday when they welcome the Tigers in the back-half of a home-and-home. Tickets for the game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.