Hurricanes Edge Giants 4-3
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes earned a 4-3 victory on Friday against the Vancouver Giants at the ENMAX Centre in front 4,339 fans.
It was an even and back-and-forth first period that saw both teams trade chances in the free-flowing opening frame. The Hurricanes had a hat-trick of goal posts in the first as Jake Leschyshyn, Nick Henry and Dylan Cozens all hit metal to keep the game scoreless. Liam Hughes made some big saves in the first as he stopped all 10 shots he faced in the period while David Tendeck stopped all seven shots he saw in the game.
The Hurricanes opened the scoring early in the second period as Jake Elmer tapped home his 17th goal of the season on and odd-man rush just 1:01 into the middle frame; Dylan Cozens and Taylor Ross earned the helpers on the goal. Lethbridge struck again to make it 2-0 as Captain Jordy Bellerive back-handed home his 19th of the year; assists went to Jake Leschyshyn and Nick Henry. Vancouver pushed back however as they cut the ‘Canes lead in half with a power play goal by Owen Hardy at 14:24 before tying the game just 33 seconds later as Justin Sourdif beat Hughes with a low shot to tie the game at 2-2. The Giants held the edge in shots 14-9 in the middle stanza.
In the third period, the Hurricanes re-took the lead as Ross ripped home his 22nd goal of the season to make it 3-2 Lethbridge just 3:31 into the final frame; Elmer and Koletrane Wilson earned the assists on the goal. The ‘Canes added to their lead as Elmer potted his second of the game and 18th of the season at 7:53 to make it 4-2; Ross was handed the lone assist on the goal. Vancouver pulled to one on an individual effort on a power play at 16:14 to make it 4-3 but that was as close as the Giants would come as the ‘Canes hung on for the win.
Shots were even in the third period at 12-12 while the Giants held the edge in the game 36-28 in the game. The ‘Canes went 0/3 on the power play while the Giants were 2/5 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #20 Jake Elmer (2 goals, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #8 Taylor Ross (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #30 Liam Hughes (33 saves)
The victory for the Hurricanes ends a two-game losing streak and improves their record to 11-2-2-2 in their last 17 games and 20-10-4-4 on the season.
The ‘Canes will return travel to Edmonton on Sunday to face the Oil Kings before returning to the ENMAX Centre on Wednesday, January 9th to host the Kootenay Ice. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.