Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played the second of a two game home stand on Saturday night as they welcomed an undermanned Red Deer Rebels team and the ‘Canes took advantage earning a 3-1 victory.
Rebels were without Brandon Hagel and Michael Spacek in the game. The Hurricanes newest addition, Kyle Yewchuk, made his debut after being acquired from the Edmonton Oil Kings after the game on Friday night.
It was a slow going first period that saw the Hurricanes outshoot the Rebels 9-8 in the period. The ‘Canes had a great chance early in the game on a two-on-one but Riley Lamb robbed Giorgio Estephan to keep the game scoreless. The ‘Canes did break through and opened the scoring at the 10:34 mark as Jordy Bellerive scored a beauty for his 17th of the season – Brennan Riddle and Brennan Menell picked up the helpers as the ‘Canes led 1-0 after twenty minutes.
The teams split a pair of goals in the second period. The ‘Canes jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Tyler Wong potted his team-leading 27th of the season on a one-timer – Estephan and Menell picked up the helpers on the play. Red Deer, who was the better team in the second period, got on the board after a favourable bounce off the end boards and Ethan Sakowich jammed home his second of the season to get the Rebels within one as the ‘Canes held a 2-1 lead after two periods. Red Deer outshot Lethbridge 18-13 in the second period and held the edge 26-22 thru forty minutes of play.
The Rebels pushed and pushed hard in the third period in hopes of equalizing the game but Stuart Skinner was excellent in the Hurricanes crease stopping all 19 shots he saw in the final twenty minutes. The Rebels had a lot of chances, the best was an Adam Musil crossbar. Late in the game, the Rebels pulled the goalie for the extra attacker and with 56 seconds left in the game Wong netted his second of the night and 28th of the season to seal a 3-1 victory.
The Hurricanes were outshot 45-34 on the night. ‘Canes went 1/4 on the power play while the Rebels went 0/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the night were:
1) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – 44 saves
2) ‘Canes – #27 Brennan Menell – 2 assists
3) Rebels – #33 Riley Lamb – 30 saves
The Hurricanes improved to 22-15-3-2 on the season and 14-5-2-0 on home ice. Lethbridge has posted a 3-0-1-0 record against Red Deer this season and have gone 8-1-1-0 in their last ten head-to-head meetings dating back to February of 2015.
The ‘Canes are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Edmonton to face the Oil Kings at Rogers Place. The Hurricanes will return home next Friday for ‘Cougar Night’ when they welcome the Prince George Cougars. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre or Yates Ticket Centre’s.
(Photo Credit: Tyler Barrett)