Kent, WA – The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a three-in-three weekend on Friday with a 4-3 victory in Seattle against the Thunderbirds at accesso ShoWare Center.
The Hurricanes played a strong first period as they outshot the Thunderbirds 13-8 in the opening frame. Seattle, against the grain, opened the scoring on a goal by Noah Philp at the 7:01 mark to make it 1-0. The ‘Canes responded with a power play goal with under a minute left in the first period as Dylan Cozens snapped home his 26th goal of the season to make it 1-1 with just 47 seconds left in the period; Jake Elmer and Igor Merezhko picked up the assists on the goal.
The Thunderbirds pulled ahead with a power play goal of their own at the 8:55 mark in the second period as Jarrett Tyszka snapped home a point shot to make it 2-1 Seattle. The ‘Canes equalized as Scott Mahovlich banged home a loose puck for his first as a Hurricane and sixth of the season to tie the game 2-2; Jackson Shepard earned the lone assist on the goal. The tie game was short-lived however, as Nolan Volcan ripped one by Carl Tetachuk to make it 3-2 lead after forty minutes of play. Shots favoured Seattle 16-15 in the middle frame.
In the third period, the Hurricanes once again tied the game as Cozens buried a rebound for his second of the night and 27th of the season at the 4:08 mark to make it 3-3; Calen Addison and Taylor Ross picked up the assists on the goal. Just 51 seconds later, the ‘Canes struck again as Jake Leschyshyn banked home his 27th of the season at the 4:59 mark to give Lethbridge a 4-3 lead. The Thunderbirds pressed, but Tetachuk stood tall steering the ‘Canes to the victory.
Shots in the third period favoured the Hurricanes 11-5 as Lethbridge held the edge 39-29 in the game. Lethbridge went 1/4 with the power play while the Thunderbirds were 1/2 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #24 Dylan Cozens (2 goals)
2) T-Birds – #16 Noah Philp (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) T-Birds – #15 Sean Richards (1 assist)
The win for the Hurricanes was their first on the road against the Seattle Thunderbirds dating back to December of 2004. The victory for the Hurricanes was their second straight as they improved to 16-5-2-2 in their last 25 games. The win boasts their overall record to 25-13-4-4 on the season.
The Hurricanes will continue their three-in-three weekend on Saturday when they visit the Everett Silvertips before wrapping up the trip in Portland on Sunday against the Winterhawks.
The ‘Canes will return to the ENMAX Centre on Friday, February 2nd when they welcome the Red Deer Rebels. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.