Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes concluded a three-game homestand on Tuesday with a 4-3 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors at the ENMAX Centre in front of 4,255 fans.
The Hurricanes came out flying in the first period pressuring the Warriors from the get-go. Lethbridge struck to make it a 1-0 game just 2:12 in as Tate Olson moved in and passed off to Keltie Jeri-Leon who was alone in front and he made no mistake for his eighth goal of the season; Egor Zudilov earned the second assist. The ‘Canes struck again at the 8:29 mark as Ty Prefontaine fed Taylor Ross on a breakaway and Ross deked to the back-hand and beat Brody Willms to make it 2-0; Jake Elmer drew the second assist on the goal. The Warriors had three power plays in the second half of the period, but the ‘Canes penalty kill held them off the sheet as Lethbridge has a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Shots were even 6-6 in the first period.
The Warriors were the better team in the second period as they took to it to the Hurricanes. Branden Klatt hit a goal post early in the period as it stayed 2-0. Logan Flodell was terrific in the middle frame as he faced 13 shots, stopping 12 of them. Brayden Burke also hit a goal post in the second period but with under a minute left it was Tristin Langan beat Flodell on a back-hand to make it 2-1; the goal was waived off immediately, but after a lengthy discussion between the two referees, the goal decision was overturned as Lethbridge had a 2-1 lead after forty minutes.
Moose Jaw continued the momentum from the second period early in the third and tied the game just 30 seconds in when Jett Woo let fly with a point shot that deflected by Flodell to make it 2-2. Just 40 seconds later, the Warriors pulled ahead as Justin Almeida snapped one through the legs of the ‘Canes netminder to make it 3-2 Moose Jaw. The Hurricanes pushed back and tied the game as Zudilov back-handed home his seventh of the year to make it a 3-3 tie; Jadon Joseph and Zane Franklin earned the assists. Before the game was over, the ‘Canes re-took the lead as Dylan Cozens banged home his 20th of the season with just 1:34 left in the game; Jordy Bellerive and Brad Morrison assisted on the game winning goal. Moose Jaw had a late push, but the ‘Canes were able to hang on to the 4-3 final.
The Hurricanes were outshot 21-9 in the third period and 40-20 in the game. Lethbridge went 0/2 on the power play, but were 3/3 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #10 Egor Zudilov (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #30 Logan Flodell (37 saves)
3) Warriors – #12 Jayden Halbgewachs (1 assist)
The win for the Hurricanes was their second straight and their fifth in their last six games. It improved the ‘Canes record to 31-25-6-0 on the season and ends February with an 8-4-0-0 record.
The Hurricanes will begin a four-game road trip on Friday in Saskatoon against the Blades before visiting the Prince Albert Raiders, Brandon Wheat Kings and the Warriors to end the trip next Wednesday. All four games can be heard on 106.7 ROCK or watched at Browns Socialhouse.
The ‘Canes will return to the ENMAX Centre on Friday, March 9th when they host the Red Deer Rebels. Tickets for the game can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)