Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played the sixth game of a season long seven game home-stand on Wednesday in hopes of earning their eight victory of the season but failed to do so falling 2-1 in overtime to the Saskatoon Blades.
Saskatoon was the better team in the first period, but it was the ‘Canes that held a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes. The Blades peppered Stuart Skinner early in the game but failed to solve the ‘Canes netminder who celebrated his 19th birthday. Skinner stopped all 14 shots he faced in the game. The ‘Canes had the first good look to open the scoring as Shawn Harke rang one off the crossbar. Minutes later, Lethbridge struck as Josh Tarzwell potted his second goal in as many games as he tipped home a centering pass from Jake Elmer at the 6:55 mark; Egor Zudilov picked up the second assist to make it 1-0. The Hurricanes generated some strong looks on a late period power play but couldn’t add to their lead as they held the one goal advantage after one period.
The Hurricanes and Blades each fired 15 shots on goal in the second period but neither team was able to capitalize. The ‘Canes had a pair of power play opportunities in the middle frame and generated some good looks but the Blades goalie Ryan Kubic was strong. The Blades failed to score on one power play chance in the second as the scored remained 1-0 Lethbridge after forty minutes of play.
In the third, the Blades tied the game at the 8:32 with a power play goal by Mark Rubinchik that beat Skinner. The Hurricanes had their looks with the man advantage to re-take the lead but failed to beat Kubic who stood tall as the ‘Canes outshot the Blades 11-2 in the final twenty minutes.
For the first time this season the ‘Canes went to overtime and had some great opportunities to end the game including a three-on-one that didn’t produce a shot. With 6.7 seconds left in the overtime period, the Blades won the game as Chase Wouters won the game.
The Hurricanes and Blades each had 36 shots on goal in the game. The ‘Canes were 0/5 on the power play while the Blades were 1/3 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Blades – #31 Ryan Kubic (35 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner (34 saves)
3) Blades – #44 Chase Wouters (1 goal, 1 assist)
The loss was the ‘Canes second straight defeat after dropping a 7-4 decision on Sunday to Seattle. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 7-6-1-0 on the season.
The Hurricanes will conclude their season long seven game home-stand on Friday when they welcome the Calgary Hitmen at the ENMAX Centre in the first of a back-to-back, home-and-home. Tickets for Friday’s game are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)