Medicine Hat, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued their three-in-three weekend on Saturday in Medicine Hat against the Tigers in hopes of extending their winning streak to 10 but they were handed a 5-0 loss.
It was a fast-paced first period as the Hurricanes and Tigers each came out with good jump. Zane Franklin was issued a roughing penalty at the 3:33 mark resulting in an early power play for the second best man advantage in the WHL and the Tigers made no mistake. Just 14 seconds into the power play, Tigers captain Clayton Kirichenko beat Stuart Skinner over the blocker to make it 1-0 Medicine Hat. The ‘Canes had a few good looks the rest of the period but they were unable to beat Michael Bullion in the Tiger crease. Medicine Hat held the edge in shots 11-4.
The Tigers added on their lead in the second period as they potted two more goals. The ‘Canes would receive a power play early in the period but surrendered a shorthanded goal as Jordan Henderson passed to James Hamblin on a two-on-one and the second year forward roofed one by Skinner to make it 2-0 just 1:31 into the second. Medicine Hat struck late as well as Ryan Jevne picked up his ninth of the season at the 17:08 mark as the Tigers led 3-0 after forty minutes of play. Tigers outshot the ‘Canes 11-8 in the second and held the edge 22-8 thru two periods.
In the third period, the Tigers added two more goals. At the 1:08 mark, Zach Fischer tapped home his 29th out of the air beating Skinner on a rebound to make it 4-0 Medicine Hat. Tigers added another as Mason Shaw potted his 22nd of the season to make it 5-0 at the 10:48 mark. Skinner was lifted at the 12:08 mark in favour of 16-year-old affiliate Adam Swan and the Manitoba product stopped all four shots he faced in the rest of the game as the Tigers hung on to a 5-0 win.
The Tigers outshot the Hurricanes 16-7 in the third period and 38-19 in the game. The ‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play while the Tigers went 1/2 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Tigers – #9 Zach Fischer – 1 goal, 1 assist
2) Tigers – #4 Clayton Kirichenko – 1 goal, 1 assist
3) Tigers – #28 Jordan Henderson – 2 assists
The loss for the Hurricanes puts an end to their nine game winning streak and 15 game point streak. It was their first regulation loss since January 4th when they were handed a 4-1 loss in Moose Jaw to the Warriors. The ‘Canes drop to 33-16-4-3 on the season.
The ‘Canes will conclude their final three-in-three weekend of the season on Sunday when they travel to Cranbrook to face the Kootenay Ice at 4:00pm.