Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes opened the 2018-2019 regular season on Friday in the Dairy Queen Home Opener with a 5-2 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers in front of 5,232 at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes had an early power play opportunity in the game but failed to capitalize while surrendering a shorthanded goal just 1:35 into the first period. Ryan Jevne stole the puck in the ‘Canes zone before snapping one by Reece Klassen to make it 1-0 Medicine Hat. The Tigers struck again on a power play of their own as Elijah Brown beat Klassen over the glove to make it 2-0 at the 14 minute mark. Hurricanes outshot the Tigers 15-10 in the first period.
The ‘Canes continued to pepper the Tigers goaltender Jordan Hollett in the second period but could solve the Ottawa Senators draft pick. The ‘Canes outshot the Tigers 15-8 in the middle frame. Lethbridge had three power play chances in the period.
The Tigers made it 3-0 just 36 seconds into the third period as Gary Haden buried on a power play. The ‘Canes got on the board as Jordy Bellerive snapped home his first of the season on the man advantage to make it a 3-1 hockey game; Taylor Ross and Dylan Cozens picked up the assists on the goal. On another power play, the ‘Canes pulled to within one as Calen Addison ripped home his first of the season to make it 3-2; Ross and Jackson Shepard earned the assists. The ‘Canes were given another power play chance by the Tigers would strike shorthanded for the second time in the game to make it 4-2 before James Hamblin iced it with an empty net goal to make it a 5-2 final.
The Hurricanes outshot the Tigers 35-28 in the game. Lethbridge went 2/8 on the power play while Medicine Hat was 2/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Tigers – #14 Ryan Jevne (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #15 Jordy Bellerive (1 goal)
3) Tigers – #31 Jordan Hollett (33 saves)
The Hurricanes fall to 0-1-0-0 on the season with the defeat as it’s the first loss in a Dairy Queen Home Opener for the ‘Canes in four years.
The Hurricanes will travel to Medicine Hat on Saturday to face the Tigers at 7:30pm at the Canalta. That game can be heard on 106.7 ROCK with Dustin Forbes or watched on WHL Live.
(Photo Credit: Erica Perreaux)