Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a three game homestand on Tuesday with a 6-3 loss to the Tri-City Americans at the ENMAX Centre in front of 3,603.
The Americans came out firing as they peppered Reece Klassen early in the game outshooting the Hurricanes 5-0 in the opening five minutes, but Tri-City was unable to beat the Lethbridge goaltender. The Americans opened the scoring at the 13:54 mark as Riley Sawchuk scored his first of two in the game beating Klassen under the blocker to make it 1-0. The Hurricanes answered under three minutes later as Brad Morrison banged home his 21st of the year to tie the game 1-1; Dylan Cozens and Jordy Bellerive earned the assists. Shots in the first period favoured the Amerks 11-9.
Tri-City jumped out to an early second period lead with a power play goal by Parker AuCoin just 3:41 in as he snapped it by Klassen to make it 2-1. The Hurricanes once again answered back under three minutes later as Taylor Ross buried his 15th of the season at the 6:13 mark; Cozens and Matthew Stanley picked up the assists on the goal. The Americans once again struck on the power play as Juuso Valimaki cut in on a partial breakaway and roofed one on the back-hand to give Tri-City a 3-2 lead after forty minutes of play. The ‘Canes outshot the Americans 13-12 in the middle frame.
Early in the third period, the Hurricanes tied the game for the third time as Logan Barlage rifled home his fifth of the season on a two-on-one just 1:18 into the period to tie the game 3-3; Tate Olson was credited with the lone assist on the goal. The tie game, however, lasted just 19 seconds as AuCoin finished on a three-on-one to put Tri-City back ahead 4-3. Michael Rasmussen made it a 5-3 Americans advantage just 2:04 later as he buried on his own rebound. Tri-City rounded out the scoring as Sawchuk potted an empty-net goal with 50 seconds left in the game to make it a 6-3 final.
The Hurricanes were outshot 13-8 in the third period and 35-30 in the game. The ‘Canes went 1/2 with the power play while Tri-City was 2/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Americans – #32 Parker AuCoin (2 goals)
2) ‘Canes – #8 Taylor Ross (1 goal)
3) Americans – #6 Juuso Valimaki (1 goal, 2 assists)
The loss for the Hurricanes was their third in their last four games as it drops their record to 26-24-6-0 on the season.
The ‘Canes will continue the homestand on Friday and Saturday when they welcome the Saskatoon Blades and Kootenay Ice at the ENMAX Centre. Tickets for both games can be purchased for $32 by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
(Photo Credit: Erica Perreaux)