Medicine Hat, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a five-game road trip on Saturday with a 5-0 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Canalta Centre.
The Hurricanes entered with a five-point cushion on the Tigers for second in the Central Division and Lethbridge had a good start to the game as they struck early when Nick Henry capitalized on a rebound just 2:48 into the game to make it 1-0; Jake Leschyshyn and Ty Prefontaine earned the assists on the goal. The Tigers had some chances in the first period but Carl Tetachuk stood strong stopping all 15 shots he faced in the first period.
The ‘Canes added to their lead in the second period as they struck for three. Dylan Cozens extended his point-scoring streak to seven straight games as he tallied on a power play at the 8:51 mark to make it a 2-0 Lethbridge lead; Jordy Bellerive and Calen Addison earned the assists on the goal. Jake Elmer scored for the eighth straight game with 4:05 left in the second period as he snapped home his 31st goal of the year; Nolan Jones was credited with the lone assist on the goal. Before the period was out, Addison scored a beautiful goal as he drove wide on a Tiger defenseman before stuffing one by Medicine Hat goaltender Jordan Hollett to make it 4-0 after two periods for the Hurricanes. The ‘Canes were outshot 11-10 in the second period and 26-22 through forty minutes.
In the third period, the Hurricanes added one more as Addison let fly with a slapshot from the blueline just 1:08 into the final frame as he scored his second of the game and 11th of the season to make it 5-0; Jackson Shepard earned the only assists on Addison’s first ever multi-goal game. The Hurricanes were outshot 9-8 in the third period but would steer home the win.
The ‘Canes were outshot 35-30 in the game. Lethbridge went 1/3 on the power play and 3/3 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #35 Carl Tetachuk (35 saves, first career shutout)
2) ‘Canes – #2 Calen Addison (2 goals, 1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #10 Jake Leschyshyn (2 assists)
The win for the Hurricanes was their third straight and improved their record to 5-1-0-0 in their last six games as they improve to 32-17-5-5 on the season. The ‘Canes, who sit second in the Central Division, now have a seven point cushion on the Tigers. The win was the 15th road victory of the season for the Hurricanes who surpassed their season total of away wins from last year.
The Hurricanes continue their road trip on Tuesday when they play the first of four in Saskatchewan as they visit the Saskatoon Blades at 6:00pm. The ‘Canes will return to the ENMAX Centre on Wednesday, March 6th when they welcome the Brandon Wheat Kings. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.