Moose Jaw, SK – The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned to the win column on Wednesday as they earned a 7-1 win at Mosaic Place against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Hurricanes had a strong start to the game as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:40 into the game when Dylan Cozens scored his 22nd goal of the season on a power play; Alex Cotton and Calen Addison earned the assists on the goal. Just 54 seconds later, the ‘Canes struck again on the power play as Oliver Okuliar ripped home a rebound to make it 2-0 just 2:34 into the contest. Lethbridge peppered Brock Gould with 21 shots in the first period as they added another goal late when Okuliar scored his second of the frame with 2:12 left on a turnover to make it 3-0 Lethbridge after one period of play. The ‘Canes surrendered just eight shots on goal in the first period.
After directing 21 shots on goal in the first period, the ‘Canes peppered the Warriors with 20 shots in the middle frame. Moose Jaw struck first in the second period as Cade Hayes popped home a rebound at the 13:19 mark past Bryan Thomson to make it a 3-1 game. The Hurricanes didn’t led up, however, as they scored twice in a 26 second span in the final minute of play of the middle frame. Justin Hall scored his 13th goal of the season with 46 seconds left before Cozens jammed home a rebound for his second of the night to make it 5-1 for the ‘Canes after forty minutes of play.
The ‘Canes added to their lead in the third period as Cozens completed the fourth hat-trick of his career on a one-timer, again on a power play, to make it a 6-1 game 8:13 into the final period; Cotton and Addison were credited with the assists on the goal as the Hurricanes struck for the third time on the man advantage. Lethbridge added one more before the period was out as Ty Nash ended a 32-game goal drought with his third of the season at the 11:37 mark to make it a 7-1 final.
Lethbridge added 11 shots in the third period for a game total of 52 matching a season-high for shots o goal while allowing 24 shots against. The ‘Canes went 3/4 on the power play and 1/1 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #24 Dylan Cozens (3 goals, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #8 Oliver Okuliar (2 goals)
3) ‘Canes – #28 Alex Cotton (3 assists)
The win for the Hurricanes improves their record to 10-2-2-0 in their last 14 games while improving their road record to 14-6-0-1 on the season; 12-4-0-1 in their last 17 away from home. Lethbridge improved their overall record to 27-11-2-5 on the season as they once again leapfrog the idle Medicine Hat Tigers for second in the Central Division.
The Hurricanes visit the Regina Pats on Friday at 6:00pm at the Brandt Centre. The ‘Canes will be back at the ENMAX Centre on Saturday, February 8th when they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.