Moose Jaw, SK – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played the final of a four game East Division road trip on Wednesday in Moose Jaw with a 5-3 loss to the Warriors at Mosaic Place.
The Warriors jumped out to an early start as Brandon Schuldhaus let a point shot fly through a screen that beat Logan Flodell just 37 seconds into the game to make it 1-0 Moose Jaw. On a power play, the Warriors added to their lead as Jayden Halbgewachs redirected his CHL-leading 62nd goal of the year making it 2-0. The Hurricanes cut the lead in half on a power play goal of their own at the 6:50 mark as Taylor Ross tipped home his 21st of the season; Calen Addison and Brad Morrison picked up the helpers. The Warriors, who were penalized on the same play, stayed shorthanded and just nine second after Ross scored they restored their two goal lead as Justin Almeida sored the 16th shorthanded goal of the season for Moose Jaw to make it 3-1 before the seven minute mark. The ‘Canes were outshot 19-12 in the opening period.
In the second period the Hurricanes were outshot 12-7 but pulled within one goal. At the 8:38 mark, Dylan Cozens broke free on a breakaway and beat Brody Willms on a deke to the back-hand to make it 3-2 hockey game with a shorthanded goal; for Cozens it was his 22nd goal of the year and 50th point of the year. Just 1:18 later though, Halbgewachs scored his second of the night to put the Warriors back ahead 4-2 after two periods of play.
Early in the third period the Warriors built on their lead as Brett Howden netted his 24th of the season on another power play goal to make it 5-2 Moose Jaw. The Hurricanes pushed back but couldn’t solve Willms who stood tall. Halbgewachs rounded out the scoring completing the hat-trick at the 16:56 mark for his 64th of the year to make it a 5-3 final.
Hurricanes outshot the Warriors 9-8 in the third period but were outshot 39-28 in the game. Lethbridge went 1/4 on the power play while Moose Jaw was 3/6 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Warriors – #12 Jayden Halbgewachs (3 goals, 2 assist)
2) Warriors – #2 Josh Brook (2 assists)
3) Warriors – #21 Brett Howden (1 goal, 1 assist)
The loss for the Hurricanes was their third straight defeat as they end the four game East Division road trip with a 1-3-0-0 record with the lone win coming in Saskatoon against the Blades. The ‘Canes fall to 32-28-6-0 overall on the season.
The Hurricanes will return to the ENMAX Centre for a pair of games this weekend against the Red Deer Rebels on Friday and the Regina Pats on Saturday. Friday will be ENMAX Fan Appreciation Night while Saturday will be Awards Night. Tickets for both games can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
(Photo Credit: Marc Smith)