Medicine Hat, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes made their first road trip of the season to Medicine Hat to face the Tigers at the Canalta Centre on Saturday night and earned a 4-2 win.
In the first period, it was an even twenty minutes as both teams had a pair of power play chances but couldn’t find the back of the net. Reece Klassen for the Hurricanes made nine saves while Medicine Hat’s Jordan Hollett stopped all eight ‘Canes shots.
Early in the second period, the Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead as Keltie Jeri-Leon buried his first of the season just 40 seconds into the period; Logan Barlage and Jackson Shepard earned the helpers. Tigers tied the game while shorthanded as James Hamblin back-hander to make it a 1-1 tie. At the 16:01 mark, Taylor Ross gave the ‘Canes their second lead as he wrapped home his first of the year to make it 2-1. Just 1:28 later, Dylan Cozens was set up back-door by Jordy Bellerive to put the ‘Canes ahead 3-1. However, just 12 seconds after the Cozens goal Medicine Hat pulled back to within one as Bryan Lockner tapped home his first to make it a 3-2 game after forty minutes. Shots favoured the Hurricanes 11-9 in the middle frame.
The Tigers poured it on trying to tie the game and had a handful of power plays, including a five-on-three, but the ‘Canes held them off as Klassen was strong in goal. The ‘Canes eventually iced the win as Jake Elmer scored an empty net goal with just two minutes left to give the Hurricanes their first win of the season.
Shots in the third period favoured the Tigers 11-10, but were tied 29-29 in the game. The ‘Canes went 0/3 on the power play but were an impressive 8/8 on the penalty kill in the victory.
Three stars of the game:
1) ‘Canes – #31 Reece Klassen (27 saves)
2) Tigers – #10 James Hamblin (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #8 Taylor Ross (1 goal, 1 assist)
The win for the Hurricanes evens their record at 1-1-0-0 on the season.
The Hurricanes will continue their road schedule next weekend when they travel east to face the Regina Pats on Friday and the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday – both games can be heard on 106.7 ROCK with Dustin Forbes or watched on WHL Live.