Red Deer, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes dropped their second straight on Friday as they fell 6-3 to the Red Deer Rebels at the Peavey Mart Centrium.
It was a good start for the Hurricanes who jumped on the Rebels right away as Chase Wheatcroft buried a rebound past Red Deer netminder just one-minute into the game to make it 1-0 as it was just the second time the ‘Canes struck first in a game; Alex Thacker and Justin Hall earned the helpers on the goal. Red Deer answered back as they tied the game at the 6:32 mark when Liam Keeler scored his third to make it 1-1. Rebels pulled ahead with a power play goal as Jayden Grubbe tallied his third before Ethan Rowland scored his second of the year to give Red Deer a 3-1 advantage. Before the end of the period, Kyle Master beat Bryan Thomson with a point shot to make it 4-1 Red Deer after twenty minutes. The ‘Canes were outshot 19-3 in the opening frame.
The ’Canes had some energy to start the middle frame and they once again struck early in the period as Alex Cotton ripped home his third of the season just 57-seconds into the frame on the power play to make it a 4-2 game; Thacker and Thomson were credited with the assists. However, the two-goal deficit was short-lived as Kalan Lind scored in transition just two minutes later to make it a 5-2 game. Jared Picklyk made his first appearance in relief of Thomson and stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced. The lone goal that beat Picklyk came at the 10:56 mark when Ben King banged home a rebound goal to make it 6-2 Red Deer after two periods.
In the third period, the Hurricanes scored the lone goal as Alex Cotton potted his second of the game, and fourth of the season, on the power play at the 11:19 mark to make it 6-3; the goal for Cotton lifted him into sole possession of fifth all-time in defenseman goals in Hurricanes franchise history. The ‘Canes outshot the Rebels 9-7 in the third period.
Lethbridge was outshot 42-21 in the game. The ‘Canes went 2/5 with the power play while the Rebels were 2/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Rebels – #21 Dallon Melin (2 assists)
2) Rebels – #9 Jayden Grubbe (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Rebels – #27 Joel Sexsmith (1 assist)
The loss for the Hurricanes dropped their record to 3-3-0-0 on the season as they have lost three of their last four contests. The ‘Canes slip to 1-2-0-0 on the road this year with the setback.
Lethbridge will be back in action when they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders Saturday night at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm. Tickets for the game can be purchased by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre, the Yates Memorial Theatre Ticket Centre, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or online at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com.