Winnipeg, MB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played the second of a back-to-back set against the Winnipeg ICE on Wednesday as they dropped a 3-2 decision at Wayne Fleming Arena.
The ‘Canes looked to continue their momentum from Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the ICE to end Winnipeg’s 15-game winning streak, but it was the home team that would strike first. At the 5:45 mark, overage forward Connor McClennon snapped home his team-leading 17th goal of the season beating Bryan Thomson post-and-in on the glove side to make it 1-0 with a power play goal. The Hurricanes answered back to tie the game at the 13:11 mark as Miguel Marques banged home a rebound to tie the game 1-1; Anton Astashevich and Jett Jones earned the assists on the goal as the game was tied after twenty minutes. Lethbridge outshot Winnipeg 6-4 in the first period.
Lethbridge had a great start to the second period as they peppered ICE goaltender Daniel Hauser early in the frame. The Hurricanes took their first lead of the night at the 4:27 mark when Jett Jones batted a puck out of the air and in for his team-leading ninth goal of the season to make it 2-1; Tyson Zimmer earned the lone assist on the goal. Winnipeg had a power play opportunity late in the frame but failed to strike to tie the game due to a strong kill by the Hurricanes. However, just after the penalty expired, the ICE would tie the game as Ty Nash scored his 10th of the season beating a screened Thomson to tie the game 2-2 after forty minutes of play. Winnipeg held the edge in shots 9-7 in the middle frame.
In the third period, Winnipeg jumped out to a 3-2 advantage when Zach Benson jumped on a Hurricanes miscue behind the net and tucked a loose puck past a scrambling Bryan Thomson just 5:16 into the frame. Lethbridge pushed back late in the frame in hopes of tying the game, but Daniel Hauser stood tall in the ICE net to preserve the 3-2 Winnipeg win.
The shots were tied 8-8 in the third period and 21-21 in the game. Lethbridge went 2/3 on the penalty kill while not being credited with a power play opportunity.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ICE – #9 Zach Benson (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) ICE – #34 Ty Nash (1 goal)
3) ‘Canes – #17 Jett Jones (1 goal, 1 assist)
The loss for the Hurricanes dropped their record to 1-1-0-0 in the first two games of their six-game road trip. Lethbridge fell to 7-2-0-1 in their last ten games while slipping to 12-10-0-1 on the season overall.
The Hurricanes will continue their six-game road trip against the Brandon Wheat Kings for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday at 6:00pm MT at Westoba Place.
Lethbridge will return to the ENMAX Centre on Tuesday, December 6th when they host the Swift Current Broncos. Individual game tickets can be purchased in person at the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre, the Yates Memorial Theatre Ticket Centre, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) and online at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com.