Winnipeg, MB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes extended their point streak to eight games despite falling Wednesday night 4-3 in a shootout against the Winnipeg ICE at Wayne Fleming Arena.
It was a fast-paced opening period that saw neither team find the net or be penalized. Winnipeg outshot Lethbridge 10-7 in the first period. The Hurricanes opened the scoring early in the second period as Oliver Okuliar scored his ninth goal of the season just 33 seconds into the period. The ICE tied the game at the 10-minute mark as Austin Schellenberg redirected a point shot by Carl Tetachuk to make it 1-1 after two periods.
In the third period, the Hurricanes once again pulled ahead on a highlight-reel goal by Calen Addison on a delayed penalty as he put the ‘Canes ahead 2-1; Alex Thacker earned the lone assist on the goal. Winnipeg struck twice in a span of 2:29 as Owen Pederson scored to tie the game before Michael Milne gave the ICE their first lead. Late in the third period, with the goaltender pulled, the ‘Canes tied the game on a redirection goal by Dino Kambeitz to make it 3-3; Dylan Cozens and Addison earned the assists on the game-tying goal.
The game went to overtime but neither team was able to end the game, despite good chances, including a breakaway for Connor McClennon for the ICE. In the shootout, Winnipeg received goals from Michal Teply and Isaac Johnson to lift them to the 4-3 shootout win.
The Hurricanes were outshot 42-34 in the game. Lethbridge went 0/1 on the power play while Winnipeg was 1/3 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ICE – #22 Austin Schellenberg (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #2 Calen Addison (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) ICE – #9 Logan Danis (2 assists)
The loss for the Hurricanes was their second straight shootout defeat as it drops their record to 9-4-0-3 on the season. Lethbridge has collected points in eight straight games going 6-0-0-2 in that span.
The Hurricanes will play the second of a three-game Manitoba road trip on Friday in the rematch against the Winnipeg ICE before wrapping up the trip on Saturday in Brandon against the Wheat Kings.