Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes earned a 4-3 victory on Friday in their final home game of the 2021 ENMAX pre-season against the Red Deer Rebels at the ENMAX Centre.
The ‘Canes struck first in the contest as Justin Hall beat Chase Coward on a two-on-one just 4:05 into the game for his second of the exhibition season; Chase Wheatcroft and Ty Nash – who returned from Carolina Hurricanes rookie camp – earned the assists on the goal. Red Deer equalized midway through the period as Kai Uchacz netted his team-leading third of the pre-season to make it 1-1. The Rebels pulled ahead as Arjun Bawa made it 2-1, but just 23-seconds later the ‘Canes tied the game as Peter Repcik scored his first of the pre-season to make it 2-2 after twenty minutes.
Red Deer lead the shots in the first period, but the ‘Canes held the shots 11-6 in the middle frame. Lethbridge potted a pair in the second as Alex Thacker finished on a breakaway for his second at the 13:44 mark after Nolan Bentham sprung him on a tape-to-tape pass to make it 3-2. Justin Hall netted his second of the game with 2:01 left in the period to double the Hurricanes lead 4-2 after two periods.
In the third period, the Rebels pressed for most of the frame outshooting the ‘Canes 14-3 in the final twenty minutes. Red Deer cut the Lethbridge lead to 4-3 when Carter Anderson scored his second of the exhibition season on a power play just 5:23 into the frame. Rebels continued to pepper Jared Picklyk but couldn’t find an equalizer as Lethbridge hung on to the one-goal victory.
The Rebels outshot the Hurricanes 32-22 in the game. Lethbridge went 0/3 on the power play while Red Deer went 1/1 with the extra man.
The win for the Hurricanes improved their record to 2-1-0-0 in exhibition play. Lethbridge will round out the pre-season schedule on Saturday when the play the finale of a two-game set in Red Deer at 7:00pm.
The Hurricanes will open the 2021-2022 regular season next Friday, October 1st when they welcome the Calgary Hitmen at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm in the Dairy Queen Home Opener. Tickets for the home opener can be purchased by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre, the Yates Memorial Theatre Ticket Centre or by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or online at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com.