Brandon, MB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes ended a three-game East Division jaunt with a come-from-behind 6-5 overtime win over the Brandon Wheat Kings at Westoba Place on Saturday.
It was a strong first period for the Wheat Kings who had won 10-straight games entering the game. Brandon opened the scoring on a two-on-one as Ridly Greig fed a pass across to Cole Reinhardt who tapped home his 24th goal of the season to make it 1-0 just 4:35 into the game. The Wheat Kings struck again less than five minutes later as Greig snapped home his 17th of the year to make it 2-0. Lethbridge had a pair of chances to get on the board but hit goal-posts on both opportunities – ‘Canes had three posts in the opening frame. Brandon added another goal at the 13:48 mark as Ben McCartney beat Bryan Thomson over the blocker on a breakaway as the Wheat Kings led 3-0 after twenty minutes of play. Shots favoured the Wheaties 11-7 in the opening period.
Carl Tetachuk replaced Thomson to start the second period and the ‘Canes got a spark as Logan Barlage snapped home his 16th goal of the season – setting a new career-high in goals – at the 3:41 mark to make it a 3-1 game; Ty Nash and Alex Thacker earned the assists on the goal. Brandon restored their three goal lead when Reid Perepeluk deflected a Chad Nychuk shot by Tetachuk to make it 4-1. Brandon pushed back and nearly made it a 5-1 game but Tetachuk – who had slid out of the crease – reached back to sweep a puck off the goal line and on the ensuing rush up ice, the ‘Canes would strike as Dylan Cozens fired home a one-timer on a centering pass by Oliver Okuliar to make it a 4-2 game; Calen Addison earned the second assist. The Hurricanes pulled to within one when Danila Palivko ended a 61-game goal drought with his first of the season at the 15:49 mark to make it 4-3 for Brandon after forty minutes of play; Justin Hall and Zack Stringer earned the assists on the goal. Shots were even 8-8 in the middle frame.
The Hurricanes tied the game just 2:42 into the third period when Chase Wheatcroft rifled one over the glove of Jiri Patera for his sixth goal to tie the game at 4-4; Trevor Thurston and Cozens drew the assists on the goal. Lethbridge took their first lead of the game when Barlage scored his second goal of the game on a breakaway to make it 5-4 for the ‘Canes. Less then two minutes after the Hurricanes pulled ahead, the Wheat Kings would tie the game as Marcus Sekundiak banged home a rebound to make it a 5-5 game. Neither team ended things in regulation as the game went to overtime.
Both teams had chances in the extra session but it was the ‘Canes that would end the game at the 3:12 mark when Barlage found Cozens in front of the net and he scored his second goal of the night, 28th of the season and second career overtime winning goal to give the ‘Canes a come-from-behind 6-5 overtime victory.
The ‘Canes outshot the Wheat Kings 4-3 in overtime but were outshot 33-28 in the game. Lethbridge went 1/5 on the power play while going 5/5 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #24 Dylan Cozens (2 goals, 1 assists)
2) ‘Canes – #27 Logan Barlage (2 goals, 1 assists)
3) Wheat Kings – #18 Marcus Sekundiak (1 goal)
The come-from-behind win for the Hurricanes ends the Wheat Kings 10-game winning streak while extending their own winning streak to three-straight games as they swept the three-game East Division road trip. The ‘Canes road record improved to 16-6-0-1 on the year while their overall record improved to 29-11-2-5 on the season.
The Hurricanes continue their stretch of seven-straight road games on Friday, January 31st when they visit the Prince Albert Raiders in a two-game East Division trek. The ‘Canes will be back at the ENMAX Centre on Saturday, February 8th when they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.