Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes began a brief two-game homestand on Wednesday with a 3-2 defeat to the hands of the Saskatoon Blades at the ENMAX Centre.
It was another strong period for the Hurricanes who outshot the Blades 11-6 in the opening frame but it was Saskatoon that struck first as Zach Huber buried one by ‘Canes starter Bryan Thomson just 3:37 into the game to make it 1-0. The Hurricanes pushed in the middle of the period with a trio of goal posts but remained behind. Late in the period, the ‘Canes tied the game on a power play as Dylan Cozens scored his fourth goal of the season with 2:01 left in the period to tie the score 1-1; Calen Addison and Dino Kambeitz scored the assists on the goal.
In the second period, both teams had a bushel full of power play opportunities but neither team could capitalize. Lethbridge killed a lengthy five-on-three power play for the Blades in the middle part of the period as the Blades were 0/4 on the power play after two periods. The Hurricanes outshot the Blades 14-7 in the middle frame but the game was tied 1-1 as neither team struck in the second period.
Early in the third period the Hurricanes pulled ahead with a power play goal by Logan Barlage just 41 second into the frame to give the ‘Canes their first lead of the night; Cozens and Addison earned the assists on the goal. Saskatoon pulled even with just 3:01 left in the game as Jayden Wiens banked one off the stick of Thomson and in to tie the game at 2-2. Just 14 seconds after Wiens tallied, Scott Walford beat Thomson with a point-shot from the left point to put Saskatoon ahead 3-2, which would be the final.
Shots in the third period favoured the Hurricanes 13-9 as they outshot the Blades 38-22 in the hockey game. Lethbridge went 2/5 on the power play and 5/5 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Blades – #30 Koen MacInnes (36 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #24 Dylan Cozens (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Blades – #6 Scott Walford (1 goal)
The loss drops the Hurricanes home record to 0-2-0-1 on the season and 2-2-1-0 overall on the campaign.
The Hurricanes will be back at the ENMAX Centre on Friday, October 4th when they welcome the Portland Winterhawks. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.