Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued their six-game homestand on Tuesday with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Regina Pats at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes and Pats played to a scoreless first period. The Hurricanes outshot the Pats 13-9 in the opening frame while also going 0/1 on their lone power play of the game. The best scoring chance of the period came off the stick of Nick Henry who nearly beat Max Paddock with 10 seconds left but the puck bounced wide of the net as the game was scoreless after one.
It was much of the same in the second period as the ‘Canes peppered Paddock with 14 shots, while Carl Tetachuk faced 11. The Pats had a few good chances in the middle part of the first period but could not beat Tetachuk who stood tall. The Hurricanes pushed late in the period with a flurry of chances but Paddock was equal to all the tasks as the game was scoreless after forty minutes.
The Pats broke the scoreless tie early in the third period as Blake Allan redirected his first goal of the season to make it 1-0 Regina just 1:15 into the period. The Hurricanes tied the game at the 13:57 mark as Taylor Ross scored his first in 11-games potting his 24th goal of the season to make it 1-1; Jake Elmer earned the lone assist with his 100th career point. Hurricanes outshot the Pats 11-5 in the third period.
The game would go to overtime and the ‘Canes outshot the Pats 5-1 in the extra time but Paddock came up large with some big saves to keep the game alive. The game would go to a shootout and Ty Kolle and Sergei Alkhimov would score in the skills competition to win the game for the Pats.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Pats – #33 Max Paddock (38 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #35 Carl Tetachuk (29 saves)
3) Pats – #13 Sergei Alkhimov (Shootout Winner)
The defeat for the Hurricanes ends a two-game winning streak for the ‘Canes as they fall to 2-0-0-1 on this three-game homestand. The Hurricanes fall to 27-15-4-5 on the season as they garner a single point and now sit three points back of the Central Division leading Edmonton Oil Kings while holding two games in hand.
The Hurricanes will return to action on Friday when they welcome the Moose Jaw Warriors before welcoming the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday at the ENMAX Centre at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.