Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes had their six-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday as they were handed a 3-2 shootout loss by the Medicine Hat Tigers in front of 4,013 fans at the ENMAX Centre.
It was a tough start for the Hurricanes who were penalized just eight seconds into the contest when D-Jay Jerome was assessed a tripping penalty. On the ensuing power play, the Tigers jumped on the board as James Hamblin buried his sixth goal of the season to make it 1-0 Medicine Hat just 36 seconds into the game. Lethbridge tied the game late in the period with 4:05 to go when Oliver Okuliar extended his point-scoring streak to five-straight games with a power play goal to tie the game 1-1; Dylan Cozens and Alex Cotton picked up the assists on the goal as the game was tied after twenty minutes. Shots favoured the Tigers 17-12 in the first period.
It was a fast-paced second period that saw the Tigers throw everything at Carl Tetachuk who was outstanding stopping all 16 shots he faced in the middle frame while stopping 32 of 33 he had faced through two periods. After a big penalty kill with Logan Barlage in the box, the Hurricanes pulled ahead as Dylan Cozens scored a highlight-reel goal going through his legs and cutting to the net before slipping it through the legs of Garin Bjorklund to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead after two periods; D-Jay Jerome earned the lone assist on the goal.
In the third period, the Tigers were able to tie the game with a power play goal by Elijah Brown with 6:40 left in regulation to tie the game at 2-2. The Hurricanes had a late power play late in the game but could not score as the game went to overtime.
In the extra session, the ‘Canes received a power play but again couldn’t beat Bjorklund setting up a shootout and the Tigers’ Hamblin was able to score the lone goal in the skills session to give the Tigers a 3-2 win.
The Hurricanes were outshot 43-32 in the hockey game. The ‘Canes went 1/6 with the power play while the Tigers were 2/4 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #35 Carl Tetachuk (41 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #24 Dylan Cozens (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Tigers – #10 James Hamblin (1 goal, shootout winner)
The Hurricanes have their six-game winning streak come to an end with the 3-2 shootout loss but have now collected points in seven consecutive games going 6-0-0-1 in that span. The Hurricanes fall to 9-4-0-2 on the season with the defeat.
The Hurricanes embark on a three-game road trip in Manitoba next week when they will visit the Winnipeg ICE for a pair of games and the Brandon Wheat Kings. The ‘Canes will return to the ENMAX Centre on Wednesday, November 6th when they welcome the Swift Current Broncos. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.