Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes completed a brief two-game homestand on Friday as they were handed their second straight overtime loss falling 3-2 to the Moose Jaw Warriors in front of 4,158 at the ENMAX Centre.
It was a quick start for the Warriors who outshot the ‘Canes early on as they generated some strong chances in the opening minutes but Logan Flodell stood tall in the Hurricanes net to keep it scoreless early. The ‘Canes got the first power play of the game but failed to capitalize with the extra man. The game remained scoreless after twenty minutes of play. Moose Jaw outshot Lethbridge 12-6 in the first period.
The Hurricanes flipped the script in the first half of the second period outshooting the Warriors 7-1 but Moose Jaw opened the scoring on their second shot of the period at the 11:35 mark when Tristin Langan backhanded home his 13th of the season to make it 1-0. Less than two minutes later, Moose Jaw struck on the power play as Justin Almeida redirected a Brayden Burke centering pass to make it 2-0. The ‘Canes cut the Warrior lead in half with just 15.1 second left in the period as Keltie Jeri-Leon lifted one by Adam Evanoff to make it 2-1; Jordy Bellerive and Brad Morrison earned the helpers. Lethbridge outshot the Warriors 12-7 in the middle frame.
The Hurricanes on the season were 1-17-1-0 on the year when trailing after two periods and they would stay patient in an attempt to tie the game. The ‘Canes once again failed to capitalize on a power play in the third, but with the goaltender pulled and just 26 seconds left Jadon Joseph rifled one over the glove of Evanoff to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime.
In the overtime session, both teams had chances, but it was Brayden Burke who ended the game at the 2:38 mark lifting the Warriors to the win.
The Hurricanes were outshot 5-0 in the overtime period and 33-21 in the hockey game. Lethbridge went 0/2 with the extra man while Moose Jaw was 1/4.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Warriors – #19 Brayden Burke (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #23 Jadon Joseph (1 goal)
3) Warriors – #51 Kale Clague (3 assists)
The Hurricanes are now 0-6 in overtime this season and fall to 22-21-6-0 on the year.The Hurricanes will return to action on Sunday when they travel to Red Deer to face the Rebels.
The ‘Canes will be back at home next weekend when they welcome the Swift Current Broncos and Edmonton Oil Kings. Tickets for the games can be purchased online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)