Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes continued a three-in-three weekend on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over the Kootenay Ice at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes came out of the gates strong in the opening few minutes as they had a pair of early scoring chances but Jesse Makaj made some early saves to keep the game scoreless. Kootenay had a trio of power plays in the first ten minutes of the period but mustered just two shots on goal as the ‘Canes PK was strong early. The ‘Canes outshot the Ice 10-6 in the first period but the game was scoreless after twenty minutes.
Early in the second period the Hurricanes had an early power play opportunity and despite some strong chances were unable to open the scoring. Kootenay held the play for most of the second period as they outshot the ‘Canes 20-8 in the middle frame but Carl Tetachuk stopped all 20 shots he saw. The ‘Canes had another power play late in the period but again couldn’t find the net as Makaj stopped all eight shots he faced as the game remained scoreless after forty minutes of play.
Kootenay opened the scoring early in the first period as Peyton Krebs snapped home his 15th goal of the season at the 3:08 mark to make it 1-0 for the Ice. Lethbridge pulled even shortly after as Logan Barlage scored right off a face-off to make it 1-1 as he was credited with his 11th goal of the season. The ‘Canes took their first lead of the game as Dylan Cozens potted his 25th goal of the season to make it 2-1 Lethbridge at the 7:56 mark; Jordy Bellerive and Koletrane Wilson earned the assists. The Ice pulled the goaltender with a late power play and Bellerive was able to find the empty-net to make it 3-1; Wilson earned the lone assist on the goal. Kootenay ended up scoring on the power play as Brandon Machado tipped home a shot to make it a 3-2 final.
Shots in the third period favoured the Hurricanes 13-5, but were tied 31-31 in the game. Lethbridge went 0/3 on the power play while Kootenay was 1/5 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #35 Carl Tetachuk (29 saves)
2) ‘Canes – #27 Logan Barlage (1 goal)
3) Ice – #19 Peyton Krebs (1 goal)
The win for the Hurricanes was their second 3-2 win over the Ice in the last four days. It improves their record to 14-3-2-2 in their last 21 games and improved them to 23-11-4-4 on the season as the ‘Canes remain in top spot in the tight Central Division.
The ‘Canes will wrap up their three-in-three weekend on Sunday in Edmonton against the Oil Kings at Rogers Place. The Hurricanes will return to the ENMAX Centre on Friday, January 18th when they welcome the Red Deer Rebels. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.