Thursday, 21 October 2010

Canes' Come Back For 4-3 Shootout Win

REGINA, SASK. - Graham Hood scored the lone goal in a shootout as the Hurricanes came back to beat the Pats 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre.

It took the Hurricanes a while to get going in this game. Lethbridge didn't register it's first shot until the 10 minute mark of the first period. The Pats opened the scoring at the 12:00 mark when Andrew Rieder banked a shot off goalie Brandon Anderson and in to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Lethbridge though would get that one back before the end of the period. Mike Reddington took a nice pass and fired a shot top corner on a screened Damien Ketlo to put the Canes' on the board and even the game at 1-1. It was Reddington's first goal of the season. That's the way the period would end. The Pats out shot Lethbridge 13-7 in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second, the Pats went on their 4th straight power play and finally scored after being shutout on the man advantage to that point. Thomas Frazee scored with the man advantage to give Regina a 2-1 lead early in the period. Not too long after that, the Hurricanes would get a power play of their own and finally the long goalless drought with the power play would end. Landon Oslanski scored to tie the game 2-2 on a nice pass from Jacob Berglund. That evened the game 2-2. Regina though would come back shortly after that. Mikael Jung moved in on a breakaway and beat Anderson to give the Pats a 3-2 lead. Despite being down 3-2 after two periods, the Canes' had a very strong second frame. The out shot Regina 19-7 and held the edge in shots 26-20.

In the third, the Hurricanes tied the game near the mid-way point of the period. Mitch Maxwell scored on a two-on-one rush to even the game 3-3. Both teams would press to get the go-ahead goal in the third, but neither team was able to finish in regulation time. Overtime once again solved nothing, so for the second time in less than a week a shootout would be needed to settle things. This time Rich Preston decided to change things up with the shooters and it worked. Graham Hood scored the lone gone against his former team to seal it up for the Hurricanes. The Canes' improved their overall record to 4-4-0-2. The shots in the third period favoured Lethbridge 17-11. The final overall shots were 43-33 Hurricanes.

Overall, after a slow start it turned out to be pretty good night for the Canes' and a number of positive things they can take from that game. It was nice to see the defence chipping in on the offence. Both Reddington and Oslanski scored their first goals of the year. Lethbridge also put an end to a very long goalless drought on the the power play. They also out shot their opponents for a second straight game, and once again got strong goaltending from Brandon Anderson who ended up as the games' first star.

During the day yesterday I wondered over to a Tim Horton's here in Regina across from our hotel. Staring me right in the face was a Regina Pats donut, complete with white icing and Blue and Red sprinkles! Just curious if a Lethbridge Hurricanes donut will be available at a Lethbridge area Timmy's anytime in the near future? Good idea I think. Mind you, not too far from the Pats donuts was a Saskatchewan Roughriders donut. You guessed it......White icing and green sprinkles.

Next Up

The Hurricanes will practice in Regina Thursday morning before packing up and heading north to Saskatoon. The team will set up shop there for a couple of nights. The Canes' will take on the Blades at the Credit Union Centre Friday night at 7:00pm (MDT). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Blades blanked the Canes' 4-0 back in Lethbridge last Saturday. Adam Morrison stopped all 37 shots he faced for the shutout win for Saskatoon. Lethbridge will conclude this three game Saskatchewan trip in Prince Albert on Saturday.

One other note, Lethbridge native Kris Versteeg of the Toronto Maples is expected to be on TSN's Off The Record with Michael Lansberg today. Versteeg has made a name for himself with his off the cuff "rapping". Apparently, Versteeg just might rap a tune on today's show!


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