LETHBRIDGE - Alex Kuvaev scored twice as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Calgary Hitmen 5-4 in overtime Wednesday night, extending the Canes' win streak to four straight games.
The Canes' got things going early in this game. The Hurricanes went up 1-0 on a power play goal less than two minutes in. Mark Reners scored his 3rd of the season to put Lethbridge ahead very quickly with the man advantage. The Calgary Hitmen would get that one back on a power play of their own. Jimmy Bubnick beat Brandon Anderson to even the score 1-1. The Canes' would answer soon after when Alex Kuvaev scored his team-leading 7th goal of the season to give Lethbridge it's one goal lead back. The Hurricanes jumped into a 2-1 lead at that point, but they weren't done there. The Hurricanes would get another power play before the end of the period and they would make good on that too. Graham Hood tipped in a Daniel Johnston point shot to give Lethbridge a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Lethbridge out shot Calgary 13-7.
In the second, Alex Kuvaev would get his 8th of the season and second of the night when he put in a rebound off the glass to give Lethbridge a 4-1 lead just 57 seconds into the period. Less than a minute after that, Calgary's John Lawrence scored his first goal of the year to cut the Canes' lead in half 4-2. The Hitmen would come close to cutting that lead even more, but that's the way the period would end. The Canes' out shot Calgary 11-4 in the second for a two period total of 24-11.
In the third, the Hitmen would battle back to tie the game. First, Justin Kirsch fired a shot low to the blocker side of Anderson to cut the Hurricanes lead to 4-3 early in the period. The Hitmen would get a great opportunity to even the score with a 5-on-3 power play for over a minute. The man advantage was part of 5 minute fighting major given to Canes' D-man Cason Machacek. Calgary would eventually score on that two-man advantage to even the score at 4-4 when Kris Foucault beat Brandon Anderson. Both teams would try to break the tie before the end of regulation but that wouldn't happen. So overtime would be needed in this one. In the extra period, the Hurricanes would get a 4-on-3 power play. Mitch Maxwell, who drew the penalty scored the game winner off a pass from Landon Oslanski and the Hurricanes would get that big extra point and secure their 10th win of the season. The Canes' power play was very good again going 3/7 on the night while Calgary finished the game 2/6. The Hurricanes out shot the Hitmen 32-24 in the game.
The Hurricanes have now put together four straight wins. That's the first time this team has managed that feat since December of 2008. The Canes' have also won four of their last five games. The Canes' now have a record of 10-6-0-3 on the season which is somewhat significant. Lethbridge had only 20 wins total all of last season and are now half-way to that mark through only 19 games in the 2010/2011 campaign. As for Calgary, they've now lost 10 games in a row. The Hitmen sit at the bottom of the WHL standings with only 4 wins in 18 games. You have to give the Hitmen some credit though. They battled back from a 4-1 deficit to make this game very interesting. The Hurricanes bent in this game, but never broke. The Lethbridge power play was excellent for the third straight game. It's now scored seven goals in that three game stretch. The line of Kuvaev, Sofillas, and Hood was once again the Hurricanes best trio of forwards, combining for 8 points on the night.
The Hurricanes sported their new red third jerseys for the first time last night. From our vantage point in the broadcast booth, the new jerseys looked pretty good and the fans appeared to have like them too as they seemed to be a hot commodity at the Hurricanes souvenir shop. The red jerseys were unveiled in honour of the Canadian Armed Forces and Remembrance Day. The Canes' will wear those jerseys for the majority of their home games for the rest of this WHL season.
"LEST WE FORGET"
The Hurricanes hit the road this morning for a couple of quick games out east this weekend. The Canes' will take on the Wheat Kings in Brandon on Friday and make a stop in the old "Crushed Can" in Moose Jaw on Saturday before returning home next weekend for games against Prince Albert and Saskatoon. Those two home games November 19th and 20th will be part of the Hurricanes "Pink in the Rink" weekend where they will wear special pink jerseys and raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
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