LETHBRIDGE - The Saskatoon Blades erased a 2-0 deficit to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-3 last night at the ENMAX Centre.
It was a pretty entertaining, back and forth opening period. The Hurricanes opened the scoring for the second straight game. Alex Kuvaev scored his 10th goal of the season after stealing the puck at the Saskatoon blueline, breaking in all alone and beating Blades goaltender Adam Morrison to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. The Canes' would go ahead 2-0 not too long after that, when Lethbridge found the back of the net again. Austin Fyten poked the puck in after a scramble out in front of the Blades goal for his 7th of the year. The Blades though would get one of those back before the end of the period. Matej Stransky scored for Saskatoon to cut the Hurricanes lead to 2-1 after 20 minutes. The Blades out shot Lethbridge 11-7.
In the second, the end-to-end action would continue. After the Hurricanes had a great chance on a two-on-one rush to go up by a pair, Saskatoon's Darian Dziurzynski went the other way and put a back-hander by Anderson to tie the game 2-2. That's all the scoring we would see in the period as both teams had some very good chances in what, up to this point had been a wide open game. The Hurricanes out shot the Blades 11-9, but the Saskatoon held the edge in shots after 40 minutes 20-18.
In the third, the Blades would take their first lead of the game. Ryan Olson took a pass from Josh Nicholls early in the period and he put the puck passed Anderson to give Saskatoon a 3-2 lead. The Hurricanes would get into some penalty trouble after that. The Blades would end up getting a 5-on-3 power play for over a minute. Teigan Zahn found the back of the net to give the visitors a huge 4-2 lead. The Blades would add one more when Curtis Hamilton picked up a rebound and fired a shot over the glove of Anderson to make it 5-2 Saskatoon. In the final minute of the game, Mark Reners scored to make it 5-3 Blades and that's the way the game would end. Saskatoon heavily out shot Lethbridge in the 3rd period 20-8 for a game total of 40-26 in favour of Saskatoon. Power plays in this game: Saskatoon finished the night 1/7 while Lethbridge went 0/3. The Blades had six of those power plays, including two 5-on-3's in the third period alone. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 10-9-1-3 on the season. The Canes' have dropped four games in a row.
Things got a little heated late in the game. The Hurricanes bench was not happy with some of the calls from the two officials and neither were the fans. Hurricanes Head Coach Rich Preston got tossed with about 3 minutes remaining in the game, obviously not impressed with some of the calls against his team. Even the fans voiced their displeasure by tossing some debris and boos towards the refs at the end of the hockey game. It was the second night in a row that things got away from the Hurricanes in the third period. As for Saskatoon, the Blades battled hard and really took over in the third period en route to the win. They are a very good hockey club and it showed. It's the third win for Saskatoon over Lethbridge this season.
The Hurricanes played without Cam Braes last night. He sat out after getting injured in the 9-3 loss on Friday to Prince Albert. Jacob Berglund, Graham Hood, and Brody Sutter all remain sidelined with shoulder injuries. All three of those players are listed to be out about a week. The injuries left the Hurricanes with just 11 forwards for last night's game.
The Hurricanes will have a few days off until their next game. The Canes' will host the Red Deer Rebels Wednesday night (Nov. 24) at the ENMAX Centre. It'll be the first of four meetings this season between the two teams. That will also be the first of what will be three games in four nights for Lethbridge as they take on Swift Current in a home-and-away set Friday and Saturday.
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