MEDICINE HAT - Three goals in the second and three more in the third lifted the Medicine Hat Tigers to a convincing 7-0 victory over the Hurricanes last night.
The Tigers opened the scoring, although it took a while before we would get the first goal in this one. Medicine Hat's Ryan Harrison put the puck passed Canes' goalie Brandon Anderson on a power play late in the period to give the home side a 1-0 lead. That would be the only goal in the first period. The Canes' started off fairly strong. They were able to keep Medicine Hat off the shot clock for the first seven minutes, but the Tigers did manage to find their legs from that point on. The Tigers out shot Lethbridge 8-6 in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second, Medicine Hat would really start to turn up the heat. Hunter Shinkaruk cashed in a rebound off Anderson less than five minutes into the period. That gave the Tigers a little bit of breathing room and a 2-0 lead. The Tigers would add another off a lucky bounce. A puck thrown toward the Lethbridge net went off the skate of Wacey Hamilton and in to give Medicine Hat a comfortable 3-0 lead. They went to video replay, but no question that was a good goal. The Tigers would then go up 4-0 on a goal by Emerson Etem. This one went video review as well. The puck went off Anderson and was carried into the goal by Daniel Johnston who tried to prevent it from going in. The video review confirmed that and the Tigers would take that 4-0 lead in the dressing room after 40 minutes. Anderson allowed 4 goals on 14 shots and was pulled after the goal by Etem. Dylan Tait took over in goal after that and played from that point on. Lethbridge out shot Medicine Hat 7-6 in the second, but the Tigers held the overall edge 14-13 after two periods of play.
In the third, the Tigers would keep the offence coming and add three more goals. Kale Kessey made it 5-0 and a few minuets after that Tyler Pitlick scored to put the Tigers ahead 6-0. Late in the period, Emerson Etem notched his second of the game to put Medicine Hat up 7-0 and that's the game would end. It wasn't a pretty game for the Hurricanes. Their record drops to 6-6-0-3 on the season with the loss. The shots on goal in this game favoured the Tigers 28-17 through 60 minutes. Power Plays: Medicine Hat 1/5 and Lethbridge 0/2.
Overall, the Hurricanes simply could not get the offence going in this game. They had a few chances to score, but the difference was the Tigers took advantage of their chances and got a few good bounces too. In fact, some of the Hurricanes top players like Cam Braes, Mitch Maxwell, and Jacob Berglund didn't see a shift in the first 10 minutes of the third period and barely hit the ice after that. Perhaps it was a message being sent to the veterans by the coaches. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore didn't pull any punches about the loss on the CJOC post-game show saying, "That's as ugly as it gets. We're really disappointed with that effort". One of the positives the Hurricanes can take out of the game was the play of some of the younger players. I thought Michael Soffilas was maybe the Hurricanes best player last night and Neil Tarnasky played a strong and physical game, perhaps his best game of the season. Those two guys, along with Brady Ramsey, Russ Maxwell, and Ryon Moser got an awful lot of ice time in the third period.
A couple of Lethbridge Hurricanes players are taking part in Movember. The concept is simple. Start clean shaven and then grow a mustache for the entire month, raising awareness and money to help support the battle against Prostate Cancer. Hurricanes Captain Mike Reddington and Forward Max Ross are leading the charge. Reddington joked with CJOC's Esther Madziya this week that Ross and himself were taking the main initiative on this. "Brady Ramsey is trying to grow a beard, but he's only got a little peach fuzz!" Max Ross is having fun with the whole Movember thing too. He says, It'll take me some time to catch up to Reddington. He's been able to grow a beard since he was 14!" I also noticed Graham Hood and Cam Braes are growing some decent stashes too!
The Hurricanes will travel to Cranbrook Friday night to take on the Kootenay ICE. Kootenay has been very strong in the first quarter of the season. They have 11 wins in their first 16 games. They're also 8-2 in their past 10 games overall. In the first game these teams played back on October 9th in Lethbridge, the ICE skated away with a 6-3 win. Game time the RecPlex in Cranbrook is 7 :00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.
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