RED DEER - Two first period goals, just 90 seconds apart lifted the Red Deer Rebels to a 5-0 win over the Hurricanes Thursday night.
The Rebels opened the scoring in this game with two goals near the half-way point of the first period. Colton Mayor chopped a shot over the shoulder of Dylan Tait to give Red Deer a 1-0 lead. A minute and a half later, Turner Elson put a rebound through the legs of Tait to give the home team a 2-0 lead. That is the way the period would end. Red Deer out shot the Hurricanes 9-8.
In the second, the Rebels would make it 3-0. Just as a Lethbridge penalty had expired, Adam Kambeitz fired a shot off the crossbar, by Tait and in. The Hurricanes would get a great chance late in period to get on the scoresheet with a two-man advantage for 49 seconds, but they were unable to get the puck passed Darcy Kuemper. The Rebels would take that 3-0 lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes. Red Deer held the edge in shots 20-16 after two periods.
In the third, Red Deer would add to their lead. Daulton Siwak scored a power play goal on a delayed penalty to give the Rebels a 4-0 lead. Late in the period, the Rebels would jump into a 5-0 lead when the Hurricanes got into penalty trouble. Alex Petrovic wired a slapshot on a 5-on-3 power play and that would seal the deal in this one. The Rebels would get another two-man advantage right after that, but were unable to convert. Things got pretty chippy near the end with a number of penalties being called. Even Hurricanes goalie Dylan Tait went across centre ice to see if Darcy Kuemper would scrap, but the Rebels goalie would have none of that. Tait received a penalty for leaving his crease. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 12-17-2-6 after 37 games, but despite their recent struggles in the win department, Lethbridge still holds down the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Red Deer finished the game 2 for 8 on the power play while the Canes went 0 for 5. The final shots favoured the Rebels 30-23.
Red Deer goalie Darcy Kuemper recorded his 12 career shutout as a Red Deer Rebel. That is a new franchise record. He was previously tied with Cam Ward with 11 shutouts all-time for a Rebels goalie. Kuemper now holds that distinction by himself.
CANES' BOARD HOLDING SHAREHOLDER MTG
The Lethbridge Hurricanes Board of Directors will be holding their Shareholder Annual Mid-Season Information Meeting on Thursday January 6th, 2011 at 7:00pm in the Scenic Room of the Ramada Inn & Suites (2375 Mayor Magrath Drive South) The purpose of this meeting is to give all Lethbridge Hurricanes Shareholders an overview of the Hockey Club at the mid-point of the season as well as to allow for a question and answer session.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes say good bye to 2010 and hello to 2011. The Hurricanes will play host to the Swift Current Broncos for a January 1st evening game. This will be the final regulation season meeting between the two teams. The Broncos have won all three previous meetings this season. Game time from the ENMAX Centre is 7:00 pm (MST). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes will head to the U.S. next week as they will play in Spokane and Tri-City next weekend.
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