No offence in the opening 20 minutes of this one. Medicine Hat had a great opportunity to go ahead early when they were given a 5-on-3 power play for just under two minutes. The Canes' managed to kill that off. Despite no goals in the period, we were treated to some excellent goaltending from Dylan Tait and Tyler Bunz. Lethbridge out shot Medicine Hat 14-10 in the first period.
In the second, the game finally got it's first goal. Near the mid-way point in the period, Medicine Hat's Linden Vey fired a rising wrist shot passed Tait late on a Tigers power play to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Late in the period the Hurricanes would tie the game. Jacob Berglund picked off a pass at centre, moved in a put the puck between the legs of Bunz to even the score 1-1 after 40 minutes. Lethbridge held the edge in shot on goal 26-19 after two periods.
In the third, the Tigers get back that one goal lead. Mike Reddington got caught up with the linesmen at the Medicine Hat blueline and Scott McKay took the puck the other way and put a shot passed Tait to give the Tigers a 2-1 early in the period. The Hurricanes pressed to try and tie the game, but they would fall one goal short in this one and lose the game 2-1.
The Canes' had some great chances in this game. They hit the goal post three times and the crossbar once. The Tigers also rattled one off the post Friday. Those posts, couple with excellent goaltending from Tyler Bunz proved to be the difference. Lethbridge out shot Medicine Hat 35-26. Really, both goalies played very well for their respective teams. The Hurricanes played well enough to win, but fell short again. The power plays looked like this: Lethbridge 0 for 5 and Medicine Hat 1 for 5. The loss drops the Hurricanes two games below .500 with a record of 12-14-2-5. The Canes' have just two wins in their past 12 hockey games, but still hold down that final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Defencemen Reid Jackson and Daniel Johnson will be out until after the Christmas break nursing injuries. On Saturday, the Canes' called up prospect (D) Joel Topping from Midget "AAA" Red Deer. Lethbridge selected the Red Deer product in the second round of the 2010 WHL Bantam draft.
Hurricanes Business Manager Jim Bradley (AKA Santa Claus) was out spreading some Christmas cheer around the ENMAX Centre Friday evening. Jim was handing out candy canes and chocolates to some lucky fans. He even stopped by the broadcast booth to take a picture with yours truly. Good on ya Ol' Saint Nick, or Jim!
The Hurricanes play their final game before the Christmas break Saturday night in Medicine Hat. It'll be the Canes' first road game since December 1st. After Saturday, the Hurricanes will be off for just over a week for the Christmas break and return December 27th to play the Oil Kings in Edmonton.
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