RED DEER - Four goals in the first period and four more in the second pushed the Rebels to a convincing 10-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Wednesday night in Red Deer.
The Rebels scored early and often in the first period of this game as Red Deer opened things with three goals in just over 10 minutes. Byron Froese got the scoring started and made it 1-0 Rebels just a few minutes in. Then two minutes later, Turner Elson was sprung free while short-handed. That gave the home side a 2-0 lead. It was also the third time in two games that the Hurricanes have given up a short-handed goal to the opposition. Just past the 10 minute mark of the period, the Rebels would go up 3-0 when John Persson beat Brandon Anderson. That would be it for the Hurricanes starting goalie. Dylan Tait would get the tap on the shoulder to take over. Anderson had allowed 3 goals on 8 shots at that point. Before the end of the period Red Deer would go up 4-0 when Turner Elson notched his second of the night, this time on the power play. Not a good period of hockey for the Canes' to start this game. Red Deer out shot Lethbridge 12-6 in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second, the Rebels kept on rolling with four more goals. Byron Froese scored his second on a power play to make it 5-0. Then Turner Elson scored his third of the night on yet another on a power play. That put Red Deer ahead 6-0. The Rebels were not done there. Daulton Siwak fired a shot past Tait to make it 7-0. That would be it for Dylan Tait as the Hurricanes would make their second goaltending change of the game. Before the end of the period, Red Deer would make it 8-0 when the Hurricanes coughed up the puck at the Rebels blueline and Brett Ferguson would move in on a break-away and beat Brandon Anderson. It was another rough period of hockey for the Canes'. Red Deer held the edge in shot 32-15 after 40 minutes.
In the third, Colten Mayor fired a shot past Anderson to make to it 9-0 Red Deer. The Hurricanes would finally break the shut out bit for Dawson Guhle. Cam Braes scored back-to-back power play markers less than a minute apart for his team-leading 25th and 26th goals of the season to make it a 9-2 score. Red Deer though would end up hitting double digits on the score clock before the end of the night. Lucas Grayson just made it 10-2 Rebels after sneaking in from the point and firing a shot past Anderson. That would be the final score. It wasn't a pretty night for Lethbridge, not by any means. They really struggled in this game. The final shots heavily favoured Red Deer 49-24. The Rebels went 4 for 9 on the power play while the Canes' went 2 for 5. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 17-23-2-7. The remain tied for 8th place in the Eastern Conference.
Max Ross left the game in the third period after receiving a high hit from Red Deer's Matthew Dumba. Mike Reddington received a penalty after the play for jumping in and starting a fight with Dumba. The Hurricanes bench wasn't happy with the hit either. Ross left this ice a little woozy, but later returned to finish the game. It was a tough night for the Hurricanes. They were down 4-0 after 20 minutes and against a team like Red Deer, that's a tough deficit to come back from.
The Hurricanes will close out the month of January with a home-and-away series with the Kootenay ICE this weekend. The Canes' will host the ICE Friday and then travel to Cranbrook for the re-match Saturday. Both games are 7:00 pm (MST) starts on 94.1, CJOC. The Canes' have a win and a loss versus Kootenay this season.
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