MOOSE JAW, SK. - Quinton Howden scored twice as the Moose Jaw Warriors shut out the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-0 in a penalty-filled game Wednesday night at the Crushed Can.
The Hurricanes came under siege in the first 10 minutes of the game as the Moose Jaw Warriors came out of the gate flying. Moose Jaw pumped 10 shots on Brandon Anderson before the game was barely five minutes old. The Canes' goalie stopped every one of those shots to keep it a scoreless game. The Warriors would end up getting the first goal in this game as Joey Kornelson tipped a point shot on a power play late in the period to give Moose Jaw a 1-0 lead. Lethbridge was out shot 13-7 in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second, the Warriors would go up by a pair as part of the Quinton Howden show. He scored twice in the second period for his 26th and 27th goals of the season to put to home team up 2-0 and then 3-0 with another goal with less than two minutes to go in the period. It continued to be a very busy night for Brandon Anderson in goal. Moose Jaw held the edge in shots 28-15 after two period of play.
In the third, Brayden Cuthbert extended the Warriors lead when he tipped in a point shot to make it 4-0 Moose Jaw. The Canes' pulled Brandon Anderson after that in favour of Dylan Tait who would finish the night in goal for Lethbridge. It was mostly to give Anderson a rest as the Hurricanes netminder has seen an awful lot of rubber the passed couple of games. After that, it was a penalty parade for the rest of the game. One player after the other headed to the penalty box for both teams as things got rough in the final 10 minutes of this one. The Canes' were given the majority of the minors in this game as the Warriors would end up with 13 power plays on the night. The final score would end up Moose Jaw 4 and Lethbridge 0. This is the second time this season that Lethbridge has been blanked in Moose Jaw. They lost here 3-0 earlier on in the season. The final shots favoured the Warriors 41-20 in this game. The power plays looked like this: Moose Jaw 1 for 13 and Lethbridge 0 for 6. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 15-21-2-7 on the season, still four points behind Prince Albert for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
I think both teams were frustrated in this game given the amount of penalties and power plays. Rich Preston showed his displeasure a few times on the Hurricanes bench. Lethbridge found itself short-handed two-men three times in the third period. The Canes' penalty killers did another bang-up job as they were seriously put to the test in this contest. Moose Jaw continues to play good hockey. They move into a tie for 4th place in the East with the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The Hurricanes will play game three of this four game road trip on Friday when they travel into Manitoba and hook up with the Brandon Wheat Kings for the third time this season. That will be the first of two key games this weekend against teams the Hurricanes have to stay ahead of in the race for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. The Canes' are 1-1 versus the Wheaties this season. Brandon will be in Lethbridge on Tuesday next week for the final meeting of the year between the two clubs. Game time from the Keystone Centre in Brandon Friday is 6:30 pm (MST). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:00.
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