RED DEER - Two goals in the first period helped the Red Deer Rebels beat the Hurricanes 4-1 Wednesday night.
A much better start to this game for Lethbridge, but they still found themselves trailing just past the midway point of the first period. Joel Hamilton stole the puck away from the Hurricanes defence, skated in, and let a rolling shot go, beating Damien Ketlo and putting Red Deer ahead 1-0. With just over a minute to go, the Rebels would add to their lead. Chad Robinson picked up the loose puck in front of Ketlo and put it upstairs to make it 2-0 Rebels after one. Red Deer out shot the Hurricanes 12-9 in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second, the Hurricanes would cut the lead in half. Cam Braes took a nice feed from Phil Tot for his 5th goal of the season to get Lethbridge on the scoreboard. It was 2-1 at that point. It didn't last long though. Red Deer would get that one back on a power play. Matthew Dumba was allowed to walk right in and a fire and shot off the crossbar and in to give the Rebels a two-goal lead again, this time 3-1. That's the way the period would end. Red Deer out shot the Canes 25-20 through two periods of play.
In the third, the Hurricanes pressed hard to get back into the game, but the Rebels would seal things with an empty-netter from Adam Kambeitz. The final score: Red Deer 4 and Lethbridge 1. The Canes were out shot 34-31. Lethbridge went 0/6 on the power play and the Rebels 1/6. The Hurricanes continue to struggle on the man advantage and are a combined 0/17 in the last two games. Damien Ketlo played a solid game I thought for the Hurricanes in goal and came up with several key saves throughout the night. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore was frustrated on the post-game show, saying the penalties the Hurricanes took while on the power play really took the wind out of their sales in this game.
The Hurricanes brought up one of their future forwards to play in Red Deer. Reid Duke who the Canes chose 5th overall in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft suited up for the Hurricanes and wore number 28 in his first WHL regular season game. Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston talked about the team's goaltending situation in the pre-game show. Preston only said he's "still talking to teams and we'll see what happens later on this week.". The Canes have three goalies still: Anderson, Ketlo, and Kovacs. Ketlo played in goal for Lethbridge in the Red Deer game and was backed up by Anderson. Kovacs was a healthy scratch.
The Hurricanes are back on the road again Friday when they travel to Cranbrook to take on the Kootenay ICE. It'll be the second meeting of the season between the two clubs. The ICE will play in Lethbridge next Monday. Game time from Kootenay is 7:00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Canes return home Saturday to host Swift Current.
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