LETHBRIDGE - Brody Sutter scored twice as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Red Deer Rebels 3-1 at the ENMAX Centre Tuesday night.
It was a scoreless hockey game until the late stages of the period, when the Rebels would open the score on a nice wrist shot by Colten Mayor. That made it 1-0 Red Deer. A few minutes later the Hurricanes would get a 5 minute power play. Red Deer's Alex Petrovic was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a hit to the head on Hurricanes forward Jamal Watson. On the ensuing power play, the Hurricanes would tie the game. Cam Braes fired home his 11th of the season by Red Deer goalie Bolton Pouliot to even the score at 1-1. That's the way the period would end. The shots were even 9-9 through 20 minutes.
In the second, it was very similar to the opening period. The game stayed tied at 1-1 until late, when Brody Sutter found the back of the net for his team-leading 12th goal of the season. That would be all the offence in the second. It was a strong period for Lethbridge. The Canes held the edge in shots 24-15 through 40 minutes of play.
In the third, both clubs went hard at each other, especially the Rebels who were looking to even the game, but it came down to the final minute when the Canes put this one away. Brody Sutter scored into an empty net, short-handed as well to ice this game for Lethbridge and give the Hurricanes 3-1 victory. It was Sutter's second of the night and team-leading 13th of the year. The Hurricanes have now won 4 of their last 6 games. They out shot Red Deer 31-26 in this game. Lethbridge went 1/4 on the power play and Red Deer went 0/6. The win improves the Canes record to 7-20-0-1 on the season. That short-handed goal was the first of the season for Lethbridge and prior to this game, they were the only team in the WHL to not have scored a short-handed goal.
The Hurricanes played short-handed on the backend again last night. Both Daniel Johnston and Macoy Erkamps were out again with injury and Albin Blomqvist went down with the flu again. That's the third time the big Swede has been hit with the flu bug in the last month. Rich Preston said he tried calling up defencemen Joel Topping and Ryan Pilon, but Topping was sick and Pilon is taking exams. Cam Braes dropped back to play defence Tuesday night and Jay Merkley moved up to play in Braes' spot up front. Juraj Bezuch was also a scratch. He went down with the flu this week too and Preston said on the pre-game show that both Euros are "sick as dogs". With that, Preston expects both Johnston and Erkamps to be back and ready to go Saturday, which should give the Canes seven healthy defenceman again.
The Hurricanes will play the Tigers in Medicine Hat Wednesday (Nov. 30). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The puck drop at 7:00 pm (MST). It'll be just the second meeting of the season between these two Highway 3 rivals. The Hurricanes play at home Saturday (Dec. 2) when they host Saskatoon and then Sunday (Dec. 3) they Canes welcome the last of the U.S. Division teams to Lethbridge as the Spokane Chiefs are in town. The Hurricanes will be in B.C. all over next week.