MEDICINE HAT - Three goals late in the second period lifted the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 4-3 come-back win against the Tigers in Medicine Hat Wednesday night.
The Medicine Hat Tigers would draw first blood in this game. About 14 minutes into the period, the Tigers would make it 1-0 with a power play goal from James Bettauer. He ripped a low point shot by Damien Ketlo to give the home side the lead. That would be the only offence in the opening 20 minutes. The Tigers outshot Lethbridge 13-8 in the first period. Ketlo was very good in goal in that period and came up with a couple of key saves in the late stages.
In the second, the Tigers would keep up the pressure. They would end up getting another power play goal. Jayden Hart tipped in a point shot over a screened Ketlo to put Medicine Hat agead 2-0. The Hurricanes would get one of the back on a power play of their. Brady Ramsey took a nice feed from Nick Buonassisi and buried behind Tyler Bunz to make it a one goal game, 2-1 Tigers. The Hurricanes would keep it coming. Jamal Waton soon after rifles a wrist shot by Bunz to even the score at 2-2 and then right after that, Sam McKenchie blasted home his 3rd of the season to give Lethbridge a 3-2 lead. The Canes score three goals in a span of 2:55 to erase a two goal deficit and take a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. The shots were 26-16 in favour of Medicine Hat.
In the third, the Hurricanes would get an early 5-on-3 power play and they would make good, extending their lead to 4-2. Cam Braes fired a slap shot right off the face-off into the top corner for his 12th goal of the season. That gave Lethbridge a huge two-goal lead. The Tigers though would soon after get a two-man advantage of their own. James Bettauer hammered a shot that beat Ketlo and that cut the Hurricanes lead to 4-3. Both teams' power plays were clicking in this game, scoring three times each up to this point. The Tigers would press hard to get the tying goal, but Damien Ketlo managed to shut the door the rest of the way and the Hurricanes would win the game 4-3. The Canes have now won 5 of their last 7 games. Medicine Hat out shot Lethbridge 38-27. The Hurricanes went 3/5 on the power play and the Tigers finished the night 3/5 as well. The win improves the Canes record to 8-20-0-1. Damien Ketlo was outstanding in the Hurricanes goal and was a huge reason the Hurricanes had a chance to win this game.
The Hurricanes got back defenceman Albin Blomqvist Wednesday night. He missed Tuesday's game against Red Deer with the flu. Juraj Bezuch also returned to the line-up in Medicine Hat as he missed the previous game with the flu as well. Graham Hood didn 't play against the Tigers either. He had to sit out because of supplementary discipline to be determined by the WHL on a hit he laid on Josh Cowen of the Red Deer Rebels Tuesday night. Phil Tot suffered an injury against Red Deer too and didn't play in Medicine Hat. The Hurricanes once again called up forward Reid Duke. On another note, the Hurricanes finally solved their goaltending issue. On Wednesday, the sent Tanner Kovacs to St. Albert of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. That leaves the team with Damien Ketlo and Liam Liston as the go-to guys between the pipes.
The Hurricanes have a couple of days off until they play host to Saskatoon Saturday night. It will be the Canes second meeting of the season against the Blades and their first game in December. On Sunday, the Spokane Chief come to town. Next week, the Hurricanes are off to B.C. to play in Kelowna, Victoria, and Vancouver.