LETHBRIDGE - The Hurricanes erased a 3-0 deficit to beat the Everett Silvertips 4-3 in a shoot out at the ENMAX Centre Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes came out gunning in this one, but it would be the Everett Silvertips who got on the scoreboard first. The Tips broke a scoreless tie with two goals just 14 seconds apart late in the period. First, Tyler Maxwell banked a shot in off Canes goalie Liam Liston on a power play to give Everett a 1-0 lead and right off the face off at centre ice, Jordyn Boyd moved down the left wing and lifted a shot by Liston's blocker and in to give Everett a 2-0 lead after one period of play. Lethbridge held the edge in shots 13-5 at one point, but the Tips closed that gap to 13-9.
In the second, the visitors would go up by three. Macoy Erkamps was called holding up Josh Birkholtz on a partial breakaway. Birkholtz was awarded a penalty shot and put a beautiful move on Liston, roofing the shot into the top of the net to give the Tips a 3-0 lead. The Hurricanes got that one back a minute later and followed that up with two more to even the score in short order. First, Brady Ramsey tapped home the puck by Kent Simpson to get the Hurricanes on the board for the first time in the game. It was Ramsey's 5th of the season. A few minutes later, the Canes and Ramsey would get another one. Everett's Jordyn Boyd was given a 5 minute major for clipping when he knocked down the Hurricanes Russ Maxwell with low hit around the knees. Ramsey moved in and snapped a shot by Simpson on the power play for his 6th of the year, making the score 3-2. Then 23 seconds later, the Canes got another one on the man advantage. Landon Oslanski fired home his 3rd of the season to tie the game 3-3. That's the way the period would end. The Hurricanes out shot Everett 27-24 after 40 minutes.
In the third, both teams opened things up to try and find that go-ahead goal. Neither team was able to score, so the game would head into overtime. The extra 5 minutes solved nothing so the game would go to a shoot out to determine a winner. The lone shoot out goal was scored by the Captain Cam Braes and the that gave the Hurricanes a 4-3 victory and put an end a long 123 game losing streak. The Hurricanes players jumped off the bench with excitement and relief, mauling Liam Liston to congratulate the goaltender on his first win as a Lethbridge Hurricane. Lethbridge was out shot 41-37 on the night. The Hurricanes finished the night 2/7 on the power play and Everett went 1/4 on the man advantage and also scored one short-handed.
It was a pretty feisty hockey game too. A couple of good fights in this one. Former teammates Cam Braes and Brennan Yadlowski when at it in the first period and then in the second, Nick Buonassisi went toe-to-toe with Lucas Grayson. There were also plenty of scrums after whistles throughout the course of the game. Hurricanes Captain Cam Braes said on the CJOC post-game show that he wants to thank the fans for sticking with the team through what was a really tough stretch for the Hurricanes. Braes says it's never been through such a long losing skid and now he's happy it's all over.
The Hurricanes are still battling injuries. Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston says defenceman Daniel Johnston won't be ready to play until next Wednesday (Nov. 9) when the Canes host Seattle Damien Ketlo still isn't ready to go either. The Hurricanes called up defenceman Joel Topping to fill the void on the blueline Wednesday. Phil Tot made his return to the line-up against the Silvertips. He missed the last couple of weeks Wednesday's game also marked the return of former Hurricanes D-man Brennan Yadlowski to Lethbridge for the first since he was dealt to Everett. He was traded to the Tips last season in exchange for a second round draft pick from this past May's WHL Bantam draft.
The Hurricanes hit the road Thursday morning for a quick to Saskatchewan to take on the Prince Albert Raiders Friday (Nov. 4) and then Saskatoon Saturday (Nov. 5). The Hurricanes next home game is November 9th when the host Seattle. That will be military appreciation night in honour of Remembrance Day.