LETHBRIDGE - Two power play goals in the third period completed the comeback as the Hurricanes rallied to beat the Kootenay ICE 5-4 Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre
Not a good start for the Hurricanes in this one, but they can thank goaltender Liam Liston for keeping them in the first period. Lethbridge didn't register it's first shot until more than 11 minutes in. Kootenay would open the scoring with a goal by rookie Sam Reinhart, as he flipped a wrist shot by Liston to make it 1-0 ICE. The Hurricanes got that one back on a beautiful goal by Jamal Watson. He picked the puck up at centre ice and with blazing speed, beat two Kootenay defencemen and put it by Mackenzie Skapski to tie the game at 1-1. It was Watson's 7th of the season. That didn't last too long. Just 17 seconds later, Kootenay would regain the one goal lead. Joe Antilla's shot beat Liston to give the visitors a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. Lethbridge was heavily out shot 14-5 in that first period.
In the second, the ICE would increase their lead to 3-1. John Neibrandt took a drop pass in front of the Lethbridge and blew the shot by Liston, giving Kootenay a two goal lead for the first time in this game. The Hurricanes kept plugging away and they'd get that one back. The same line that scored the Canes first goal would get their second, when Craig Leverton knocked in the puck for his 3rd goal of the season. That cut the ICE lead to 3-2. A little while later the Hurricanes would get a power play, but it would be Kootenay scoring shorthanded. Jesse Ismond grabbed the puck at centre and moved in and beat Liston to give the ICE a 4-2 lead. Before the end of the period though, the Hurricanes would get one more with Jaimen Yakubowski's 10th of season to cut the ICE lead to 4-3 after two periods of play. Kootenay held the edge in shots 20-14.
In the third, the Hurricanes would put on the full course press to fight their way back into the game. They would get the equalizer with one second to go on a power play when Brody Sutter scored his team-leading 21st of the season to tie the game at 4-4. Both teams continued to battle hard to get the go ahead goal and with about 4 minutes remaining in the game, Lethbridge would get another power play goal, this time from Phil Tot, his 10th of the season to give Lethbridge it's first lead of the night and that's the way the game would end. It was the first time this season the Hurricanes have won a game when trailing after two periods of play. The power plays were the difference. Lethbridge finished the night 2 for 6 with the man advantage while the ICE went 0 for 5. The victory improved the Hurricanes overall record to 19-30-0-1 on the season, and now one game over .500 on home ice.
NEXT UP: HERITAGE GAME
The Lethbridge Hurricanes will pay tribute to the Lethbridge Sugar Kings during their next game Friday night at the ENAMX Centre when they play host to the Medicine Hat Tigers. For this one game only, the Canes will wear a special replica Sugar Kings jersey. Those jerseys are currently being auctioned off online at www.hurricanesauction.com. Puck drop on Friday night will be around 7:10 (MST) after a short pre-game ceremony. The pre-game show on CJOC starts at 6:30. The Hurricanes will host Prince Albert on Saturday. They'll head out to Saskatchewan and Manitoba next week to open up the February portion of their schedule.