LETHBRIDGE - Four goals in the second period lifted the Prince Albert Raiders to a 6-3 win over the Hurricanes Saturday night.
A delay to get this game started. The lights at the ENMAX Centre wouldn't come on after the pre-game announcements. One things got underway. the Hurricanes had some great chances in the early going with three straight power plays, but were unable to beat Cole Holowenko in the PA goal. That was about all the offence in the opening period. Neither team was able to score and the two teams would head to the dressing room in a 0-0. Lethbridge held the edge in shots 12-8.
In the second, the Raiders would open the scoring. Just over a minute in, Tyler Yaworki let a wrist shot go, beating a screened Liam Liston up high give Prince Albert a 1-0 lead. Just over two minutes later, the Raiders would strike again, this time on the power play. Logan McVeigh's spin shot, would beat Liston low along the ice, giving the visitors a 2-0 lead. Those two goals were scored just over two minutes apart. Before the half way point in the period, the Raiders would make it 3-0 with another power play goal. Mike Winther jammed the puck by Liston to give the Raiders a little more breathing room. The Hurricanes finally got their offence going with a pair of goals later on. Tyler Kizuik scored to get Lethbridge on the board. It was his 1st of the season and got the Hurricanes to within two. A few minutes later the Canes would get another one, this time Nick Bounassisi notched a highlight reel goal with a great passing play from Jay Merkley and Jaimen Yakubowski. That was Buonassisi's 13th of the season and cut the PA lead to 3-2. The Raiders though would get their two goal lead back with less than a minute to go in the period when Josh Morrissey scored. That gave Prince Albert a 4-2 lead after two periods of play. Lethbridge held a slight edge in shots 29-26.
In the third, the Raiders would keep the offence coming and would put the game away. Just like the second period, PA would score twice in the first 5 minutes of the third. Josh Morrissey scored his second of the night to increase the PA lead to 5-2 and then just a few minutes after that, Shane Danyluk hammered home a shot by Liam Liston to make it 6-2 Raiders. Before the game would come to a close, Lethbridge would get one more, a power play goal this time by Tyler Kizuik. His second of the night to make it 6-3 Prince Albert and that's the way this game would end. Lethbridge out shot PA 37-35 on the night. PA finished the game 2/4 on the power play while the Hurricanes went 1 for 6.
Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore said on the CJOC post game show: "We couldn't match their compete level and and their energy tonight. It was just a disappointing weekend. We are way better than this. We need to regroup over the next few days, because we can't play like this on the road. There were several goals that went in tonight that I wasn't happy with."
This was just the second of four meetings this season between Lethbridge and PA. The two clubs will play twice more, in Lethbridge February 11th and in Prince Albert February 29th. Both clubs have had their fair share of ups and downs this season. With the loss, the Hurricanes sit only two points ahead of the Raiders in the standings. Lethbridge sits with a record of 19-32-0-1, while PA is 17-30-1-2.
The Hurricanes called up defenceman Joel Topping for Saturday's game. Topping was chosen in the 2nd round, 41st overall in the 2010 WHL draft. He's having a good year with AAA Rebels in Red Deer and was recently named AMHL All-Star game.
That does it for the Hurricanes January schedule. The Canes went 5-7 during the month and now have just 20 games to go in the regular season. They'll kick off the month of February next week with three games in four nights in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Canes will play in Swift Current Wednesday (Feb. 1), Brandon Friday (Feb. 3), and Regina on Saturday (Feb. 4) before returning home February 8th to host Cam Braes and the Moose Jaw Warriors.