LETHBRIDGE - Russ Maxwell and Phil Tot each scored and Damien Ketlo was the difference in goal as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 2-1 Tuesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
A much better start in this game for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. As opposed to the last game the Canes and Moose Jaw played on the weekend where Warriors had a 4-0 lead after one, Lethbridge managed to keep the Warriors off the score sheet in the opening 20 minutes of this hockey game. The Hurricanes only had a couple of chances themselves. The game remained scoreless after 20 minutes. The shots favoured Moose Jaw 10-3 after one period.
In the second, it looked like the game would remain scoreless heading into the final period, until the Hurricanes opened the scoring with a goal in the last minute. Sam McKechnie held the puck
in along the boards and fired it on goal where Russ Maxwell was there to tap in a backhander, beating Luke Siemens and giving Lethbridge a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. That was Maxwell's 11th of season. Moose Jaw held a big edge in shots, 26-11 after two periods of play. Damien Ketlo was outstanding in goal for the Hurricanes stopping everything fired his way up to this point in the game.
In the third, the Warriors would tie the game at 1-1. Off a face-off, Cody Beach snapped a rolling puck over the shoulder of Ketlo, to even the game about 5 minutes in the period. Just past the midway of the period the Hurricanes would take the lead on a lucky bounce. Phil Tot snapped the puck toward the Moose Jaw goal, banking it off a Warrior player for his 14th of the season to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead. Moose Jaw pressed hard in the final 8 minute to tie, but the Hurricanes were able to hold of the late attack and beat the Warriors 2-1. The Hurricanes were heavily out shot, 38-17. Moose Jaw went 0/5 on the power play, while the Canes finished the night 0/2. The victory improves the Canes overall record to 27-39-0-1 on the season and also improves their home record to an even .500 at 17-17.
The Hurricanes called up forward Reid Duke for Tuesday's game. This was his 8th game with the Canes this season. He had 5 points in the 7 games he played previously this season. With Duke's Midget AAA team done for the year, he's eligible to remain with the Hurricanes for the remainder of this season. Craig Leverton and Brady Ramsay missed the Tuesday game, still out with injury, while Jaimen Yakubowski was out sick. Brody Sutter played for the first time in a week, after missing the previous three road games with back spasms.
The Hurricanes will play game two of this three game home stand Friday (Mar. 9) when they host the Calgary Hitmen. The two clubs will play one last time next Wednesday at Saddledome. Game time Friday from the ENMAX Centre in 7:00 pm (MST). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. Lethbridge will welcome rival Medicine Hat on Saturday (Mar. 10)