RED DEER - Two goals in the third period lifted the Red Deer Rebels to a 3-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Friday night.
The Red Deer Rebels would draw first blood in this one. Charles Inglis moved in on a two-on-one rush four minutes into the game and snapped the puck past Liam Liston to make it 1-0 Red Deer early. The Hurricanes had a couple of good chances to get back to even terms, but that one goal would stick as the only offence of the period. The Rebels also had a few quality opportunities to add to their lead. The shots were dead even at 14-14.
In the second, the Hurricanes continued to press to get the tying goal and late in the period they would do just that. On the late stages of a power play, Macoy Erkamps hammered a slap shot off the post and by Bolton Pouliot for his 4th goal of the season. That evened up the score at 1-1. That would be the only goal of the period and the two teams would head off to their respective dressing rooms tied at 1-1. Lethbridge held the edge in shots 24-21 after 40 minutes.
In the third, the Rebels would regain the lead just over a minute in when Cody Thiel scored a beautiful goal, lifting a backhander over Liston to make 2-1 Red Deer. That didn't last long. Less than two minutes after that, the Hurricanes would tie things up. Craig Leverton, in his first game back in nearly a month from injury, scored his 5th of the season to even the score at 2-2. It would turn into a one shot game after that. As the period moved on, Red Deer ended up getting the eventual game winner when Coaldale's Adam Kambeitz snapped a shot by Liston to make it 3-2 Rebels. Lethbridge pulled the goalie late to try and tie the game for a 3rd time, but that's as close as they would get. The Hurricanes out shot the Rebels 37-26 on the night. Lethbridge finished the game 1/5 on the power play while Red Deer went 0/4. The loss drops the Canes overall record to 28-42-0-1 in 71 games on the season. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore said on the CJOC post game show that he's happy this Hurricanes team has not quit, despite being out of the playoff picture for some time. He says it just shows the character of this team.
CANES PROSPECTS IN MIDGET AAA FINALS
Remi Laurencelle, Kolten Olynek and Bryton Sayers are all gearing up for their respective League Finals which kick off this weekend. Laurencelle, the Hurricanes 2010 8th round pick, and his Winnipeg Wild team face the Southwest Cougars for the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League Title starting tonight. Laurencelle finished second in team and league scoring with 73 points (24G, 49A) in 43 games. In the playoffs he’s tied for first with 12 points (6G, 6A) in 5 games.
The Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League finals get underway Saturday with the Saskatoon Contacts and Prince Albert Mintos squaring off. The Hurricanes 2nd round pick this year – Kolten Olynek has 11 points (5G, 6A) in 8 playoff games for the Contacts and finished 3rd overall in team scoring. Bryton Sayers, the Hurricanes 3rd round pick this year led all rookie Defencemen on his team in scoring during the regular season with 29 points (8G, 21A) in 42 games.
(From Hurricanes Communications Director, Esther Madziya)
The Hurricanes will play their final game of this 2011-2012 WHL season Saturday night in Medicine Hat. I suppose it's fitting the Hurricanes end the season in the same building they started this season off in late September. Medicine Hat holds a slight 4-3 edge in the 8 game season series, so the Canes will be looking to even things up 4-4 with a victory on the road. Game time is 7:30 pm MDT. The pre-game show on CJOC at 7:00.