MEDICINE HAT - The Medicine Hat Tigers beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-1 in a penalty-filled game Saturday night.
Not a bad first period of hockey in this game. Things stayed scoreless until the final 5 minutes of the period when the Tigers opened the scoring on a power play goal by Dylan Buesnius. That made it 1-0 Medicine Hat and that goal stood up as the only offence through the opening 20 minutes of play. Despite not scoring, the Hurricanes had several good chances in the first period. Medicine Hat held a slight edge in shots 11-9.
In the second, the Tigers would go up by a pair. Kale Kessey moved down the right side and snapped a shot by Ty Rimmer to give the home team a 2-0 lead. The Hurricanes just couldn't get anything going in this period with only a couple of shots on goal. Their best chance came late in the period on a power, but were unable to get the puck by Dawson MacAuley in the Tigers goal. The Canes were out shot 13-6 in that period and 24-15 overall through 40 minutes of play.
In the third, the Hurricanes would get a glorious chance when Kale Kessy was given a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a hit to the head, but the Canes failed to score on that man advantage. Shortly after that, Medicine Hat would score again to make it 3-0 when Curtis Valk found the back of the net. The Tigers kept it coming with a few more goals, one from Hunter Shinkaruk and the other from Spenser Jensen, both on the power play. The Hurricanes would break MacAuley's shutout bid late in the game when Sam McKechnie scored his 2nd goal of the year to make it 5-1 Tigers and that's the way the game would end. The Hurricanes power play really struggled, going 0/8 on the man advantage while the Tigers went 3/9. The Tigers outshot Lethbridge 31-24. The loss drops the Canes early season record to 1-1.
Reid Duke, Tyler Wong, and Bryton Sayers sat Saturday's game out for Lethbridge as healthy scratches, while Dan Johnston, Adam Henry, and Connor Sutton are injured. Johnston is expected back in the Lethbridge line-up next weekend.
The Hurricanes will have a few days off before their next game. They'll welcome the defending WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday (Sept. 26). Game time is 7:00 pm (MDT). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes only other game next week is on the road in Cranbrook on Saturday for their first of 6 meetings with the Kootenay ICE.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Hurricanes This Week is back on the radio Monday night on CJOC. Fred Jack and I will be joined in-studio by Head Coach and GM Rich Preston for the entire hour. The show starts at 7:00 pm on CJOC.