LETHBRIDGE - Jaimen Yakubowski scored the winner late in overtime as the Lethbridge Hurricanes came back to beat Moose Jaw 4-3 at the ENMAX Centre
The Moose Jaw Warrirors would draw first blood in this game when Tanner Eberle tipped in a point shot, beating a screened Ty Rimmer to make it 1-0 Warriors. The Hurricanes had a number of good chances as well, two great scoring opportunities by Craig Leverton, but Moose Jaw goaltender Justin Paulic stopped both of them to keep Lethbridge off the score sheet. The Warriors took that 1-0 lead into the dressing room after one period. They out shot the Canes 17-10. Moose Jaw came close several times to jumping ahead by a pair, but Ty Rimmer, making his 12th consecutive start in goal managed to hold the visitors to only one goal.
In the second, the Huuricanes would tie the game at 1-1 when Sam McKechnie fired home his 6th of the season to get the Canes back to even terms. The Warriors would regain their one goal lead with a power play goal. Sam Fioretti, while laying on the ice, reached out and batted a bouncing puck by Rimmer to give Moose Jaw a 2-1 lead. Before the end of the period though, Lethbridge found the equalizer when Spencer Galbraith moved in late on a Hurricanes power play and scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes. Moose Jaw held the edge in shots 30-20.
In the third, the Warriors would take the lead on another power play goal. Shortly after a 5-on-3 advantage had expired, Juston Kirsch hammered a bullet one-timer by Rimmer to make it 3-2 Moose Jaw, but for the third time in this game the Hurricanes would respond with the tying goal. Jamal Watson took a great feed from Jay Merkley, burst down the right wing and put a soft backhander past Paulic to even the score at 3-3. That set up overtime for the 2nd night in a row. With just over a minute to go in the extra period, Jamien Yakubowski snapped home his 5th goal of the season to seal the deal as the Hurricanes would skate away with a 4-3 victory. The win improves the Hurricanes record to 5-6-1 on the season. The Canes went 1/4 on the power play, while Moose Jaw finished the night 2/8. The Warriors out shot the Canes 45-39.
It turned out to be a very productive week for the Hurricanes. They managed 5 out of a possible 6 points and scored 14 goals over 3 games. Contrast that with 18 goals in the first 9 game of the season for the Canes. Ty Rimmer was the game's first star with another outstanding effort between the pipes. Travis Brown of Moose Jaw, with 3 points was the second star and with one goal Sam McKechnie was the game's 3rd star in this game.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our next program aires Monday night, October 22nd at 7:00 pm on CJOC. Joining Fred Jack and myself on the show will be rookie forward Reid Duke, Hurricanes Business Manager Terry Huisman, and the Canes Strength and Conditioning coach Steve Szilagyi. If you miss a program LIVE, you can download it the following day at www.cjocfm.com and listen at your own pace.
The Hurricanes will hit the road for a pair of games in Swift Current Tuesday and Moose Jaw Wednesday before returning home to start another 6 game home stand as they play host to Regina Friday and Swift Current Saturday. All games are 7:00 pm (MDT) starts here on CJOC.