MOOSE JAW, SK. - The Moose Jaw Warriors scored three times in the second period and held off the visitors late as they beat the Lethrbridge Hurricanes 3-2 Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes got off to a quick start on the road for second night in a row. About 6 minutes into the period, Sam McKechnie with some outstanding hand-eye coordination, batted the puck out of mid-air and by Moose Jaw goalie Justin Paulic to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. The Canes had a few good chances to go up by a pair, but weren't able to cash in again in that period. The Warriors didn't have as many opportunities as the Canes did, but when they did, Ty Rimmer was there to shut the door. Lethbridge took the 1-0 lead in the dressing room after one. The Hurricanes held the edge in shots 12-8.
In the second, the Warriors would get things going in a big way with three goals in the first 10 minutes of period. Justin Kirsch tied the game at 1-1 when he beat Ty Rimmer to end Rimmer's shut out streak which lasted just over 4 periods. Six minutes later, the Warriors would take their first lead of the night when Tanner Eberle undressed the Hurricanes defence, walked in and snapped a bullet over Rimmer to give Moose Jaw a 2-1 lead. 90 seconds after that, the Warriors would get a little insurance when Morgan Rielly lifted a backhander into the top of net to give his team a 3-1 lead. The Hurricanes couldn't find a way to generate any offence in this period as the Warriors gained a lot of momentum off those three goals. They would take the 3-1 lead after 40 minutes and also out shot the Canes 23-21 through two periods.
In the third, the Hurricanes would press to get back in the hockey game. Late in the period Jay Merkley would burst out on a breakaway and scored his 4th of the season to cut the Warriors lead to 3-2. That goal extends Merkley's hot point streak to 6 straight games, now with 4 goals and 3 assists in that stretch. Lethbridge would pull the goalie to try and tie the game, but that would be as close as they would get as Moose Jaw would hold on for a 3-2 victory. The Warriors held a slight edge in shots 35-32. The power plays couldn't click in this one. Lethbridge was 0/2 and Moose Jaw 0/3. The loss drops the Hurricanes to one game under .500 once again with a record of 6-7-1. It was a pretty good hockey game I thought. The second period once again is where this game was won for Moose Jaw and lost for Lethbridge.
Ty Rimmer was given his 14th consecutive start in goal in this game. Rimmer more than earned the start again after his 37 save performance in a 4-0 win Tuesday in Swift Current. Chris Tai has yet to get a start in goal for the Hurricanes as he's held the back-up role since the start of the season.
The Hurricanes return home to host the Regina Pats Friday night (Oct. 26) as they kick off another 6 game home stand. During the next few weeks at home, the Hurricanes will also play Swift Current, Vancouver, Medicine Hat, Saskatoon and Victoria. All games are 7:00 pm starts on 94.1 CJOC. They don't hit the road again until the Remembrance Day long weekend.