LETHBRIDGE - The Prince Albert Raiders came back from a one goal deficit twice as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes got things going very early in this game. Just 19 seconds into this one, Russ Maxwell beat Luke Siemens in the Raiders goal to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. That would be Maxwell's team-leading 14th goal of the season. A few minutes later, the Raiders would tie the game. Leon Draisaitl took a feed from Mike Winther on a two-on-one rush and he beat Ty Rimmer to even the game up at 1-1. Late in the period though the Hurricanes would regain their one goal lead when Jamal Watson banked a shot off the leg of Jaimen Yakubowski and in to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. That was Yakubowski's 6th goal of the season. The shots were even at 10-10.
In the second, the Raiders would tie the game once again, this time a shorthanded goal. The Hurricanes got caught at centre ice and gave up a clear cut breakaway to Leon Drailsaitl who made no mistake, scoring his 2nd of the night to tie the game up at 2-2. PA pounded 16 shots at Ty Rimmer in this period. The Raiders held the edge in shots 27-15 through two periods of play.
In the third, the Raiders would take their first lead of the night. Logan McVeigh batted home the puck just a little over two minutes in the period. That goal made it 3-2 P.A. The Canes tried to put on a big push after that to find the equalizer, but Luke Siemens was able to shut the door and for only the 3rd time in the last 17 games, the Hurricanes would lose in regulation time. It's also the second victory of the season for Prince Albert in Lethbridge. The Raiders out shot the Canes 32-25. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 13-9-1-1 on the season. The win vaults the Raiders back into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Head Coach and GM Rich Preson gave me an injury update prior to Friday's game. He says Connor Sutton is over his sickness and is pretty much ready to play again. Mike Sofillas is skating again after missing the past few weeks, and Graham Hood will be sidelined for a couple more weeks with a fracture in his hand.
The Hurricanes have Saturday off this weekend and get set to play host to the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday evening. This will be the 3rd of 4 meetings this season between the two teams, with the Hurricanes winning both, one in Lethbridge and once on the road last weekend in Brandon. Game time 6:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 5:30. The Hurricanes will also host the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday.