RED DEER - The Red Deer Rebels came back to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-1 in a shoot out Friday night.
The Hurricanes got off to a good start in this game. About 6 minutes in, Jaimen Yakubowski took a pass from Sam McKechnie behind the Red Deer goal and he beat Patrik Bartosak for his 8th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Lethbridge. The Canes had a few more chances in the period as did Red Deer, but that's the way things would stay. The Hurricanes took that one goal lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes. The Rebels held the edge in shots 10-8. Overall it turned out to be a pretty road period for the visitors.
In the second, the Red Deer Rebels would come out strong looking for the equalizer, but Ty Rimmer was excellent keeping his team in the game. The Rebels pounded 19 shots at the Lethbridge goal in the second and late in the period they'd get the tying goal. Connor Bleackley spun around out in front of the Canes goal and beat Rimmer with a low shot along the ice with less than a minute remaining to even the game at 1-1 after two periods. Red Deer held a comfortable advantage in shots 29-14.
In the third, both teams went full out to get the winner, but both goalies again were outstanding between the pipes and kept things even at 1-1. Ty Rimmer came up with a sensational save, robbing Bellerive with about 5 minutes remaining. Neither team was able to break the 3rd period tie. Regulation ended and the game went into overtime to try and settle things.
The extra 5 minutes solved nothing and in the shoot out only one goal was scored. Matt Bellerive beat Rimmer low along the ice for the lone goal and the game winner as the Rebels would come away with a 2-1 victory. The Hurricanes earn a big point, but they've now dropped 5 games in a row for the first time since last season. The Canes see their record fall to 13-12-1-2 on the year. Lethbridge was heavily out shot for the second game in a row, this time 45-24. The Hurricanes will be looking for some answers to put the Cane Train back on the right track.
Reid Duke will miss the next few games with an upper body injury. He was hurt during the Calgary game on Wednesday. With Duke sidelined for a bit, Connor Sutton factored back into the Hurricanes line-up in Red Deer Friday. He's only played one game this year after being injured and coming down with a virus. Captain Graham Hood is still a few weeks away from getting back with his injured hand and Michael Sofillas is still having post-concussion issues.
The Hurricanes will play their next 4 games on the road as they head to Saskatchewan next week. On Tuesday (Nov. 27) the Canes take on the Blades in Saskatoon 6:00 pm MST on CJOC. On Wednesday Lethbridge will travel to Prince Albert. That will close out the November portion of the schedule for the Hurricanes. On Saturday (Dec. 1) the Hurricanes will take on the Tigers in Medicine Hat, and after that they'll head straight to Edmotnon to play the Oil Kings next Sunday (Dec. 2) afternoon at 4:00 pm MST.