SASKATOON, SK. - The Saskatoon Blades erased a 3-1 deficit and scored 4 straight goals to come back and beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-3 Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes got off to a rocking start in this game. Just over a minute into the first period, Sam McKechnie tipped in a pass from Tyler Wong and just like that Lethbridge was off to a 1-0 lead That was McKechnie's 11th goal of the season. The Hurricanes would get a few more chances right after that to go up by a pair, but they weren't able to beat Andrey Makarov. The Blades best chances came in the final few minutes of the period, but Ty Rimmer shut the door and the Canes would take the 1-0 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes. Saskatoon held the edge shots 11-8.
In the second, the Blades would tie things up. Nick Zajac's shot went off the shoulder of Ty Rimmer and in to even the game a 1-1. That didn't last long. Lethbridge would regain it's one goal lead shortly after that. Jaimen Yakubowski tapped in the loose puck over a rebound for his 9th goal of the season. That made 2-1 Hurricanes. The Canes kept it coming. Ryan Pilon would get in on the action by jumping up into the play and snapping home his 4th of the season. That made it 3-1 Lethbridge. The turning point in this game likely happened when the Hurricanes thought they had gone ahead 4-1 when Russ Maxwell scored on a power play, but the official blew the whistle a half second prior to the puck crossing the line. Makarov did not have the puck covered, but the referee lost sight and blew the play down. The game remained 3-1 Hurricnaes and shortly after the Blades would get one of those back. Brendan Walker moved in on a two-on-one and beat Rimmer up high to cut the Hurricanes to 3-2 after 40 minutes of play. The shots favoured Saskatoon 23-18.
In the third, the Blades would get back to even terms and eventually take the lead for the first time. Matej Stransky moved in shorthanded and as Joel Topping tried to knock the puck off his stick, he batted it right into his own goal past Rimmer. That evened the game at 3-3. Saskatoon then took the lead on a power play shortly after that. Darren Dietz's point shot deflected out front, beating Rimmer giving the Blades a 4-3 lead. The Hurricanes tried to get the equalizer, but Brendan Walker would seal the game with an empty netter. The Blades would score 4 straight in this one to win it 5-3. The loss drops the Canes record to an even .500 at 13-13-1-2. Lethbridge has also lost 6 games in a row. It was a very disciplined game by both teams. Lethbridge went 0/3 on the power play and Saskatoon 0/1. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore said on the CJOC post game that losing 6 in a row unacceptable. "We have to learn to hate to lose and have the will to come out and do whatever it takes to get the two points."
The Hurricanes will travel up the highway and play the top team in the Eastern Conference Wednesday (Nov. 28). This will be the 3rd meeting of the season between Lethbridge and P.A. The Raiders have won both meeting in at the ENMAX Centre. The Canes, for whatever reason have had a tough time winning in Prince Albert over the past few years. Game time is 6:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 5:30.