LETHBRIDGE - The Lethbridge Hurricanes scored goals in the final seconds of both the first and second periods as they beat the WH- leading Kamloops Blazers 4-2 at the ENMAX Centre Friday night.
The Hurricanes got things going in this game. Just prior to the midway point in the period, the Canes would open the scoring on their first shot of the hockey game. Graham Hood's pass was deflected in off the stick of Sam McKechnie to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. That was McKechnie's 16th of the season. The Blazers came back to even the score when Aspen Sterzer lifted a backhander over Ty Rimmer to tie the score at 1-1. It looked like that's the way things would stay, but late in the period, the Hurricanes would regain the lead with a power play goal. With just 5 seconds remaining in the period, Brady Ramsay's shot would beat Kamloops goalie Taran Kozun to make a 2-1 Lethbridge lead after 20 minutes. The Blazers out shot the Canes 14-9.
In the second, the Blazers would get the game back to even terms. Chase Souto beat Rimmer late on a Kamloops power play to tied the game up at 2-2. After that Lethbridge took things over. Jaimen Yakubowski would continue his hot streak scoring on a 5-on-3 power play to give Lethbridge a 3-2 lead. That was Yakubowski's team-leading 20th goal of the season. Late in the period, the Hurricanes would get one more. With only 3 seconds left on clock, Craig Leverton would knock home his 6th of the season to give the Canes a 4-2 leading heading into the dressing room. That was also a power play goal for the Hurricanes who went 3 for 6 on the man advantage through 40 minutes of play. The Hurricanes held the edge in shots 25-23.
In the third, the Hurricanes had a few great chances with the power play to put this game away, but couldn't beat Kozun and on the other side Ty Rimmer shut the door and kept the Blazers off the score board as the Hurricanes would skate away with a 4-2 victory. This game turned out be extremely chippy. Even Coach Rich Preston was fired up behind the bench and near the end of the game had words with Kamloops Coach Guy Charon. The were plenty of penalties in this one. The Lethbridge power play was the different in this one, going 3/10. Kamloops finished the night 1/3. The victory improve the Canes record to 17-15-1-4.
HURRICANES THIS WEEK
Our final program of 2012 will air Monday night (Dec. 17) on CJOC. Our guests include Hurricanes President Brian McNaughton with his mid-season Board Report, Hurricanes Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel Brad Robson, and Dan Marshall, the radio voice of the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers as talk heats up again on Vancouver Island about the WHL in the Harbour City. The show starts at 7:00 pm MST oon CJOC.
The Hurricanes next action is Tuesday (Dec. 18) when they play host to the Regina Pats in their final game of this current 6 game home stand. It'll also be the last game the Hurricanes play until December 28th as the team will head off for the WHL's annual Christmas break. It'll be the 3rd meeting of the season between Lethbridge and Regina. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.