MEDICINE HAT - The Lethbridge Hurricanes came close, but lost 2-1 in a shoot out to the Tigers in Medicine Hat Saturday night.
The Hurricanes got off to a nice start on the road in this game. Just over 2 minutes into the first period, Jay Merkley's drop pass was picked up by Craig Leverton and he fired the puck by Cam Lanigan to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. That was Leverton's 5th goal of the season. The Tigers would have a few chances on the power play late in the period to tie things up by Ty Rimmer was able to keep them off the scoreboard. The Canes took that one goal into the dressing room after 20 minutes. Medicine Hat out shot Lethbridge 14-10.
In the second, the Tigers would tie the game on a rather strange goal. Dylan Busenius simply dumped the puck in from centre ice and it bounced past Rimmer to even the game at 1-1. Rimmer though never let that unlucky bounce bother him because he bounced back with a few key saves including a huge stop of Tigers' forward Boston Leier shorthanded. The game would remain tied at 1-1 after two period. The shots were close as well, 26-24 Medicine Hat.
In the third, both teams would go full out to try and get the go-ahead goal, but both Rimmer and Lanigan were able to shut the door for their respective teams and that would send the game into overtime. Neither team was able to get the winner in the extra 5 minutes so we would head to a shoot out to decide the winner of this game. The Tigers scored twice and Lethbridge only once and the Tigers would skate away with the 2-1 victory. The Hurricanes out shot the Tigers 42-38 and deserved a better fate in this game. Lethbridge went 0/2 on the power plat and Medicine Hat 0/4. The loss drops the Canes record to 14-13-1-3. Despite the loss, the Hurricanes earn a big single point.
The Hurricanes will travel to Edmonton for their next game Sunday (Dec. 2). It's a late afternoon start at 4:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 3:30. This will be only the second of 6 meetings this season between the two clubs with the Oil Kings blanking the Hurricanes in Lethbridge in the second week of the season. After this game, the Hurricanes will head home and play 5 straight games before the Christmas break and won't play away from the ENMAX Centre against until December 28th. Their next home game is Wednesday (Dec. 5) when they host Edmonton.