LETHBRIDGE - Morgan Klimchuk broke a 2-2 tie with 32 seconds left in teh 3rd period as the Regina Pats defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night.
No scoring in the first period of this hockey game. Both teams had a few chances, but goalie Ty Rimmer and Teagan Sacher managed to keep the doors close and the game scoreless after 20 minutes. Shots were even at 10-10.
In the second, the Hurricanes would break the 0-0 tie when Jaimen Yakubowski scored his team-leading 21st goal of the season to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. The Pats through would storm back in a pair of goals less than two minutes apart. Regina would tie the game on a quick power play goal by Kyle Burroughs. That made it 1-1. Then shortly after that, the Pats would take the lead for the first time. Jack Rodewald took the puck off the side boards and lifted a hard shot over Rimmer to give the Pats a 2-1 lead. That one goal lead held right through the end of the period. Regina held a 20-16 edge in shots.
In the third, the Hurricanes would put on a huge push and with just under 5 minutes to go, Craig Leverton would take a feed out front and fire a shot beating Sacher to tie the game at 2-2. That was Leverton's 7th of the season and put the Canes back to even terms. It appeared the game was headed to overtime until the Pats would stun the ENMAX Centre crowd when Morgan Klimchuk snapped home a shot beating Ty Rimmer with just 32 seconds remaining in the 3rd period. That made it 3-2 Regina and the Pats would skate away with the victory and the two points. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 17-16-1-4 on the season. Lethbridge finished the night 0/3 on the power play and Regina was 1/1. Regina out shot the Hurricanes 27-26.
The Hurricanes have plenty of games on the road after the break. So far they've played 23 games at home and just 15 away from the ENMAX Centre. They'll more than make up for that in the final two months of the regular season.
The Hurricanes are off now for their annual WHL Christmas break. They don't resume play until Friday, December 28th when they travel to Calgary to take on the Hitmen. This will be the first game of a home-and-away set between the two teams as the Hitmen make the return trip to Lethbridge the following night. Game time on the 28th is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.
On behalf of Fred and I, everyone at 94.1 CJOC and the Lethbridge Hurricanes we wish all the best during this Christmas season and very happy and prosperous 2013!