LETHBRIDGE - The Red Deer Rebels scored the lone goal in the shoot out to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 Saturday night.
A pretty entertaining opening period between Lethbridge and Red Deer. The Hurricanes came out gunning in this game with several good scoring chances in the first 10 or 15 minutes, but Patrik Bartosak was outstanding between the pipes for the Rebels to keep the Canes off the scoreboard. Red Deer's best chances came late in the period. Ty Rimmer came up with a gamer-saver stop in the final few minutes to keep the scoreless after 20 minutes. Lethbridge held the edge in shots 15-10.
In the second, both teams would go hard to try and break the scoreless tie, but neither goalie, Rimmer or Bartosak would budge. The Canes and Rebels had some great scoring chances again during this period, but just like the first period, the game remained scoreless through 40 minutes of play. Red Deer came on strong in the second and held the edge in shots 27-23.
In the third, the Lethbridge Hurricanes would break open the hockey game with a power play goal. Macoy Erkamps' point shot went through everyone, beating Bartosak to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. That was his 5th goal of the season. Erkamps now has 2 goals and 12 assists in his last 11 games. Red Deer would tie the game on a power play of their own. Brady Gaudet's shot bounced off the back boards, hit Rimmer in the leg and went in. That evened the score at 1-1. A few minutes later Lethbridge would regain the lead, this time on a goal by Sam McKechnie, his 22nd of the season giving the Canes a 2-1 lead late in the period. With 90 seconds remaining in the 3rd, the Rebels would get the equalizer when Rhryse Dieno's shot beat Rimmer, tying the game at 2-2 and sending the contest into overtime.
The extra 5 minutes decided nothing and again the Hurricanes would have to go into a shoot out. The only player to score would be Rhryse Dieno and that would give the Red Deer Rebels a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. Despite the loss, the Hurricanes get a big single point and see their record fall to 23-21-1-7 on the season. The Hurricanes have only two wins in 9 shoot outs this season. Red Deer out shot the Hurricanes 45-31. Both teams finished the night 1/3 on the power play.
The Hurricanes temporarily move one point ahead of Swift Current and into sole possession of 5th place in the Eastern Conference. It was a very entertaining hockey game and the second time this year the Rebels have been the Hurricanes in a shoot out. The two teams meet again next Friday (Feb. 1) in Lethbridge.
The Hurricanes are down to their final 20 games in this current WHL regular season. The Canes will take on the Oil Kings Sunday afternoon at Rexall Place. This will be the final meeting of the season between these teams. Game time is 4:00 pm MST. The pregame show on CJOC at 3:30. The Hurricanes next home game is Friday (Feb. 1) when they host Red Deer.