MEDICINE HAT - The Medicine Hat Tigers erased a one goal deficit three times and scored twice in the final minute of the second period as they came back to hammer the Lethbridge Hurricanes 10-3 Saturday night.
A great start for the Hurricanes on the road in this game. 2:01 into the first period, Reid Duke would score his 5th goal in the last 4 games off a nice feed from Axel Blomqvist, making it 1-0 Hurricanes. Medicine Hat would even the score a few minutes later when Jacob Doty hopped off the bench and fired home a shot over the glove of Ty Rimmer make it a 1-1 hockey game. The Hurricanes would regain their one goal lead before the end of the period when Graham Hood notched his 8th of the season, making it 2-1 Hurricanes after 20 minutes. Lethbridge got into a bit of penalty trouble late in the period when Sam McKechnie was given a double minor and then a 10 minute misconduct, putting Medicine Hat on a power play for 4 minutes. The Tigers though held a comfortable edge in shots 17-9.
In the second, the Tigers would even the score again. This time on a power play when Miles Koules beat Rimmer to tie things up at 2-2. Lethbridge would get that one back shortly after when Axel Blomqvist scored his 4th goal of the year to make 3-2 Hurricanes. It stayed like that until the final 7 minutes of the period when the Hurricanes would find themselves in some big time penalty trouble and the Tigers would make them pay dearly. Curtis Valk tied the game at 3-3 and then in the final minute of the period Medicine Hat would score twice more, both on the man advantage. Curtis Valk tipped home his second of the night to make it 4-3 Tigers and with just one second remaining on the clock, Hunter Shinkaruk banked one off Rimmer and in to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead through 40 minutes of play. The Tigers held a slight edge in shots 31-26.
In the third, the Tigers would extend their lead and put this game away. Elgin Pearce scored to make it a 6-3 game in favour of the Tigers. Medicine Hat wasn't done there. They would add 4 more before the end of the game. Logan McVeigh, Tyler Lewington, Chad Labelle, and Hunter Shinkaruk all scored in the final 10 minutes or so and the Tigers would hammer the Canes 10-3. The Hurricanes pulled Ty Rimmer after the 8th goal, in favour of Chris Tai. The loss drops the Canes record to 21-20-1-5 on the season and now the Tigers move to within 5 points of the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference standings and also have three games in hand. Medicine Hat out shot Lethbridge 46-29. The Tigers were 3/7 on the power play and Lethbridge 1/3.
ESTEPHAN CALLED UP
The Hurricanes called up prospect Giorgio Estpehan for Saturday's game against the Tigers. Brady Ramsay was serving the second game of a two game suspension while Russ Maxwell re-aggravated an ankle jury and was out of the line-up for this game as well.
The Hurricanes are now U.S. bound for their next road trip this coming weekend. The Canes will play in Portland Friday (Jan. 18), Everett Saturday (Jan. 19), and Seattle Sunday evening (Jan. 20) before returning home. This will be the first time this season that the Hurricanes will play three games in three nights. All games on 94.1 CJOC. The Portland and Everett games are both 8:00 pm MST starts. The game in Seattle is set for 6:00 pm MST.