MEDICINE HAT - The Tigers scored twice on the power play as they got by the Hurricanes 6-2 Saturday night in Medicine Hat.
For the second night in a row, the Medicine Hat Tigers would open the scoring against the Hurricanes. In the late stages of a power play, Trevor Cox snapped the puck by Chris Tai in the Lethbridge goal to give Medicine Hat a 1-0 lead. Before the end of the period, the Hurricanes would get that one back. Josh Derko moved down the left wing and hammered a bullet by Daniel Wapple to even the score at 1-1. The Hurricanes had a great final 8 minutes of the period and closed the gab. The shots were even at 11-11.
In the second, both teams would have some great chances to take the lead. Medicine Hat eventually would get that one goal cushion back when Blake Penner beat Chris Tai on the blocker side to give the home town Tigers a 2-1 lead. That's all the scoring in the period. Chris Tai made several big spots and the Hurricanes also killed off a lengthy Medicine Hat 5-on-3 power play. The shots were 20-13 Tigers through 40 minutes of play.
In the third, Medicine Hat scored a pair of goals, just over a minute apart to increase its lead to 4-1. Dylan Bredo and Logan McVeigh both beat Chris Tai in a span of 68 seconds to give the Tigers a 3 goal lead. Before the game was over, Medicine Hat added two more goals from Cole Sanford and Chad Butcher and they would skate away with a 6-2 victory. The Tigers out scored Lethbridge 12-3 on opening weekend. They also out shot the Canes 38-22 in this game. Lethbridge finished the night 0.6 on the power play and Medicine Hat was 2/6.
Neither Reid Duke or Macoy Erkamps played in Medicine Hat. Coach Berehowsky wouldn't elaborate, but said both players were nursing injuries. I don't expect they'll be out long. Axel Blomqvist was a healthy scratch for the Canes in the Hat. With those three players out, it gave the coaching staff a chance to get a look at Kolten Olynek, Bryton Sayers, and Spencer Meyer fpr the first time in this still very young WHL season.
Hurricanes This Week
Our second Hurricanes This week radio show takes place on Monday evening (Sept. 23) at 7:00 pm MDT on CJOC. Joining Fred and myself for the entire hour will be General Manager Brad Robson. If you have a question for the new GM, feel free to send me a tweet with the question: @radiopat258.
The Hurricanes will play just two games next weekend to close out the short September portion of their WHL schedule. Both game are on the road. On Friday (Sept. 27) the Canes will travel to Cranbrook for their first of 6 games this season against the Kootenay ICE. After having Saturday off, the Hurricanes will travel north to Edmonton to get set for a late afternoon game against the defending Eastern Conference Champs, the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rexall Place. That will be a 4:00 pm start on Sept. 29. The Hurricanes next home game is Wednesday, Oct. 2nd when they host Calgary.