LETHBRIDGE - Tyler Wong scored a hatrick as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the visiting Saskatoon Blades 8-5 Saturday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a strong start in this hockey game. Wearing their new 3rd jerseys, the Canes hit the score sheet on the power play. Tyler Wong tipped a Griffin Foulk point shot which beat Saskatoon goalie Troy Trombley to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. That was Wong's 4th of the season. A few minutes later, the Hurricanes would go up by a pair, when Russ Maxwell found the back of the nest for his 3rd goal of the year. That gave Lethbridge a 2-0 lead. Before the end the period, the Hurricanes would get another on the power play, when Macoy Erkamps blasted home his 2nd of the season. The made it 3-0 Canes after 20 minutes of play. Saskatoon held a slight edge in shots 13-10.
In the second, the Blades would start things off with a goaltending change as Alex Moody would replace Troy Trombley between the pipes. The Hurricanes though blew the game wide open with four more goals. Ryan Pilon fired a point shot which beat Moody to make it 4-0 Lethbridge. They kept it coming with another power play goal, this time Captain Josh Derko would score his 3rd of the season to give the Canes a 5-0 advantage. Derko made it 6-0 with his second of the game and 4th of the year just a few minutes later. That gave the home team a big lead and they weren't done there either. Before the buzzer sounded, Tyler Wong potted his 2nd of the evening and 5th of the season to give Lethbridge a commanding 7-0 lead. Saskatoon would break the shut out bid for Corbin Boes with 2.5 second left in the period when Nick Gomerich scored to cut the Canes lead to 7-1 after 40 minutes of play. The shots favoured Saskatoon 25-24.
In the third, the Blades would chip their way back and make things very interesting after the Canes got into some penalty trouble. Saskatoon scored four power play goals. Graham Craig scored at the 6:50 mark to cut the Canes lead to 7-2. Shortly after that, Nikita Scherbak scored with the man advantage to make it a 7-3 lead in favour of the Hurricanes. Under three minutes later, another power play goal, this time by Brett Stovin. That cut the Canes lead to 7-4. Then Nikita Scherbak scored his second of the night on yet another Saskatoon power play to make it a 7-5 game. The Blades pulled the goaltender, but Brady Ramsay was able to find Tyler Wong and he would score into an empty net to give the Canes am 8-5 victory. The win is the Canes first on home home ice this season and improves their record to 2-9-0-1 on the season. Lethbridge went 3/5 on the power play, while Saskatoon was 4/6. The Canes gave up a lot of shots against in this one as Saskatoon out shot Lethbridge 44-33 on the night.
The Hurricanes hit the road for one game Sunday as they travel up Highway 2 to take on the Calgary Hitmen at the Saddledome. This will be the Hurricanes first visit to Calgary this season and the second meeting of the year between the two clubs. Following that game, the Hurricanes return home for 8 straight games starting with a visit from the defending WHL champion Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday (Oct. 22). The Canes game in Calgary is set for a 4:00 pm MDT start. The pre-game show on CJOC at 3:30.