LETHBRIDGE - Tyler Sandhu broke a 2-2 tie in the third period as the Everett Silvertips came back to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
It didn't take long for the Hurricanes to get going in this hockey game. Just 1:21 into the first period, the Canes would score. Tyler Wong passed it to Jamal Watson from behind the Everett goal and he would score his 8th goal of the season. That was a power play goal and made it 1-0 Lethbridge. Taylor Copper would register an assist on that goal for his first point as a Lethbridge Hurricane. A few later, Cooper drove down the right side and was tripped up, going into the end boards very hard. The newest Hurricane forward spent a considerable amount of time on the ice, attended to by both team trainers and the Hurricanes team doctor. He was loaded on to a stretcher after about 10 minutes and taken to Chinook Regional Hospital for examination. GM Brad Robson reported to us after Cooper was taken off the ice, "He is communicating
& is aware of where he is. Concern is his shoulders, neck, &
head." The good news is that Cooper later returned to the ENMAX Centre and was seen wearing a sling. He tweeted this after: @coopaloop17: "I'm okay but have a concussion and a hurt shoulder thanks for all the tweets and prayers." The Silvertips were given a 5 minute major for tripping on that play. Once play resumed, the Canes were unable to score on the lengthy power play. The game stayed that way until the late stages of the period when Jujhar Kaira scored with just 14 seconds remaining to even the score at 1-1. Everett held an 11-6 edge in shots on goal.
In the second, both teams played a rather defensive period. The Hurricanes managed to kill off a lengthy 5-on-3 power play for for Everett. The score stayed at 1-1 until late when the Canes would regain the one goal lead when Josh Derko netted his 6th goal of the season to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. The shots favoured the Silvertips 20-11.
In the third, the Tips would even the score early when Ivan Nikolishin tipped in a point shot, beating Corbin Boes to tie the game at 1-1. Five minutes later Everett would take its first lead of the night when Tyler Sandhu scored to make it 3-2 for the visitors. The Canes would press late to try and get the equalizer, but that's as close as they would get in this hockey game. Everett would win it 3-2. The Silvertips out shot the Hurricanes 32-18. The Canes penalty kill was good as the Tips went 0/5 on the man advantage. The Hurricanes finished the night 1/2. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 3-18-2-2 on the season.
Trades Winds Keep Blowing
With the trade of Axel Blomqvist to Victoria earlier in the day, that makes 7 separate deals by the Lethbridge Hurricanes since the start of the this WHL season. Quite frankly, there hasn't been a busier team when it comes to trades in the last year. It started when the Hurricanes dealt Craig Leverton to Prince Albert for Spencer Meyer. Since that transaction on September 17th, the Canes traded Adam Henry to Seattle for (D) Griffin Foulk, then they sent Jaimen Yakubowski and Sam McKechnie to the Thunderbirds for (F) Riley Sheen and (F) Carter Folk. Recently it was the acquisition of (G) Teagan Sacher from Regina for a draft pick, then last week picking up (D) Tyler Bell from Moose Jaw for a draft pick. Last weekend, the trade of Ryan Pilon to Brandon for (D) Nick Walters, (F) Taylor Cooper, and prospect Tanner Browne. And now Axel Blomqvist gone to Victoria for a pair of picks in 2014. Nearly half this team is new in just two months. Then you can add import (D) Kris Khenkel who will join the team in December after Christmas. That'll make 9 new faces. It's been an incredible flurry of personnel changes. The Canes still have an extra goalie and another defenceman which they have to make decisions on soon as well.
The Hurricanes hit the road for their next two games this weekend. The Canes will play the Blades in Saskatoon Friday (Nov. 22) and in Prince Albert Saturday (Nov. 23). Both games are 6:00 pm MST start times on CJOC. This will be the second game of the season between Lethbridge and Saskatoon. The Canes won the first match-up earlier in the season. Saturday will be the first of four meetings this year between the Hurricanes and Raiders. The Hurricanes return home next weekend to host Edmonton twice on Friday and Sunday (Nov. 29th & Dec.1)