MOOSE JAW, SK. - Axel Blomqvist scored three times as the Lethbridge Hurricanes came back to beat Moose Jaw 5-3 Tuesday night, ending a long 10 game losing skid.
After kind of a luck-luster first few minutes, the Moose Jaw Warriors would draw first blood in this game with a power play goal. Just 15 seconds into the man advantage, Travis Brown's point shot would be tipped by Jack Rodewald and that would make it 1-0 Warriors. A few minutes later the Hurricanes would even the score on a power play of their own, when Axel Blomqvist tipped the puck by Moose Jaw's Justin Paulic for his 6th of the season. That tied the game at 1-1. The Warriors though would jump ahead again, on yet another power play marker, this time off the stick of Josh Uhrich who beat Chris Tai to give Moose Jaw a 2-1 lead, but before the end of the period, Lethbridge would tie the score again, thanks to Axel Blomqvist who would get his second of the night and 7th of the season to even things up at 2-2 after 20 minutes. The shots favoured Moose Jaw 14-8.
In the second,the Warriors would regain the one goal lead for a third time, when Jesse Forsberg came in from the point and put the bouncing puck by Tai to give the home team a 3-2 lead. The score stayed that way till late in the period would the Hurricanes would score a pair of goal just 29 seconds. Axel Blomqvist would complete the hatrick when he notches his 3rd goal of the hockey game and 8th of the season overall to tie the game up at 3-3 and then right after that, the Canes would take the lead for the first time when Russ Maxwell cashed in his 5th of the season to give Lethbridge a 4-3 lead after two period of play. The Warriors held a 29-17 edge in shots.
In the third, the Hurricanes would do a great job holding the Warriors off the score board. The Canes would add to their lead right off a face-off when Jamal Watson scored his 7th goal of the year to give Lethbridge a 5-3 lead. Moose Jaw pulled their goalie with over two minutes to go down by a pair, but goaltender Chris Tai would come up big and the Canes would skate away with a huge 5-3 victory. The win ends a 10 game losing skid for this hockey team. The Hurricanes improve to 3-17-1-2 on the season. Lethbridge went 1/2 on the power play and Moose Jaw was 2/5. The Warriors out shot the Canes 39-24. Chris Tai earned the game's first star with his performance between the pipes. Axel Blomqvist was the second star with the hatrick.
GM Robson Talk Potential Trades
Hurricanes General Manager Brad Robson joined me on the second intermission Tuesday night to talk about potential trades for this club. "Well, I've spoken to 18 or 19 teams. My main priority was to get a goalie who could come in here and battle with Boes and Tai and now we have Tegan Sacher with the hockey club. In regards to other trades, we are down to six defencemen so I'm looking for an older D-man. There is lots of discussion when it comes to Ryan Pilon, but my main priority now is to get a defenceman........whether it's a separate trade on its own or a deal that involves Pilon. I'm getting offers of older players, younger players, picks, so it's a mix variety. We have a hole to fill on the backend. I'm working my cellphone like crazy, but really I'm in no rush to get something done. I'll make a deal when it's the right time and helps the Lethbridge Hurricanes for the future."
The Hurricanes return home now for a pair of games. The Canes play host to the Red Deer Rebels Saturday night (Nov. 16) for the second time in a week. The Rebels held on to win 4-3 last Saturday at the ENMAX Centre. The Canes will then have a few days off before hosting the final U.S. Division opponent next Wednesday (Nov. 20) when the Everett Silvertips make their bi-annual trip to Lethbridge. Game time for nights is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game shows on CJOC at 6:30.