LETHBRIDGE -Wyatt Johnson score 1:20 into overtime as the Red Deer Rebels beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3 Saturday night at the ENAMX Centre.
The Hurricanes got off to a great start at home in this game. The Canes had a 5-on-3 power play early in the period, but were unable to score. Shortly after that man advantage ended, the Canes opened the scoring when Tyler Wong scored his team-leading 9th goal of the season. That made it 1-0 Hurricanes. After that though, the Rebels took things over with three goals in a span of roughly 5 minutes. Rhyse Dieno tied the game two minutes later when he beat Chris Tai to make it a 1-1 hockey game and then shortly after that, Cole Chorney scored on a nice passing play to make it 2-1 Red Deer. That would be it for Chris Tai who was pulled after allowing two goals on 6 shots. Corbin Boes came in and the first shot he faced would be a goal when Evan Polei notched his first WHL goal to quickly make it 3-1 in favour of the Rebels. That's the way to the period would end. The shots were even at 14-14. At one point, the Canes had a 1-0 lead and were out shooting Red Deer 8-0 before the game took a turn.
In the second, the Rebels would get another lengthy two man power play. The Hurricanes managed to kill that off and right out of the penalty box Tyler Bell picked up the puck, moved in, dropped it to Lenny Hackman and he fired home his first goal of the season to cut the Red Deer lead to 3-2. Before the end of the period, the Hurricanes would tie the game. Brady Ramsay, with just two seconds remaining on a Lethbridge power play scored his 7th goal of the season to get the Canes back to even terms and the two teams would head to the dressing room tied 3-3 after 40 minutes of play. The shots were close as well, 27-25 Rebels.
In the third, both teams would battle hard to try and get the go-ahead goal but neither Patrik Bartosak or Corbin Boes would break. The game would remain tied at 3-3 after regulation time and things would go into overtime at the ENMAX Centre. 1:20 in the extra session, Wyatt Johnson took the puck and scored, beat Corbin Boes for the game winner and the Rebels skated away with a 4-3 victory. Red Deer also out shot the Canes 35-34 in a close hockey game. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 3-17-2-2 on the season. It was a fun game to watch and a pretty good game by the Canes despite the loss.
Hurricanes This Week
The Hurricanes next action is Wednesday (Nov. 20) when they host the last of the U.S. Division teams to roll through southern Alberta. The Everett Silvertips will make their first and only stop at the ENAMX Centre this season. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Canes will be on the road next weekend in Saskatchewan as they travel to Saskatoon and Prince Albert Friday and Saturday (Nov. 22-Nov. 23).