LETHBRIDGE - Morgan Klimchuk scored three times as the Regina Pats rolled on to a 5-2 victory over the Hurricanes Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
It didn't take long for the first goal in this game. Four minutes into the period, Jesse Zgraggen let a point shot go which beat Corbin Boes to give the Pats an early 1-0 lead. Zgraggen, a Lethbridge product was recently acquired by the Pats in a trade with Calgary. Late in the period, the visitors would score shorthanded. A great effort by Morgan Klimchuk on a two-on-one rush and he would score to make it 2-0 Pats. They weren't done there. A few minutes later, Klimchuk would strike again for his second of the night, making it 3-0 Regina through 20 minutes of play. Regina controlled the period, out shooting the Canes 20-9.
In the second, the Pats would get a power play early and the guy with the hot hand would score for a third time. Morgan Klimchuk roofed a perfect shot, beating Corbin Boes to make it 4-0 Pats. The Canes would get that one back on a power play of their own late in the frame when Reid Duke scored his first goal of the season. That cut the Pats lead to 4-1 and that's the way the period would end. It was a much better 20 minutes of hockey for Lethbridge, but they still trailed by 3 goals. The shots favoured the Pats 35-19.
In the third, the Pats would score again. Connor Gay banked a shot off the back of Corbin Boes' pads to give Regina a 5-1 lead. Things stayed that way till late in the game when the Hurricanes got a late 5-on-3 power play. Axel Blomqvist found the back of the net for his 5th goal of the season to make it 5-2 Regina and that's the way this one would end. The Pats would hand the Hurricanes their 7th straight loss and drop the team's record to 2-14-2-1 on the season. The Canes played a disciplined game as Regina only had two power plays. The Pats finished the game 1/2 with the man advantage while the Canes went 2/6.
I loved the quote from Tyler Wong on the CJOC pos-game show. He said, "Tough times don't last, but tough people do". Enough said............
Pilon Trade Talk
Lethbridge Hurricanes GM Brad Robson says he had a bust day Wednesday fielding calls from several WHL teams interested in acquiring Ryan Pilon. The defenceman left the club Tuesday and asked to be traded. Robson told Global's Paul Kingsmith earlier in the day he had spoken to 15 General Managers and doesn't want to wait too long before pulling the trigger on a deal
This long 8 game home stand will come to an end this weekend for the Hurricanes. The Canes next action is Friday (Nov. 8), when another one of the U.S. Division teams rolls through town. The Spokane Chiefs are off to a very solid start this year and are one of the highest scoring clubs in the WHL. This will be the only meeting of the season between the two teams and the 4th of 5 U.S.-based clubs to play in Lethbridge this season. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes will play at home again Saturday (Nov. 9) when they host Red Deer.