Friday, 27 December 2013

Hurricanes Defeat Tigers 5-4 For Second Straight Win

LETHBRIDGE - Josh Derko broke a 4-4 tie in the 3rd period as the Lethbridge Hurricanes held on for a 5-4 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday night.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring in this first battle of the Highway 3 rivals since opening weekend. In his first game in the Western Hockey League, Kristian Khenkel fired a point shot beating a screened Daniel Wapple in the Medicine Hat goal. That gave Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. Just 5 seconds later, the Tigers would even the score on a strange goal. Tyler Lewington sent the puck on goal right from centre ice and it bounced by Teagan Sacher tying the game at 1-1. Medicine Hat then took the lead, when Kyle Becker scored to make it 2-1 Tigers.  Late in the period the Hurricanes would even the score and then re-take the lead. On a power play, Kolten Olynek would bury his 3rd of the season to make it a 2-2 game and before the buzzer sounded, Nick Walters scored his first of the season shorthanded to give Lethbridge a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. That was the Hurricanes first shorthanded goal of the season. The Tigers held a 19-13 edge in shots on goal.

In the second, Medicine Hat would make a goaltending change as the young Zak Robidoux would relplace Daniel Wapple. The Hurricanes would jump ahead by a pair of goals when Tyler Bell notched his 2nd of the season to give Lethbridge a 4-2 lead. The Tigers though would keep hammering pucks at Sacher in the Lethbridge goal. They out shot the Canes 16-4 in the period, but Sacher was perfect between the pipes and held the Tiger off the score sheet. The Hurricanes would take a two goal lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes of play. Medicine Hat out shot the Canes 35-17 through two periods of play.

In the third the Tigers would claw their way back from a two goal deficit. Miles Koules found the back of the net a few minutes into the period to cut the Canes lead to 4-3. Shortly after that, Medicine Hat would tie the game when Cole Sanford was sprung free shorthanded and he scored to tie things up at 4-4. That didn't last long as the Hurricanes, on the same man advantage, 17 seconds later, scored when Josh Derko potted his 9th goal of the season to give Lethbridge a 5-4 lead. The Tigers would press for the equalizer late as they pulled the goalie, but Sacher shut the door and the Canes would skate away with a close one goal victory.

Teagan Sacher kept the Hurricanes in this game and was a big reason for the win. Medicine Hat out shot the Canes 50-25. Special teams were a huge factor as well. The Tigers went 0/6 on the power play while the Hurricanes finished the game 2/4. The win improves the Canes record to 7-27-2-3 in 29 games this season. It's also the first time this year the Canes have won back-to-back games.

Next Up

The Hurricanes will close the 2013 portion of their schedule Saturday (Dec. 28) when they travel to Medicine Hat for the re-match against the Tigers. This will be the 4th of 8 meetings this season between the two Highway 3 rivals. Game time is 7:30 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes won't play again until New Year's Day when the travel to Saskatchewan to take on the Pats in Regina for a 1:00 pm MST start January 1st, 2014. The Canes will also play in Prince Albert and Saskatoon next weekend.



  1. 12 hours post-post and .... nothing from the regulars??

    I hate being the first, but WOW!! The Tai-gers!

    Best thing that ever happened for Chris Tai is getting cut from that city and team of dirty wet stinky rats. I hope a team picks him up and gives him a real chance.

    Can't love that we were outshot 2 to 1 and almost all the play was in our zone, but I don't mind so much since its hard to get past the fact that we WON!!

    Love that we killed all 6 of their powerplays; some of the penalties called were actually valid ones.

    There were several opportunities for two of the least competent officials in the league to even up the powerplays at 6 apiece, but we didn't need them. We spotted them a goal from centre ice, and it STILL wasnt enough for them to beat our heart.

    What a night for our defencemen; both new and old!

    For the first time in about five years of home games against this opponent, I didn't get beer spilled on me from the fans from the East having IQs only slightly less than the number of shots on net (of the Canes).

    Thanks, Canes! Highlight of the Year for me, so far. Wanna update it, tonight?

  2. Always nice to beat the Tigers.

    Sacher full value for this win. Nice to see contributions from different players, Khenkel looked good.

    Hopefully a win again tonight

    A View from Above

  3. Being we are still in the Christmas season, I just want to welcome Kris Kringle ...uhmm I mean ... Kris Khenkel to Lethbridge and the WHL. Kid had an amazing first 10 minutes of his WHL career. Not many players score a goal in the first few shifts of their WHL career. Best of all, the Canes are undefeated with Special "K" in the lineup.

    ps I hope Boes gets the start tonight. Sacher faced 50 shots in his first game in 10 days. Me thinks he will be mentally as well as physical pooped.