LETHBRIDGE - Teagan Sacher was solid between the pipes in his first home start of the season as the Lethbridge Hurricanes ended a seven losing skid with a 3-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders Friday night.
In the second, both team kept coming at each other to try and find the first goal in this one. Late in the period, the Canes would break the scoreless tie. With 3:07 to go, Macoy Erkamps let a shot go from the point. That was tipped in front by Russ Maxwell, for his 8th goal of the season giving Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. That also ignited the ENMAX Centre crowd into a frenzy as the fans began throwing their stuffed animals onto the ice as part of the 18th annual Teddy Bear Toss game. 2317 stuffed animals were thrown onto the ice after that goal was scored. On Monday (Dec. 9) a number of Hurricanes players will head to Chinook Regional Hospital and deliver some of these stuffed animals to children in the Pediatric Unit. That's the way the period would end. The Raiders held a 20-15 edge in shots on goal.
In the third, the Hurricanes would go ahead by a pair when Tyler Wong tipped home a Macoy Erkamps point shot just over a minute into the period. That was Wong's team-leading 12 goal of the season, giving Lethbridge a 2-0 lead. That was a huge goal because the Raiders turned up the heat for the rest of the period. At the midway point, P.A. would get to within one, when Dakota Conroy scored his 4th goal of the season against the Hurricanes in just two games. That made it a one goal game in favour of Lethbridge, The Raiders continued to come at the Canes hard in the final 10 minutes, but Teagan Sacher was great between the pipes to hold Prince Albert off the score board. With just over a minute to go, Riley Sheen iced the game with an empty netter, his 6th of season and the Hurricanes would skate away with a 3-1 victory. It's just the Hurricanes second win on home ice this season. It was a very disciplined game by both clubs. The Raiders went 0/2 with the power play, the Canes 0/0. The final shots favoured the Raiders 32-20.
Sounding Board for Drake
Hurricanes Head Coach Drake Berehowsky has brought in another set of eyes and ears. Former NHL coach George Kingston is here watching the club. He was the first-ever Head Coach of the San Jose Sharks and also coached back in the day in Minnesota with the North Stars and Calgary as an Assistant. Berehowsky says he's a great sounding board and Drake has also attended coaching clinics with Kingston. He says any time you can bring in a guy with a wealth of experience in different areas it's always good to have.
Tale of Two Seasons
The Lethbridge Hurricanes have played 31 games so far this season. They sit with a record of 4-23-2-2 on the season. Looking back at the same 31 game sample last season, the Hurricanes were one game above the .500 mark with a record of 14-13-1-3.
The Hurricanes next action is Saturday (Dec. 7) when they travel up HIghway 2 to take on the Hitmen at the Saddledome in Calgary. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. This will be the third meeting of the season between the two Central Division rivals. The Canes return home back-to-back game next week as they host Red Deer Tuesday (Dec. 10) and then Calgary comes to town again Wednesday (Dec. 11).