LETHBRIDGE - The Lethbridge Hurricanes exploded for six goals as they shut out the Red Deer Rebels 6-0 Tuesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
It was all about the quality of the shots for the Hurricanes in the opening period, not the quantity. The Hurricanes didn't register a single shot until the 11:00 mark of the first period, but that one shot opened the scoring when Reid Duke cashed in his 3rd goal of the season. That made it 1-0 Lethbridge. A few minutes later the Canes struck again. Tyler Wong was sprung free on a breakaway and he scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season to make it 2-0 for the home team putting the puck by Taz Burman who made the start in goal for the Red Deer in this game. On the other side, Teagan Sacher was perfect for Lethbridge between the pipes. The Rebels out shot the Canes 10-4.
In the second, the Hurricanes would get a lengthy 5-on-3 power play for an entire two minutes and they would make good when Tyler Wong scored his second of the night and 14th of the season. That made it 3-0 Lethbridge. The Canes kept the offence coming. Right off a face-off to the right of Burman, Riley Sheen snapped in his 7th of the season to give Lethbridge a comfortable 4-0 lead halfway through the game. That would be it for Red Deer goaltender Taz Burman. He'd be replaced by the Rebels' AP call-up Grant Naherniak. That 4-0 score would hold up to the end of the period. The Canes had an outstanding period, firing 16 shots on the Red Deer goal. The Rebels still held a 24-20 edge in shots on goal.
In the third, the Rebels would go back with Taz Burman in goal and the Hurricanes would keep scoring. Early in the period, Reid Nemeth would light the red lamp with his first-ever goal in the WHL to give the Canes a 5-0 lead. Later on the Lethbridge Hurricanes would make good on another power play when Captain Josh Derko hammered home his 6th goal of the season. That made it 6-0 Lethbridge and that's the way this one would end. Teagan Sacher earned the shutout in goal for Lethbridge and his second win of the season. The victory improves the Canes record to 5-24-2-2 on the season. The Hurricanes have won two of their last three games. The Rebels out shot the Canes 35-33. Lethbridge finished the game 2/7 on the power play and Red Deer 0/5.
The Hurricanes continue this extremely busy pre-Christmas schedule Wednesday (Dec. 11) when they host the Calgary Hitmen. This will be the 4th of 6 meetings this season between the two Central Division rivals, with Calgary winning all three game so far. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Canes will hit the road for a pair of games starting in Edmonton Friday (Dec. 13) and Saturday (Dec. 14) in Red Deer. They're back home for a 2:00 pm game Sunday (Dec. 15) against Victoria.