It was a wide open first period between the Hurricanes and Rebels, meeting for the second time in 5 days this week. Lots of shots and some v ery good goaltending too. Red Deer opened the scoring late in the period when Connor Bleackley scored on the power play, ripping a shot y Teagan Sacher to give the home town Rebels a 1-0 lead. That was short lived as the Hurricanes came back less than a minute later to even the score. Reid Nemeth wired a shot past Patrik Bartosak for his 2nd goal of the season. That tied the game at 1-1 after 20 minutes. Shots were dead even at 14-14. It turned rough near the end of the period when tempers started to flare between the two rivals.
In the second, both teams would go at each other to try and get the go-ahead goal, but neither Patrik Bartosak or Teagan Sacher would break. Both goalies continued to play solid hockey, keeping this game tied at one. The best chance in the period came when Bartosak robbed Brady Ramsay on a chance in front of the Rebels goal. The game remained tied after 40 minutes of play. The shots on goal favoured Lethbridge 29-23.
In the third, the game stayed tied until the Rebels took the lead with just over six minutes left in the period when Lukas Sutter awarded a penalty shot and he scored for Red Deer to give the Rebels a 2-1 lead. The Hurricanes though managed to keep chipping away at the Rebels lead. Less than three minutes later, Tyler Bell hammered a point shot which was tipped in by Reid Duke. That was his 6th goal of the season and tied the game at 2-2. It also extends Duke's point streak to 6 games. That would be enough to send the game into overtime. The extra session solved nothing, so we'd have to go to a shoot out to decide a winner in this one. Through 7 rounds of the shoot out, the Red Deer Rebels scored twice including the final goal by Meyer Nell and that turned out to be the game winner as the Rebels would skate away with a 3-2 shoot out victory. Lethbridge pepperred Bartosak in this game. The Canes out shot Red Deer 44-36. Lethbridge finished the game 0/4 on the power play and Red Deer went 1/4.
At the Halfway Point
Through 36 games this season the Hurricanes have a record of 5-26-2-3. At this same 36 game point last season, the Canes had compiled a record of 16-15-1-4, one game above the .500 mark.
Hurricanes Offer Family Pack For Christmas
The Hurricanes are offering a special "Family Pack" for the Hurricanes hockey fan on your list this year. For $55 dollars, you will receive (2) Adult tickets, (2) Youth tickets, (4) Medium Pop and (2) Large Popcorn. Retail value of this Family Pack is $93, but you will receive it all for just $55. To purchase your Family Packs, you can visit the ENMAX Ticket Centre or call them at (403) 329-7328. This offer can be purchased anytime and it is valid through the 2013-2014 regular season. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
The Hurricanes will finish off this crazy week with an early afternoon game Sunday (Dec. 15) at home against Victoria. This will close out a stretch of 5 games in 6 days this week so it'll be interesting to see just how much gas the Hurricanes have left in the tank for this game. Victoria comes to town after playing Saturday night in Medicine Hat. This will be the third meeting of the season between the two clubs, with the Royals winning the two previous games on Vancouver Island back in mid-October. This will also be Axel Blomqvist's first game back in Lethbridge since he was dealt to Victoria a few weeks ago. It's also the Canes final home game before the WHL's Christmas break. Game time is 2:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 1:30.