LETHBRIDGE - The Lethbridge Hurricanes erased a 2-0 deficit and came back to beat the Prince Albert Raiders 3-2 Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Canes found themselves down a pair of goals when PA's Josh Morrissey scored twice in the opening 10:00 of this game. The Canes got one of those back later in the period when Jamal Watson scored on a power play, his 13th goal of the season to cut the Raiders lead to 2-1 after 20 minutes of play. That was the Hurricanes first goal in their last three games. Goalie Jonny Hogue was very good between the pipes as the Canes were out shot 17-6.
In the second, the Raiders kept pumping shots at the Lethbridge goaltender, but Hogue was solid as a rock the rest of the night. The Hurricanes tied the game late in the period when Taylor Cooper notched his 10th goal of the season to even the score at 2-2 through 40 minutes of play. The Raiders held a wide edge in shots, 33-14.
In the third, both teams would go hunting for the go-ahead goal. It looked as if things might head to overtime, but with about 6:30 left Brady Ramsay scored his 12th goal of the season for Lethbridge, to complete the comeback and give the Hurricanes their first lead of the night 3-2. The Raiders pushed to get back to even terms, but Hogue shut the door and the Canes would hold on for the one goal victory and at the same time end a long 8 game losing skid. It was also Jonny Hogue's first-ever WHL win in goal. When it was all said and done Prince Albert out shot Lethbridge 43-20. The Canes went 1/3 on the power play and the Raiders 0/3. The victory improves the Canes record to 10-38-2-3 in 53 games this season.
The Hurricanes end the month of January with a game on the road Friday (Jan. 31) in Red Deer. This will be the 6th and final meeting of the season between the teams with the Rebels holding a major edge in the season series. It's been a very busy month for Lethbridge. This will be their 14th game in 31 days. After this they will stay mostly in southern Alberta for the first three weeks of February before heading to Saskatchewan and Manitoba the final week of the month. Their next home action is Wednesday (Feb. 5) against the visiting Saskatoon Blades. Game time from Red Deer Friday is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. Paul Kingsmith from Global TV will be calling the play-by-play for that game as I'm still away with my company in Vancouver for radio hearings. I'll be back next Wednesday when the Canes begin their final quarter of the season.