LETHBRIDGE - It was a span of just 17 seconds which changed the game as the Medicine Hat Tigers defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-1 Tuesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes and Tigers would renew the rivalry in fine fashion with a couple of fights in the first few minutes of this hockey game, the 5th of 8 meetings this season between the clubs. The Tigers held a 10-3 edge in shots for the longest period of time. The game remained scoreless until the final seconds of the period when Macoy Erkamps fired a point shot with 2.8 seconds remaining in the period to break the scoreless tie. It was a power play goal for the Hurricanes and Erkamps' 5th of the season to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. The shots favoured the Tigers 10-6.
In the second, the Tigers would tie the game and then take the lead with a pair of goal 17 seconds apart. Just over 5 minutes into the period, Cole Sanford would score on the power play to even things at 1-1. Right after that the Tigers would get a 3-on-1 off the face-off at centre ice and they would come down and beat Jonny Hogue with a goal from Curtis Valk. That gave Medicine Hat a 2-1 lead. The Canes pressed hard to tie the game, but the Tigers were able to hold to that one goal lead through 40 minutes of play. The Tigers held a sizable 26-10 edge in shots on goal.
In the third, the Hurricanes would try to even the score, but they could only manage five shots on goal. The Tigers had a great chance to put the game away early in the period, when the Hurricanes got into penalty trouble and that put the Tigers on a 5-on-3 power play for 1:58. Lethbridge managed to kill that off and stay within one goal. The Hurricanes pulled the goalie with 1:10 remaining, but they were unable to get the equalizer and the Tigers would skate away with a 2-1 victory. Jonny Hogue had a huge game in goal for Lethbridge as the Canes were out shot heavily, 42-14. Medicine Hat went 1/6 on the power play and the Hurricanes 1/3. The loss drops the Canes overall record to 9-33-2-3 in 46 games this season.
AMA Hits the Ice With the Hurricanes
400 Lethbridge area AMA School Safety patrollers will enjoy a fun-filled morning
skate at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 15 with members of the Lethbridge Hurricane — an event that rewards the young volunteers for their efforts. “These
patrollers are safety leaders and important members of our community,” explains
Allison Pike, spokesperson with the Alberta Motor Association. “This is one
small way we can say thank you for protecting our children in the
community.” The Alberta Motor Association and partners like Alberta Health
Services, Office of Traffic Safety and Brain Injury Relearning Services will
teach the children about the importance of protecting their heads. Patrollers
will share the message, teaching younger children to wear a proper fitting helmet, whether it's on the ice, the ski hill, or cycling on city streets.
The Hurricanes are now off and running on the road for the next five games. They play this weekend in Red Deer against the Rebels on Saturday (Jan. 18). After that the Canes will head up to northern B.C. to get set for their only game this season against the Prince George Cougars next Tuesday (Jan. 21). The B.C. swing is part of 4 games in 5 days for the Hurricanes. They'll also make stops in Kamloops, Vancouver, and Kelowna. The next home action for Lethbridge is January 29th when they host Prince Albert.