The Lethbridge Hurricanes struck first in this game. Nearly 5 minutes into the period, Tyler Bell let a long shot go from the blueline and that beat Saskatoon's goalie Troy Trombley to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. That was Bell's 4th goal of the season. The Canes had some solid chances as the period moved on. The Blades best chance came when Ryan Graham hit the crossbar. Other than that, Jonny Hogue was able to shut the door and the Hurricanes would hold on to that one goal lead through 20 minutes of play. The shots favoured Lethbridge 9-6.
In the second, the Hurricanes would add a little insurance to their lead when Jamal Watson cashed in his 14th goal of the season to give the home team a 2-0 lead. It appeared as if that two goal lead would hold up through the the rest of the period, but the Blades would have something to say about that. Saskatoon would tie the game late with a pair of quick goals from Austin Adamson and then shortly after that, Cory Millette tied it up on the power play to even the score at 2-2 through 40 minutes of play. Lots of shots in this one. Lethbridge held a 32-22 edge in shots on goal.
In the third, just over 90 seconds into the period, the Blades would take their first lead of the night when Mitch Lipon scored, beating Jonny Hogue to give Saskatoon a 3-2 lead. The Blades were down 2-0 late in the second period and three quick goals turned this game around in very short order. The Hurricanes had a glorious chance to tie the game when they had a 5-on-3 power play for nearly 1:20. The Blades killed off the first penalty, when Dylan Busenius stepped out of the penalty box and moved in on a shorthanded breakaway, beating Jonny Hogue upstairs to give the Blades a big 4-2 lead. The Canes got one of those back when Jamal Watson notched his second goal of the night and 15th of the season to cut the Blades lead to 4-3. Just when it looked like the Hurricanes may be on their way back, Saskatoon came back right off the face-off at centre ice, came storming down and scored to take a two goal lead for a second time in the game. Ryan Graham scored the goal off a rebound to give Saskatoon a 5-3 lead. The Hurricanes pulled the goalie with a couple of minutes remaining, but Brett Stovin scored into an empty goal to give Saskatoon a 6-3 come-from-behind victory. This was a very wide open game. Lethbridge out shot Saskatoon 53-38. The Canes went 0/6 on the power play and gave up a shorthanded goal while the Blades finished the game 1/5. The loss ends the Hurricanes two game win streak and drops their overall record to 11-39-2-3 in 55 games this season.
Assistant Coach Brad Lukowich was absent for the Hurricanes bench for a second straight game. He did not accompany the team to Red Deer last weekend and has not been at practice all week. Media was told Lukowich is not feeling well and no date was given for his return.
Mid-Season Shareholders Meeting
This is to remind all Lethbridge Hurricanes Shareholders of the upcoming Shareholders Mid-Term Information Meeting on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 7:00pm in the ENMAX Centre Lounge (upstairs of the ENMAX Centre, 2510 Scenic Drive South). The purpose of this meeting is to give all Lethbridge Hurricanes Shareholders an overview of the Hockey Club at this point of the season as well as to allow for a question and answer session. Shareholders can expect to hear from Board President Brian McNaughton as well as Business Manager, Terry Huisman. The Hurricanes Board of Directors and the hockey club encourage all of the shareholders to attend and take part in this event. Please Note: this meeting is for Lethbridge Hurricanes SHAREHOLDERS ONLY.
The Hurricanes next action is Friday at home when they take on the visiting Kootenay ICE. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. This will be the the 5th of 6 meetings between the two clubs. The Canes and ICE will close out their regular season set Saturday night in Cranbrook.