The Lethbridge Hurricanes dropped their second straight game to start the 2014-15 WHL season Saturday in Medicine Hat.
The Tigers scored 5 times en route to a 5-1 victory. Just like Friday night, the Hurricanes would score first. Captain Jamal Watson gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with his first of the season just 39 seconds into the hockey. Unfortunately for Lethbridge, that very early goal would be the only time all night long that they'd light the red lamp.
Chad Butcher and Steven Owre scored for Medicine Hat in the opening period to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. The shots favoured the Tigers 16-7.
Medicine Hat extended its lead in the second period with a goal by newcomer Mark Rassell. That made it 3-1 Tigers through two periods of play. In the third, the home team would seal the deal with a pair of goals. Steven Owre would get his second of the night to make a 4-1 game and Matt Bradley added a bit more insurance to increase the lead to 5-1 and that's the way this game ended.
The shots heavily favoured Medicine Hat for a second night, 39-21. In the two games on opening weekend, the Tigers out shot Lethbridge by a combined total of 77-39. Stuart Skinner played the entire game in goal for the Hurricanes in this one.
Penalties were a problem for the Canes. Medicine Hat went 1/7 while the Hurricanes finished the game 0/3.
The Hurricanes are now 0-2 to start the season with their next two games against the Calgary Hitmen. The Canes are off Friday and Saturday, but travel to Calgary Sunday (Sept. 28) when they take on the Hitmen at the Saddledome for a late afternoon start. Calgary makes the return trip to Lethbridge the following Wednesday (Sept. 30).
For Medicine Hat, Saturday's game was the last-ever WHL home opener the Tigers will play in the old Medicine Hat Arena. The Tigers will play starting next season in the brand new Medicine Hat Events Centre which is being built just off Highway 1 on the outskirts of Medicine Hat.