It was a close game, but when it was all said and done the Brandon Wheat Kings would beat the Hurricanes on a power play goal in overtime to win it 5-4 Friday at the ENMAX Centre.
One thing the Canes have been doing lately is scoring early and scoring first. They did that again in this game. Just 29 seconds into the game, Tyler Wong scored for the home side to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. That was followed up a few minutes later when Jayce Hawryluk, who's been very good in his career against the Hurricanes scored to tie the game for Brandon at the 5:38 mark on a power play to even things at 1-1.
It was a actually a wild first period which saw several lead changes. Less than a minute later the Canes regained the one goal lead when Dexter Bricker scored to make it 2-1 Lethbridge. Brandon would again tie the score when Ivan Provorov beat Zac Robidoux to even things again, this time at 2-2. Lethbridge again would take the lead, for the third time in the period. Captain Jamal Watson scored his first of two goals on the night, this time on a power play to give the Canes a 3-2 lead at the 13:47 mark. That gave the Lethbridge a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes of play.
In the second the Wheat Kings would tie the game and then take their first lead of the night. John Quenneville scored early at the 1:35 mark to tie the game at 3-3 and then late in the period Tim McGauley scored to give the visitors a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes of play.
The scored stayed that way until the late stages of the third period, when Jamal Watson scored at the 16:54 mark to tie the game at 4-4 and send this contest into overtime. In the extra period, the Canes took a penalty and the Wheaties made them pay. Rihards Bukarts beat Robidoux at 1:41 of OT on the power play and that was it. Brandon wins it 5-4.
The loss drops the Canes record to 5-9-1-1 in 16 games this season. The positive in all this is the Hurricanes have points in 5 of their last 6 games and that's helped move this team to within two points of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. Brandon out shot Lethbridge 36-27. The Wheaties went 2/4 on the power play and Lethbridge 1/5.
The Hurricanes next action is Saturday (Nov. 1) when they travel to Cranbrook to take on the Kootenay ICE. This will be the first meeting of the season between the clubs. The ICE are struggling this season with just 3 wins in 16 games. They sit in last place overall in the WHL standings, but they did get back superstar forward Sam Reinhart. The question is will the ICE keep him or deal him off to a contender? There is no question he will fetch a massive return for Kootenay. A return that could set the ICE up nicely in the future. Their next home game is set for is next Friday (Nov. 7) when they host Swift Current.