If there's been a theme to the Lethbridge Hurricanes past three games it's what's taken place in the last period of play.
The Red Deer Rebels scored four times in the third period Friday night to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-1 at the ENMAX Centrium.
It was a close hockey game until the final frame. The first two periods were scoreless in Red Deer, but that changed in the third. The Hurricanes broke the 0-0 tie when Zane Jones scored his 10th goal of the season at the 3:07 mark to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. After that, the Rebels took the game over scoring four unanswered goals to win the hockey game.
Just over a minute after the Canes opened the scoring, Red Deer tied things up. Tyler Sandhu evened the game at 1-1 with his first of two goals on the night. Five minutes later Sandhu scored again to give Red Deer a 2-1 lead and the Rebels didn't look back. Brooks Maxwell got in on the scoring at the 14:40 mark to make it 3-1 Rebels. The Hurricanes pulled goaltender Zac Robidoux with over two minutes to go. Red Deer would seal the game with an empty netter from Scott Feser and that wold be it. Final score: Red Deer 4 and Lethbridge 1. Red Deer out shot the Hurricanes 35-20 in this game. The loss was the Hurricanes 5th in a row and drops their overall record to 5-11-3-1 on the season. One positive for the Canes was discipline. The Rebels didn't have one single power play in this game, while the Hurricanes went 0/2 on the man advantage.
For whatever reason the third period has been a real problem for Lethbridge lately. They've been in tight games until the final frame when things have dramatically changed. If they can get a handle on why things are collapsing in third periods, there will certainly be more wins in the future for this club.
The Hurricanes are back home Saturday night (Nov. 15) when they host the Kootenay ICE. Game time is 7:00 pm MST at the ENMAX Centre. Lethbridge and Kootenay sit tied in second-last place in the WHL standings with 14 points each. The Canes will play three games in three nights next weekend. They play in Cranbrook against the ICE next Friday (Nov. 21), then back home to face Moose Jaw Saturday (Nov. 22) and Prince Albert comes to town next Sunday (Nov. 23).