Two former Lethbridge Hurricanes combined for five points as the Moose Jaw Warriors beat the Canes 5-1 Saturday night.
Jaimen Yakubowski had a goal and one assist while Kolten Olynek added three helpers to help the Warriors to victory. After a scoreless opening period, the visitors broke the game open with three goals in the second period.
Jaimen Yakubowski scored early in the period with a goal at 2:34 to give Moose Jaw a 1-0 lead. The Warriors jumped ahead 2-0 three minutes later when Dustin Perillat beat Zac Robidoux on a power play. Moose Jaw kept the offence coming. A few minutes after that they struck again, this time Tanner Eberle scored at the 8:29 mark to make it 3-0 Moose Jaw. Those three goals in just under six minutes changed the complexion of the entire hockey game. The Canes got their only goal of the game midway through the second period on a power play, courtesy of Tyler Wong. That cut the Warriors lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.
In the third, Moose Jaw put the game away when a pair of goal in the final five minutes. Torrin White, who was playing against his brother Jaeger for the first time scored at 14:40 to make it a 4-1 game and then in the final minute Austin Adam fired a shot by Robidoux to give Moose Jaw a 5-1 lead and that's the way this game would end. The Warriors out shot the Hurricanes 30-27. Moose Jaw was 1/3 on the power play and Lethbridge 1/6.
The loss was the Hurricanes 8th in a row and drops their record to 5-14-3-1 in 23 games this season. The Canes are only slightly ahead of where they were at this same time last season when the club has just 3 victories through their first 23 games.
Generating offence continues to be a huge problem for Hurricanes has the club enters the final week of November. The one goal Saturday gives the club a total of 54, still the lowest goals for total in the Western Hockey League to date. Every other team in the WHL has scored 60 or more to this point.
Ironically the last time the Hurricanes won a game was against the team the play Sunday afternoon (Nov. 23). The last time the Canes won was way back on October 29th when they beat Prince Albert at home. The Raiders fired their head coach after that and since then they've been playing better hockey. PA comes into this mid-afternoon game with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games and winners of two straight.
Game time is 4:00 pm MST. The Canes host Vancouver Wednesday (Nov. 26). They its on the road to the U.S. next weekend with games in Tri-City and Spokane.