The Lethbridge Hurricanes three game wining streak was halted Sunday night with an 8-4 loss to the Tigers in Medicine Hat.
It turned out to be a penalty-filled game, mainly midway through the third period with a goalie fight and a number of misconducts handed out.
The Hurricanes opened the scoring in this game when Zane Jones put home his 18th goal of the season to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. The Tigers got that one back late in the period when Trevor Cox beat Zac Robidoux to even the score at 1-1 through 20 minutes of play.
In the second, Kyle Becker gave Medicine Hat its first lead of the game at the 5:34 mark making it 2-1 Tigers. The Canes though evened the score with Giorgio Estephan's 4th of the year just over a minute later. Trevor Cox put the Tigers in the lead again, this time with his second of the night at the 10:30 mark to make it a 3-2 game. Cole Sanford put the Tigers ahead 4-2 with a power play goal later in the period and before the buzzer sounded, Medicine Hat would get another power play goal, this one courtesy of Anthony Ast. That put the Tigers ahead 5-2 through two periods of play. It was all Medicine Hat, out shooting the Canes 19-3 in the second period alone.
In the third, the Tigers kept on rolling. Cole Sanford scored two more goals early in the period, completing the hatrick and giving the home team a commanding 7-2 lead. Lethbridge managed to get a couple of those goals back in the final frame when Jamal Watson scored his 16th of the season and Jaeger White his 3rd. That cut the lead to 7-4, but Steven Owre iced for the Tigers late in the game, making the final 8-4 Medicine Hat.
It turned out to be a penalty-filled contest. Both goalies, Zac Robidoux and Nick Schneider were ejected from the game for fighting at the 8:27 mark of the third period. That was part of a long list of penalties at that stage of the game. The Canes were heavily out shot 50-17 on the night. Lethbridge went 0/1 on the power play and the Tigers 2/6. The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 9-21-3-2 in 35 games on the season. The Hurricanes officially hit the halfway point on Tuesday (Dec. 30) when they travel to Calgary to take on the Hitmen. That'll be the Hurricanes final game of 2014. They'll open 2015 on the road Friday (Jan. 2) in Edmonton and the back home Saturday (Jan. 3) to host the visiting Red Deer Rebels.