The Lethbridge Hurricanes saw a 2-0 first period lead slip away as they fell 3-2 to the visiting Red Deer Rebels in a shootout Saturday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Canes had a solid first period, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead. Goals by Miles Warkentine, his second of the season at 2:04 and a goal four minutes later from Taylor Cooper, his 12th of the season put the Hurricanes in the lead. That two goal cushion held through the first period of play.
In the second, the Rebels got on the scoreboard late in the period when Nelson Nogier beat Stuart Skinner with just over two minutes remaining in the period. That cut the Lethbridge lead to 2-1 through 40 minutes.
In the third, it looked as if the Canes were going to hang on for the win, but Red Deer scored to tie things up with under two minutes to play. Preston Kopek scored at 18:09 tie even the score at 2-2, sending the game into overtime. The extra frame solved nothing, so this one would go to a shootout to decide a winner. It took seven rounds, but the Red Deer Rebels would get the come-from-behind victory and beat thee Hurricanes 3-2.
The loss drops the Canes overall record to 9-23-3-3 on the season. They lost four in a row after having a three game winning steak end a week ago. Red Deer out shot Lethbridge 39-33 in this game. The Canes went 0/3 on the power play and Red Deer 0/5.
Next for Lethbridge, the Saskatoon Blades on Friday (Jan. 9). This will be a match-up of two teams at the bottom of the Western Hockey League standings. Both clubs have just 9 wins on the season.