After a one hour delay in the third period to fix a hole in the ice, the Lethbridge Hurricanes held on to beat the rival Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Tigers opened the scoring in this game when Trevor Cox beat goalie Jayden Sittler to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Canes got that goal back a few minutes later when Carter Folk put home his 8th goal of the season to even things at 1-1. Before the end of the period, the Hurricanes would strike twice more to take a two goal lead into the dressing room. Two red hot players, Giorgio Estephan and Bryaden Burke would get in on the action. Estephan scored his 13th of the year at 17:14 and then with just 58 seconds to go in the period, Burke scored his 5th of the year to make it 3-1 Hurricanes through 20 minutes of play.
In the second, the Canes jumped ahead by three goals when Tyler Wong notched his 22nd goal of the season, making it 4-1 Lethbridge. The Tigers though came fighting back with a pair of goals to make for an interesting finish. Chad Labelle scored a power play goal at 9:18, cutting the lead to 4-2 and then a few minutes after that, Cole Sanford got the Tigers to within one goal. It was 4-3 Canes after two periods of play.
In the third, the Tigers tried to get back to even terms. A lengthy delay took place for nearly an hour midway through the period after a hole was discovered in the ice, prompting some fancy work by ENMAX Centre staff to fix the problem. Once the game resumed neither team was able to score and the Canes would hold on for a hard fought 4-3 win over their Highway 3 rivals. It's the Canes second win in a row. The victory improves their overall record to 14-30-3-3 on the season. The shots were close, but the Tigers held a slight 37-32 edge in that department. The Hurricanes went 0/3 with the power play and the Tigers 1/1.
The two clubs will play again Saturday (Feb. 7), this time in Medicine Hat. Game time is 7:30 pm MST. The Hurricanes will play their third game in three days Sunday (4pm) when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Brandon Wheat Kings.