The Lethbridge Hurricanes scored three times on the power play as they beat the visiting Red Deer Rebels 5-2 Tuesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
In fact the Canes, through five games this season, have the third-best power play in thee Western Hockey League, clicking at 31.2%. That 9 power play goals on 28 chances. It's also a complete reversal of where the Canes have been on the man advantage the past number of season. A very positive stat this early in the season.
The Hurricanes opened the scoring in this game thanks to the man with the hot hand. Captain Tyler Wong put Lethbridge up 1-0 with a power play goal at the 7:52. That was his first of two on the night and 6th this season. It was also the only goal of the period.
In the second, Lethbridge went up by two when Egor Babenko put home his 2nd of the season midway through the period to give the home team a 2-0 lead. Red Deer cut the lead in half a few minutes later when Brandon Hagel scored on a power play to make it a 2-1 game. Before the end of the period, the Hurricanes would get that goal back on yet another power play. Andrew Nielsen scored his first of the year with the extra man and the put Lethbridge ahead 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.
In the third, Nielsen scored again, also on the power play. That was his second of the season and put the Canes up 4-1. It stayed that way until this final few minutes when Adam Musil scored a power play goal for Red Deer, cutting the Lethbridge lead to 4-2, but Tyler Wong put this one away when he scored into an empty net, his second of the game and 7th of the season to seal the 5-2 win for the Hurricanes.
The victory improves the Hurricanes to 3-2 on the season. They also out shot Red Deer 40-29 on the night. Lethbridge went 3/6 on the power play and Red Deer 2/5. For Red Deer, it was their first loss of the WHL season.
The Hurricanes are playing very well right now. The power play is red hot and they have two players in the top 10 in the WHL scoring. Brayden Burke is tied for third overall with 10 points (2G 8A) and Tyler Wong has nine points (7G 2A). Those seven goals by the way after Tuesday night are the most scored in the WHL.
The Canes next action is Friday (Oct. 9) when they host Medicine Hat. Game time is 7:00 pm MDT at the ENMAX Centre.