Saturday, 21 November 2015

Cougars 4 & Hurricanes 2

The Lethbridge Hurricanes had a one goal lead in the third period slip away as they lost 4-2 to the visiting Prince George Cougars Friday night at the ENMAX Centre.

A loss for the Hurricanes on home ice this season has been a rarity. The defeat to the PG was only the second loss in ten games this season at home.

The Cougars got the offence going first in this game. Less than two minutes into the contest, Colby McAuley beat Jayden Sittler to make it 1-0 for the visitors. That lone goal held up through the opening 20 minutes of play.

In the second, the Hurricanes started to find their groove. Brett Davis scored his first-ever WHL goal 6:10 into the period to even the game at 1-1. Then before the end of the period, the Hurricanes power play got to work as Justin Gutierrez scored his 5th of the season to give the home team the lead 2-1 after two periods of play.

It stayed that way until the midway point of thee third period, when things kind of fell apart for the Hurricanes. Tate Olson scored to tie the game at 2-2 at the 8:12 mark. Then Chase Witala gave Prince George the lead again just over four minutes later. That would end up being the game winner in this one. Sam Ruopp iced it with an empty-netter with just 10 seconds to go as the Cougars came from behind to win 4-2.

The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 13-90 on the season. They have one win in their last five games. The Canes out shot the Cougars 34-24. The Hurricanes went 1/4 on the power play and PG 0/2.

The Hurricanes will look to rebound Saturday (Nov. 21) when they host Saskatoon. The Blades are close to a .500 team this season with 9 wins in 20 games. Game time from the ENMAX Centre is 7:00 pm MST.


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