The WHL's Christmas break didn't stop the red hot Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Ryley Lindgren scored 2:23 into overtime as the Canes beat the Tigers 5-4 in overtime Sunday in Medicine Hat.
The Canes got off to a good start in this game, jumping ahead by a pair in the first period. Giorgio Estephan scored his first of two on the night to open the scoring. It was his 15th of the season on a power play to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead. With less than three minutes to go in the period, the Ryley Lindgren scored his first of two in the game to give the Canes a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes of play. It was also his 17th of the season.
In the second the Tigers cut the lead in half on a power play when Max Gerlach scored to make it a 2-1 game in favour of the visitors. The Hurricanes did get that one back in short order less than a minute later. Justin Gutierrez with his 18th of the season giving the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead. Medicine Hat though would come charging back to tie the game with a couple of goals. Cole Sanford beat Jayden Sittler on a power play to cut the lead to 3-2 and then about seven minutes later Mark Rassell scored to get the game back to even terms, 3-3. Before the period ended, the Hurricanes again regained the lead, this time off the stick of Giorgio Estephan, his second of the night and 16th of the season to give Lethbridge a 4-3 lead through two periods of play.
It was a much calmer third period with just one goal, but a big one for the Tigers. Matt Bradley tied the game with just over five minutes to go in regulation time. That goal would send the contest into overtime. In the extra period, the Hurricanes would come out on top when Ryley Lindgren scored his second of the night and 18th of the season to give Lethbridge a big 5-4 victory on the road. The Hurricanes have won 6 of their last 7 road games.
The win keeps the Hurricanes on top of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 25-11. They out shot the Tigers 38-31. The Canes went 1/1 on the power play and the Tigers were 2/3.
The Hurricanes a\re now back home for the first time in nearly three weeks. The Canes and Tigers will play again Tuesday (Dec. 29), this time at the ENMAX Centre.