Monday, 28 December 2015

Hurricanes Beat Tigers 5-4 in OT

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.



  1. Kowalski and Zalaski made this game close, and pretty much awarded the underserving Tigers a single point.

    I don't know if the Tiger's owners pay the weak-minded dipships extra to suck extra hard in that city, but to overlook all but one instance of the Tigers cheating is despicable. Maybe the stripes are scared shipless of deliverance in every third seat in that arena?

    If the manure-for-brains choose to ignore the three obvious third period hooks by the skilless and slow as molasses Tiger defenders that prevented three Canes breakaway scoring chances, THEN they should be similarly obligated to NOT call the (just as obvious) puck over the glass, Delay of Game by the Canes. Sure great that we have two officials, except when they are both Frolicking waste-of-skin.

    A-holes Kowalski & Zalaski - If you decide you are going to ignore the rules in the third because it suits the needs of your pea-sized frolicking brains, then why be selective? You may as well ignore ALL of the rules & penalties. Why not do us all a favor and just clock out after forty and head for the chips and dip! We sure don't need you on the ice for any other purpose. What an embarrassment to the game.

    I can guaran-frolicking-tee that the same two dipship puke refs would have called more than one penalty against the home team if the home team was committing the same infractions in any other arena.

    Tye Radeovre

    1. Your a moron. It was a great game

  2. Great win. What a hook, non call late in the third while on the PK. Brutal non call. But a win is a win now we need 7 to 0 win again. Go Canes Go!!!!

  3. It's a training league all officials are training (after 5-6 years) we always play against 7 Canes are doing a great job of playing hockey and not caring about the officials lack of smarts

  4. Is it the Whinedy city now. Take your rose colored glasses off. The call that put the Canes on the power play that led to the first goal was as bad as it gets unless the Tiger player has a knee growing out of his hip.

  5. The wife and I made the trek to Medicine Hat for this game and you are correct Longtimefan when you say that kneeing call was a bad one. It really was a ridiculous penalty and we knew that the even-up call would be coming against us sooner or later. Therefore missing one hooking call seemed justified and to be honest I would even let you have two missed calls to make things right. There were three though and that was pushing it a bit. I didn't see it as the officials appearing to play favorites but instead they just made themselves look incompetant and only served to embarrass themselves. There will always be bad calls and missed calls in hockey. As long as at the end of the game no team has benefitted more than the other to the point it has affected the outcome of the game we have to learn to live with it. Nothing is going to change.