LETHBRIDGE - Two goals in teh first and two more in the second helped the Red Deer Rebels get by the Hurricanes 5-0 at the ENMAX Centre Saturday night.
Another decent start for the Hurricanes in the first few minutes, but this time the visitors would score first. Matt Dumba ripped home a slap shot on the power play to put Red Deer ahead 1-0. The Rebels came close to getting a few more, but they hit three goal posts in the period. They did manage to get one more before the end of the period. In the final minute, a race for the puck in the Hurricanes zone and Turner Elson got to it first and chipped it by Liam Liston to give Red Deer a 2-0 lead after one period of play. The Rebels heavily out shot the Canes 14-5.
In the second, the Rebels would a few more. Coaldale native Adam Kambeitz tapped home the puck by Liston to put Red Deer ahead 3-0 and then less than two minutes later the visitors would make it 4-0. Colton Mayor got behind the Lethbridge defence and put a nice move on Liston to give the Rebels a commanding four goal lead. Red Deer continued to pound pucks on the Lethbridge goal, but that's the way the period would end. The Rebels out shot Lethbridge 18-14 in that period and held the edge 32-19 through 40 minutes of play.
In the third, the Rebels would make it 5-0. Matt Dumba scored a nearly identical goal on the power play that he scored back in the first. He hammered a slapper by Liston for his second of night to give the Rebels a big lead and that after it was all said and done, that would be the way this game would end. Red Deer out shot Lethbridge in this one, 42-29. The Rebels went 2/5 on the power play and the Hurricanes finished the night 0/4. The Hurricanes went winless in the month of October and have now dropped 13 straight games. The sit with a record of 2-13-0-1 as the season nears the quarter-way point. Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore pulled no punches on the CJOC post-game show. He said, "No sugar-coating this tonight, they gave us an old-fashioned butt-kicking. I wish I had some answers. We (as coaches) take full responsibilty for the way this team plays in the good times and the bad".
The Hurricanes got two players back Saturday from illness, but lost another to the flu. Macoy Erkamps and Tyler Kizuik were back on the blueline. Head Coach and G.M. Rich Preston said both players lost about six pounds with the stomach bug the had this week. Jamal Watson though went down with the flu prior to the game and sat the game out. The Hurricanes played with 11 forwards. The Canes went a little retro Saturday as well, wearing a version of their original jerseys from their first season 25 years ago.
The Hurricanes will close out this 7 game home stand on Wednesday (Nov. 2) when they play host to the Everett Silvertips. The Tips have been struggling this season too and are near the bottom of the Western Conference with just four wins in 16 games. After Wednesday, the Hurricanes will hit the road next weekend for a pair of games in Saskatchewan. Next Friday (Nov. 4) they're in Prince Albert to take on the Raiders and Saturday (Nov 5) they stop in Saskatoon. The puck drop for all three of those games next week is 7:00 pm (MDT). In November, the Hurricanes play 13 games: 7 at home and 6 on the road.
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