LETHBRIDGE - With just a few seconds remaining in 3-on-3 overtime at the Enmax Centre, Chase Wouters of the Saskatoon Blades beat Lethbridge Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner to secure a 2-1 victory for the Blades.
Skinner, and Blades goalie Ryan Kubic were the stars of the hockey game and the reasons why the game went to overtime.
Skinner made 34 saves in the loss, while Kubic had 35 saves in the win.
It was a close checking, defensive slugfest for most of the night. At 6:55 of the 1st period, Josh Tarzwell finished off a great net drive by Jake Elmer to put the Hurricanes up 1-0. That score would hold after the 1st period.
The 2nd period was scoreless, but did see a fight between Elmer and Blades defenceman Jake Kustra which got home town crowd fired up.
Unlike last week's Wednesday night contest against Regina where Josh Tarzwell's fight spurred his team to take over, both teams remained fairly even until late in the 3rd period.
Defenceman Mark Rubinchik would spoil Skinner's shutout bid at 8:32 of the 3rd to even the game 1-1, and that would be how things finished up after 60 minutes of play before Wouters ended the game in OT.
The Hurricanes have one game remaining in their seven-game home stand in which they've gone 3-2-1 to this point.
They'll play the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night (Nov. 3) at the Enmax Centre, and then head to Calgary on Saturday (Nov. 4) for the back end of the home and home series.
After that it's one more home game on Nov. 10 against the Spokane Chiefs before a six-game road swing that begins with a game against the Swift Current Broncos on Nov. 11, and ends in Kootenay against the Ice on Nov. 25.
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