LETHBRIDGE - The Lethbridge Hurricanes were blanked 4-0 by the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night in the back half of their season opening home and home series.
The Tigers came out guns blazing, outshooting the Hurricanes 14-4, but couldn’t get anything by Stuart Skinner after one period.
Despite the lopsided numbers on the shot clock the opening period was an even twenty minutes.
Early in the second period, Hurricanes forward Jadon Joseph snapped one off the cross-bar, but couldn’t get it to go.
Not long after Medicine Hat went the other way on an odd-man rush which led to the opening goal of the game at 1:20 of the second, thanks to Ryan Chyzowski firing a loose puck past Skinner to make it 1-0 Medicine Hat.
Josh Williams scored his first goal of the regular season not long after to make it 2-0, and then Mark Rassell put the Tigers ahead 3-0 with a power play goal after two periods.
The third period was ultimately uneventful until Lethbridge pulled Skinner for an extra attacked late in the period, and Max Gerlach stole a puck and buried into the empty net to make the final 4-0 for the Tigers over the Hurricanes.
The first road game of the season was much different than the first home game for the Hurricanes, as they were outshot 44-22, and went 0/2 on the power play.
Goaltender Stuart Skinner got the second straight start on Saturday night, and made 40 saves in the loss.
The Hurricanes are next in action this Friday when they travel to Edmonton to take on the Oil Kings.
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