LETHBRIDGE - The 22nd Annual Teddy Bear and Toque Toss game was good luck for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, as the home squad bounced back from a 5-1 loss on Friday night to defeat the Victoria Royals 4-1.
The Hurricanes opened the game strong in the first period despite being shorthanded three, but that’s exactly where Jake Elmer would open the scoring just 6:13 into the period which sent the bears and toques flying.
Lethbridge would keep up the heat in the second, outshooting the Royals 24-10 and adding two more goals.
Elmer again, just 1:29 into the period followed up by defenceman Ty Prefontaine’s first goal of the season at 14:21.
The Royals broke Stuart Skinner’s shutout bid 2:49 into the third period, making things interesting at 3-1. Ultimately the Hurricanes locked things down, and Prefontaine was able steal the puck away from a Royal player late in the frame and find the empty net for his second goal of the night to make it a 4-1 final.
The Hurricanes outshot the Royals 44-31 overall in the game, and both teams went scoreless on the PP.
Lethbridge has now won five of six games, and the win improved the Hurricanes record to 12-13-1-0 on the season.
Next up for the ‘Canes is the final game of their three-in-three weekend today (Dec. 3) at 4 p.m. when they travel to Edmonton to take on the Oil Kings.
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