LETHBRIDGE -- The Hurricanes upped their record to 20-10-4-4 on the season on Friday (Jan 4) night at the Enmax, in a 4-3 defeat of the visiting Vancouver Giants.
The first period provided some good chances for the Giants but, the only real action came from alternating minor penalties for both teams. The first 20-minutes ended with no score, in spite of Vancouver leading shots-on-goal 10-7.
The teams returned to the ice ready to play after intermission. In the first minute, Jake Elmer charted his 17th of the season, with the assist from Dylan Cozens and Taylor Ross.
Just three minutes later, while Jake Leschyshyn got tangled in action behind the net, Nick Henry pushed the puck in front of Jordy Bellerive who tucked into between he pipes and the Canes were up 2-0.
It was another ten minutes before the puck got near a net – unfortunately, it was he Canes’ net. The Giants’ Owen Hardy took advantage of a power play to put his team on the scoreboard at 14:24. The visitors kept the momentum going with Justin Sourdif planting a second goal in the home net 30 seconds later and the game was tied 2-2 after 40.
The final frame got underway with opportunities for the home team. At 3:31, Taylor Ross was in front of the Giants’ net when he took a pass from Jake Elmer, taking the score to 3-2. Five minutes later, the team-mates reverse positions, with Jake Elmer potting the goal on a Taylor Ross assist, making it a 4-2 game.
With four minutes remaining, the Giants’ Bowen Byram shortens the Canes lead with a power play goal but the game winds down with the Canes’ winning 4-3.
The Canes have 48 points and are now just one point behind Edmonton, who lead the Central Division. Sunday afternoon, Lethbridge is in Edmonton to play the Oil Kings.
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