KENT, WASHINGTON – The Lethbridge Hurricanes got hot at the right time, scoring two goals 51 seconds apart early in the 3rd period on Friday, Jan. 25, to get past the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3.
Seattle got the jump on Lethbridge early in the first, and it resulted in a goal at 7:01 when Noah Philip beat Hurricanes goaltender Carl Tetachuk to make it 1-0.
The 1 st period was controlled by the Hurricanes throughout despite the early deficit.
Former Hurricane Keltie Jeri-Leon took a delay of game penalty with less than two minutes to play in the 1st, and on the powerplay, the Hurricanes would make the Thunderbirds pay. Dylan Cozens buried his 26th goal of the season off of a great pass by Jake Elmer to even the score at 1-1 heading into the first intermission.
Shots were 13-9 Lethbridge in the opening frame.
The 2nd started with the Hurricanes aggressive again, outshooting the Thunderbirds early but at 7:37 Ty Prefontaine would get the gate for hooking. On the powerplay, Seattle would connect as Jarret Tyszka put one past Tetachuk to retake the lead, 2-1.
The lead wouldn’t last long thanks to one of the newer faces in the Hurricanes lineup, Scott Mahovlich, who evened the game 2-2 off a feed from Jackson Shepard just past the 14-minute mark.
Less than two minutes later Seattle would grab the lead again, this time thanks to Nolan Volcan who made it 3-2, and that’s how things stood after 40 minutes of play.
Early in the 3rd period, the Hurricanes went to work, Dylan Cozens scored his 27th at 4:08 to even the score and then at 4:59 Jake Leschyshyn would put his 27th of the year past Thunderbirds netminder Roddy Ross to give Lethbridge the lead for good.
Of note in this one is that 2018 8th overall pick in the WHL draft and Lethbridge native Zach Stringer made his debut in this one, finishing with two shots on goal.
Final shots finished at 39-29 overall in favour of the Hurricanes. The visitors finished 1-for-4 on the man advantage while the Thunderbirds went 1-for-2.
The win improves the Hurricanes’ record to 25-13-4-4, and additionally, the win has Lethbridge tied with both the Red Deer Rebels and Edmonton Oil Kings with 58 points.
The Hurricanes road trip continues on Saturday night with a game against the Everett Silvertips.
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