Penalty troubles sink Hurricanes in 4-3 overtime loss to Warriors

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
February 8, 2019 - 10:36pm

LETHBRIDGE – Another game at the ENMAX Centre, another fantastic performance by the visiting goaltender.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes fired 50 shots on net against Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender Adam Evanoff but couldn’t seal the deal ultimately losing 4-3 in overtime on Friday, Feb. 8.

Jake Elmer was upset about his team’s performance on Tuesday night against the Regina Pats and he started the scoring in this one at 5:20 of the 1st period giving the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead.

Not long after, defenceman Noah Jones was whistled for cross-checking and the Warriors would convert. Josh Brook beat Lethbridge goaltender Carl Tetachuk on the powerplay to even the score 1-1 just past the eight-minute mark.

Lethbridge would answer, quickly, just 31 seconds later Calen Addison beat Evanoff to make it 2-1 and restore the Hurricanes one-goal lead.

That was all the scoring in the opening frame, where the Hurricanes pounded the Warriors with 21 shots while Moose Jaw could only muster 8.

With Tristin Langan in the penalty box for slashing after a late penalty in the 1st period, the Hurricanes would strike just 19 seconds in the middle frame.

Off a feed from Elmer, Taylor Ross buried one past Evanoff to increase the Hurricanes lead to 3-1.

The Hurricanes would find themselves in penalty trouble later in the 2nd period.

First, it was an Alex Cotton slashing minor leading to the first of two Justin Almeida powerplay goals in the game.

That one came at 6:53, and less than 10 minutes later with Ty Prefontaine in the penalty box for tripping Almeida tied the game 3-3.

Despite the late goals evening the score, the Hurricanes again outshot the Warriors, this time 17-8.

Neither team would score in the 3rd period, despite a flurry of chances in the last five minutes of regulation by Lethbridge.

Early in overtime, despite being heavily outshot, the second goal of the game for Josh Brook past Tetachuk 35 seconds into overtime sealed it for Moose Jaw.

Final shots were 50-25 in favour of the Hurricanes, who finished 1-for-5 on the powerplay. Moose Jaw was a perfect 3-for-3 with the man-advantage.

Following the overtime loss, Lethbridge’s record sits at 27-15-5-5.

The Hurricanes will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 9, against the Western Hockey League-leading Prince Albert Raiders.

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