PRINCE ALBERT, SK – A night after dropping the opening game of their current four-game road trip, the Lethbridge Hurricanes responded by defeating the Western Hockey League-leading Prince Albert Raiders 5-4 in overtime on Wednesday, Feb. 27, thanks to Jake Elmer.
Elmer extended his current goal-scoring streak to 10 games late in the 3rd period to even the game 4-4 before tallying the winner just 20 seconds into the extra frame.
For a second straight night, the Hurricanes got to work on time, as they struck twice in 13 seconds in the middle of the 1st period to take a 2-0 lead. First Dylan Cozens, followed by Logan Barlage.
Ty Prefontaine would take an interference penalty a few minutes later, and the Raiders would answer on the powerplay courtesy of Cole Fonstad who made it 2-1 at 15:03.
That’s where things would sit after 20 minutes, with Prince Alberta leading 12-8 on the shot clock.
Early in the 2nd period, the Hurricanes would find themselves in penalty trouble again.
This time with Taylor Ross in the box for roughing the Raiders would go to work. Justin Nachbaur slid one past Hurricanes goaltender Carl Tetachuk to even the score 2-2 at 3:37.
Lethbridge had an answer just over a minute late, when Cozens buried his second goal of the game past Raiders starter Ian Scott to give the Hurricanes back the lead at 3-2.
Unfortunately for the visitors they couldn’t get to the second intermission with the lead, Spencer Moe tied the game 3-3 near the 12-minute mark of the 2nd and that was the last of the offence in the middle frame.
Prince Albert again held the edge in shots in the period, this time 10-7.
In the 3rd period, both teams would press but Scott and Tetachuk came up large for their teams.
That is until just past the midway point of the period when Kaiden Guhle beat Tetachuk for just his 3rd goal of the season giving his team a 4-3 lead.
At 17:43 the Hurricanes tied things up thanks to Elmer’s aforementioned tying goal, before his 34th goal of the season ended the game in overtime
Lethbridge made a dent in the 3rd period, but Prince Albert did outshoot the Hurricanes 29-28 overall in the game.
The Hurricanes couldn’t convert any of their five powerplays, while Prince Alberta finished 2-for-5 with the man advantage.
Thanks to the victory, Lethbridge now boasts a record of 33-18-5-5 and with the same number of games played on the season, now trail the Edmonton Oil Kings by just two points for first place in the Central Division.
Lethbridge will next be in action on Friday, Mar. 1 when they head to Moose Jaw to take on the Warriors.
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