MOOSE JAW, SK – As the Western Hockey League season grinds on, Lethbridge Hurricanes rookie goaltender Carl Tetachuk just continues to get better and better.
It was apparent on Friday, Mar. 1 when he stopped all 35 shots faced to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-0 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Early in the game, it was the Warriors coming out firing, but Tetachuk set the tone for his team in stonewalling the home team.
His teammates would back him up just before the seven-minute mark of the 1st period, specifically, Jake Elmer who extended his current goal-scoring streak to 11 games when he opened the scoring while shorthanded to give Lethbridge a 1-0 lead.
When he opened the scoring, Elmer became the eighth WHL player since 1996-97 to record a goal-scoring streak of 11 games or more.
That was all the offense in the opening frame, with Moose Jaw holding the edge in shots at 13-9.
A number of those shots against the Hurricanes came while shorthanded as Lethbridge was called for three minor penalties in the 1st.
In the opening moments of the 2nd period, it would be the Hurricanes striking again.
Just 43 seconds into the period Jake Leschyshyn scored his 35th goal of the season off a pass from Elmer to give his team a 2-0 lead.
Again the Warriors would get a number of shots and scoring chances to go with them, but Tetachuk couldn’t be beaten.
With under five minutes to play in the middle frame, Lethbridge would add to their lead when Jackson Shepard beat Warriors goaltender Brodan Salmond to make it 3-0 for the Hurricanes.
The buzzer would sound after 40 minutes with the Hurricanes still up 3-0, and still getting outshot, as Moose Jaw held the advantage to the tune of 14-9 in the 2nd.
Salmond’s night was over after the 2nd period, and he was replaced by Adam Evanoff.
The Hurricanes trend of getting the jump on the Warriors early in periods on Friday night continued in the 3rd when before the clock had even hit three minutes, Nick Henry gave Lethbridge a 4-0 lead.
Rounding out the scoring was Dylan Cozens, who effectively ended the game less than two minutes later when he made it 5-0 Hurricanes at 4:04.
The Hurricanes had to kill a late penalty, but with Tetachuk in full control, Lethbridge was able to close things out.
Final shots were 35-30 in favour of Moose Jaw. The Hurricanes finished 0-for-3 on the powerplay, while the Warriors finished 0-for-4.
With the win, the Hurricanes record improves to 34-18-5-5 for 78 points. Lethbridge is now tied with Edmonton in points atop the Central Division, but due to games in hand Edmonton still holds down the top spot.
The Hurricanes will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Regina to take on the Pats in the Sportsnet Saturday Showcase game at 1:30 p.m. mountain time.
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