REGINA, SK – The Lethbridge Hurricanes started slowly on Saturday, Mar. 2, but thanks to a four-goal 2nd period they capped off their four-game road swing through Saskatchewan with a 4-1 win over the Regina Pats.
With the Hurricanes playing the second game of a back to back, it was the Pats starting off better in the 1st period but thanks to the continued steady play of goaltender Carl Tetachuk they couldn’t get on the board.
There was no scoring in the opening frame thanks in part to Tetachuk, while Regina held the edge in shots in the 1st period 13-9.
It was a different story to start the 2nd period when the Hurricanes continued their streak of quick strike offence. First, it was Nick Henry scoring against his old club when he beat Pats goaltender Max Paddock to the glove side at 3:30.
Not a full minute later, Jordy Bellerive took a great pass from Henry and beat Paddock to the opposite side to give the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead.
At 12:51, Dylan Cozens would add to the Hurricanes lead off a great pass by Taylor Ross in the slot making no mistake putting it past Paddock to make it 3-0.
With Nolan Jones off for delay of game after putting the puck in the stands, the Pats finally broke through Tetachuk. Pats forward Austin Pratt deflected a point shot home at 14:23 to cut the Hurricanes lead to 3-1.
Less than a minute later, the Hurricanes would answer when who else – Jake Elmer – restored his team’s three-goal lead when he buried a rebound into a wide open net and ran his personal goal-scoring streak to 12 straight games.
That’s where things would stand after 40 minutes.
Lethbridge sure got the message in the middle frame, putting 21 shots on Paddock and the Pats, though they did allow 16 shots against.
Early in the 3rd period, Tetachuk made a big stop on a partial breakaway by Pats forward Brett Clayton to keep it 4-1.
Regina would have their chances in the 3rd to get back into the game, including a pair of powerplay chances in both half’s of the period, but couldn’t solve Tetachuk.
Final shots in the game were 39-38 in favour of Regina, while the Pats finished 1-for-5 with the man advantage and the Hurricanes went 0-for-3.
Tetachuk made 38 saves for the 20th win of his rookie season and improved his numbers in the process. The Lethbridge native now boasts a 2.93 goals against average to go along with a .908 save percentage.
The Hurricanes record improves to 35-18-5-5, and Lethbridge is now tied for first place in the Central Division with the Edmonton Oil Kings at 80 points.
Lethbridge will be back in action when they return home on Wednesday, Mar. 6 to battle the Brandon Wheat Kings.
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