Leschyshyn’s hot hand leads Hurricanes to 4-3 win over Red Deer

By Justin Goulet (@JustinGoulet21)
March 15, 2019 - 9:38pm

RED DEER, AB – A crowd of over 4000 packed the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer for some Friday night WHL action.

The playoff-bound Lethbridge Hurricanes brought the fire and continued their winning ways, boosting their win streak to seven games.

The scoring started off at the 6:01 mark with a Hurricanes goal from Dylan Cozens, his 34th of the season.

Less than a minute later, at the 6:31 mark, Jake Leschyshyn knocked in his 38th of the season, off an assist from Jordy Bellerive and Calen Addison on the power play.

Red Deer wouldn’t go scoreless in the first period, though. At the 9:13 mark, Reese Johnson scored his 25th goal of the year. After one, the Hurricanes held the 2-1 lead.

Johnson felt the power of the hometown crowd and scored his second goal of the game at the 5:18 mark of the second period.

The game would go goal-less for a stretch, until Leschyshyn scored his second goal of the matchup to put the Hurricanes up 3-2 at the 12:58 mark of the second.

Before the buzzer sounded to wrap up the period, Johnson kept his hot streak going for the Rebels, scoring his third of the game at the 13:41 mark.

The fast-paced matchup was all tied up after two.

Not to be outdone by an opponent, Jake Leschyshyn followed Johnson’s lead and scored his third goal of the game, off assists from Jordy Bellerive and Nick Henry.

That beauty of a goal secured the win for the visiting Hurricanes.

It came as no surprise when Reese Johnson was named the first star of the game and Jake Leschyshyn was named the game’s second star.

Although the final score might not have been what the host Red Deer Rebels wanted, it certainly was the way Lethbridge fans wanted to start their weekend.

The Hurricanes wrap up the regular season and will look to notch their eighth straight win Saturday night, March 16 in Medicine Hat against the Tigers.

Hurricanes end the season with a 3-2 win over the Tigers

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