|North Bay Battalion|
|Owen Sound Attack|
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds|
|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Chicoutimi Sagueneens||Drummondville Voltigeurs|
|Gatineau Olympiques||Halifax Mooseheads|
|Moncton Wildcats||PEI Rocket|
|Quebec Remparts||Rimouski Oceanic|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Saint John Sea Dogs|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Sherbrooke Phoenix|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Victoriaville Tigres|
Lethbridge, AB – Fresh off their 3-2 win over the Prince George Cougars the 3-5-0-0 Lethbridge Hurricanes faced a struggling (2-7-0-0) Saskatoon Blades team that were on a five game losing streak after a 4-3 loss to the Kootenay Ice on Friday.
Both teams came out flying with some chances early on in the game. A sure Blades goal was taken away less than two minutes in when Albin Blomqvist made a great defensive play to help out netminder Ty Rimmer and swipe away the puck that was headed for the open net. A minute later was the best chance for the Hurricanes as Remi Laurencelle was all alone on the door step but just missed putting the puck behind Andrey Makarov. Saskatoon would open up the scoring at 7:26 when Brett Stovin scored his first of the year. Back to back penalties to the Blades would give Lethbridge a 5 on 3 powerplay for 1:37 but they weren’t able to convert on any of their quality scoring chances. The Canes would pull even moments later as Jamal Watson fed a nice pass to Jay Merkley (Remi Laurencell) who skated in and buried it behind Makarov. Less than 2 minutes later Saskatoon restored the lead on a goal from Josh Nicholls and 2-1 is how the first period would end with the Blades outshooting the Canes 18-11.
The Blades gave themselves a little breathing room in the second period when Matt Pufahl hammered a point shot on the power play and that beat a screened Ty Rimmer making it a 3-1 game. A few minutes later Brett Stovin picked the top corner for his 2nd of the night extending the lead to 4-1. The Canes would end up with a 5 minute PP after a Checking to the Head major to Dalton Thrower, but in the dying seconds of the period they were unable to score keeping it a 4-1 game with Saskatoon outshooting Lethbridge 29-18.
The Canes would have more than 3 minutes of PP time to start to the 3rd, but an early penalty would end any momentum from the man advantage. Saskatoon continued to protect the 3 goal cushion and then Brett Stovin buried his hat trick goal to make it 5-1. Lethbridge would get one more on Sam McKechnie’s 5th of the year with just over a minute to play but Saskatoon skates away with a 5-2 win ending their 5 game losing streak. The Canes powerplay finished 0/6 on the night while Saskatoon was 1/1. Tonight’s Dickies Hardest Working Hurricane: Jay Merkley. Tonight’s 3 Stars: 3) Jamal Watson 2) Josh Nicholls 1) Brett Stovin.
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The Hurricanes return to action on Wednesday, October 17th when the Brandon Wheat Kings come to town. Game time will be at 7:00pm and you can tune in to 94.1 CJOC starting at 6:30 to hear the pre-game show with Pat Siedlecki. Remember, at home or on the road you can follow your Lethbridge Hurricanes with news and team headlines on Twitter @WHLHurricanes, play by play analysis @CanesCast or by checking out our website at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com. Fans can also follow us on our Official Facebook Fan Page at facebook.com/WHLHurricanes or check out the game live on WHL Web TV - log on to whl.ca for details and pricing. Fan can also drop by Pop's Pub South to watch the WHL Webcast live as they present all 36 Hurricanes road games this season. (Photo Credit: CanesCast)