Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes were looking to continue their winning ways on the same night they played host to a pair of Lethbridge hockey legends. Former Lethbridge Maple Leafs Tom Wood and Nap Milroy were on hand for a special ceremonial puck drop to start the night’s festivities as the Canes donned replica jerseys from the 1951 World Amateur Championship team. For more information on the 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs or to bid on these one of a kind collectors items be sure to log on to www.hurricanesauction.com – Auction ends Saturday January 29th
The Canes perhaps channeling some of the extra energy from the Maple Leafs on their chest’s got things started with a first period that saw them all over the Wheat Kings. It was rookie Michael Sofillas who got things started as he tipped home a shot from Reid Jackson to notch his 2nd of the season to give the Canes the early lead. Lethbridge would not let up as they continued to bombard the Brandon net. The man with the hot hand – Austin Fyten continued to pile up the points as he scored his 19th of the season off a rebound just short of the halfway mark of the period. For Fyten, the goal gives him 16 points (7G,9A) in 11 games in January. The Canes continued to pressure and were rewarded as Max Ross dug up a rebound of a nice play from rookie Russell Maxwell to tally his 12th of the year. Ross has now tripled his goal output from last season and continues to add secondary scoring to the Canes lineup. At final tally the Canes outshot the vistors 17 to seven in the first period of play but were unable to extend their lead any further.
But Brandon would come storming back in the second, with a pair of unexpected short handed goals to pull the score to 3-2 going into the third and final period. Lethbridge would manage to settle down in the third in large part to the play of Dylan Tait – who made several key stops down the stretch; none bigger then a game saver as Brandon forward Shayne Wiebe broke in for a third shorthanded breakaway, but was turned away by the 19-year old tendy. Lethbridge would finally respond on another power play as Russ Maxwell scooped another rebound and wired home his 6th of the season to give the Canes a 4-2 lead with under 8 minutes to play. Brandon would battle back for one to make it close but in the end the Canes would find a way to hold on for the well earned 4-3 win. Tait finished the night with 29 saves in the win while the Hurricanes Penalty Kill held Brandon to 0 for 3 with the man advantage while the power play was 1 for 5.
Quick turnaround for the Canes this week as they take on the Red Deer Rebels tomorrow (Wednesday) night in Red Deer before returning to the ENMAX Centre this weekend to play the frontend of a home and home series with the high flying Kootenay Ice. This week marks the Canes second week in a row with four games in five nights as they round out what has been a very busy January.
The Canes have played two of six meetings with the Rebels in the 10-11 season with the first resulting in a thrilling 5-4 shootout win for the Canes in Lethbridge on Nov.24th and the second a 5-0 loss in Red Deer on Dec.30/10. In the 09-10 season, the Canes posted a 1-5-0-0 record against the Rebs.
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Brandon Wheat Kings 3 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 – Status: Final
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 – Enmax Centre – Lethbridge, AB
Brandon 0 2 1 – 3
Lethbridge 3 0 1 – 4
1st Period-1, Lethbridge, Sofillas 2 (Jackson, Johnston), 1:51. 2, Lethbridge, Fyten 19 (Reddington), 9:50. 3, Lethbridge, Ross 12 (Maxwell, Reddington), 15:35. Penalties-Miller Bdn (unsportsmanlike cnd., roughing), 16:53; Machacek Let (unsportsmanlike cnd., roughing), 16:53.
2nd Period-4, Brandon, Wiebe 25 (MacKay), 3:52 (SH). 5, Brandon, Wiebe 26 18:31 (SH). Penalties-Gustafsson Bdn (interference), 2:34; Johnston Let (high sticking), 10:54; Swyripa Bdn (tripping), 13:13; Sutter Let (high sticking), 14:23.
3rd Period-6, Lethbridge, Maxwell 6 (Maxwell, Ryckman), 12:39 (PP). 7, Brandon, Glennie 21 (Liston), 17:04. Penalties-Fransoo Bdn (holding), 2:33; Toews Bdn (high sticking), 6:47; Wiebe Bdn (tripping), 12:31; Maxwell Let (hooking), 14:46.
Shots on Goal-Brandon 7-13-12-32. Lethbridge 17-10-13-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Brandon 0 / 3; Lethbridge 1 / 5.
Goalies-Brandon, Liston 12-13-0-1 (40 shots-36 saves). Lethbridge, Tait 5-7-0-1 (32 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Andy Thiessen (11).
Linesmen-Matthew Barker (118), Scott Sharun (103).