By Lethbridge Herald on February 14, 2018.
A late push wasn’t enough for the Lethbridge Hurricanes as they were doubled 6-3 by the Tri-City Americans in Western Hockey League action Tuesday night at the Enmax Centre.
In a game with plenty of momentum swings, the teams traded goals through the first two periods and early in the third before the Americans struck for a quick pair in a span of 2:04 for a 5-3 lead before adding an empty-netter to ice the win.
Lethbridge pushed in the final eight minutes of the third with a few close-in chances and a hit post by captain Jordy Bellerive, but couldn’t get any closer as the Canes dropped to 26-24-6-0.
“It was a back-and-forth game,” said Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio. “Tri-City is a good team. They played hard and did a lot of good things. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t do enough good things and gave up some goals that we shouldn’t have allowed.”
Riley Sawchuk opened the scoring for the Americans 13:54 into the first, but the Canes pulled even on the power play with 3:43 left in the first as Brad Morrison capped off a wild scramble in front of the net with his 21st of the season.
Parker Aucoin put Tri-City back in front 3:41 into the second on the power play, but Taylor Ross’ fifth of the season tied it again a little under three minutes later.
Juuso Valimaki put the Americans back up with the visitors’ second man-advantage goal of the game for a 3-2 lead after two periods.
Lethbridge pulled even one last time when Logan Barlage scored 1:18 into the third, but the deadlock didn’t last long as Aucoin scored his second of the game 21 seconds later for the game-winner.
Michael Rasmussen added the Americans insurance goal and Sawchuk scored his second of the night into an empty-net.
Prior to the empty netter, the Hurricanes had a flurry of chances they couldn’t finish.
“The push late was what we would have liked to see at the start,” said Kisio. “I thought we looked a little bit tired tonight and we couldn’t find our legs until the last eight minutes of the game.”
In his second game back after being sidelined with a shoulder injury, Canes rookie Dylan Cozens had a pair of assists in the loss.
“Obviously nobody likes watching from the press box,” said Cozens, who has 41 points in 42 games this season. “So to be back in and playing again is really fun. I just enjoy being back with the guys and the excitement of the game. I hated being out.”
The Hurricanes are back at the Enmax Centre Friday at 7 p.m when the Saskatoon Blades visit.
Tuesday night’s announced attendance was 3,603.
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