By Woodard, Dale on January 19, 2019.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes will try to get back on the winning track tonight on the back half of a home-and-home series.
The Canes were downed 3-1 by the Red Deer Rebels in Western Hockey League play Friday night at the Enmax Centre.
The loss is the Hurricanes second in a row following a 4-1 defeat to the Oil Kings Sunday in Edmonton and drops Lethbridge to 23-13-4-4 and into third in the Central Division.
That puts the Canes one point behind the Rebels (26-13-2-1) and two back of the first-place Oil Kings (24-14-4-4) as the Hurricanes head to Red Deer tonight looking for a weekend split.
On Friday, it looked like the teams were going to skate into the first intermission in a scoreless tie, the Rebels changed that when Jeff de wit scored with 32 seconds left in the opening period for a 1-0 lead.
The Hurricanes drew even with 6:42 left in the second on captain Jordy Bellerive’s 23rd of the season in this 250th career game, but the Rebels added another late-period goal on the power play from Chris Murray at 17:29 of the second period.
Lethbridge poured 13 shots at Rebels goaltender Ethan Anders in the third period, but were unable to find a way past the Red Deer goaltender before Cameron Hausinger iced the game for the visitors with an empty-netter with 27 seconds to go.
The Hurricanes outshot the Rebels 36-24 as Liam Hughes stopped 21 of 23 shots.
The Rebels power play went 1-for-6, while the Hurricanes were 0-for-4 on the man advantage.
Friday’s game is the Hurricanes last home game until Feb. 1.
After tonight’s game in Red Deer, the Canes head to the States next weekend, beginning Friday in Seattle before a stop in Everett Saturday and Portland Sunday.
The Hurricanes are back at the Enmax Centre Feb. 1 when the Rebels return.
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