By Woodard, Dale on January 21, 2019.
It had been a while since Jackson Shepard scored a goal.
The first-year forward for the Lethbridge Hurricanes picked an ideal time to snipe one as the Canes edged the Red Deer Rebels 2-1 in Western Hockey League play Saturday night in Red Deer.
The 18-year-old forward from West Vancouver scored his third goal of the year and first since Dec. 7 9:52 into the third for what stood up as the game-winner as the Hurricanes snapped a two-game skid to improve to 24-13-4-4.
That keeps the Canes in third place in the Central Division, one point behind the Rebels – who beat the Calgary Hitmen 4-1 Sunday afternoon in Calgary – and two back on the division-leading Edmonton Oil Kings (25-14-4-4).
Not to get lost in the numbers game, Hurricanes goaltender Carl Tetachuk put up some good ones as well in Saturday’s win, turning aside 35 of 36 shots to record his 10th win of the season.
The Rebels were first on the board Saturday night when Jeff de Wit scored his 24th of the season and second in as many games after the Rebels downed the Hurricanes 3-1 Friday night at the Enmax Centre.
But that was the only shot that eluded Tetachuk as Lethbridge’s Jake Leschyshyn scored his 26th of the season 12:23 into the second before Shepard provided the game-winner midway through the third.
Red Deer outshot Lethbridge 36-31. The Rebels were 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Hurricanes were 0-for-3.
The Hurricanes gear up for their U.S. jaunt this weekend, starting Friday in Seattle. The team stops in Everett Saturday night and completes the run Sunday in Portland.
The Canes are back home for a pair Feb. 1 and 2 against the Rebels and the Swift Current Broncos, respectively.
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