By Yoos, Cam on October 21, 2019.
Elton John – known as the Rocketman – once sang “Saturday night’s alright” and it was just that for the Lethbridge Hurricanes who won their fourth straight game with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Enmax Centre.
The game marked the 200th Western Hockey League game for former Hurricane forward Jadon Joseph who is in his overage season with the Warriors and he scored the first goal of the game just 3:03 in to make it 1-0 Moose Jaw.
Less than a minute later, Joseph turned the puck over in the defensive zone and the Hurricanes capitalized as Dylan Cozens scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season on a pass from D-Jay Jerome.
After back-to-back goals in less than two minutes by Moose Jaw, Lethbridge answered as Slovakian-born forward Oliver Okuliar scored his fifth goal of the campaign to make it a one-goal game.
The Hurricanes peppered Warriors’ netminder Bailey Brkin in the second period with 18 shots.
On a pair of breakaways, Lethbridge struck twice in a two-minute span as Dino Kambeitz and Noah Boyko each potted their third goals on the season to put the Canes ahead but a quick answer by Joseph tied the game 4-4.
After eight goals combined in the first two periods neither team scored in the third, setting up overtime, and 1:36 into the extra session Logan Barlage scored the winner on the only shot of the extra frame to lift the Hurricanes to a 5-4 victory.
“I liked our compete better tonight,” said Hurricanes assistant coach Jeff Hansen. “I thought our guys played better and we had a lot of chances.
“It was nice to see (Barlage) get rewarded. He’s one of the hardest working players we’ve ever coached and he works so hard that it was nice to see him get that one at the end.”
The Hurricanes outshot the Warriors 40-24 in the game, including 18-6 in the second period.
“Moose Jaw worked a lot harder than when we saw them on Tuesday, so it was a challenge,” added Hansen. “We battled hard to get pucks to the net and it would’ve been a shame if we didn’t get the two points.”
Lethbridge was 0-for-1 on the power play opportunity while Moose Jaw was 1-for-1.
The victory was the Canes fourth straight win and improved their overall record to 7-4-0-1 on the season. It was also the Hurricanes third consecutive victory on home-ice.
“We’re happy with this stretch of four wins,” said Hansen. “We’ve played a lot of hockey and I think the most important thing now is to get the battery recharged so we’re ready to go Tuesday in Red Deer.”
The Hurricanes visit the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday before returning to the Enmax Centre next weekend with games against the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday, both games at 7 p.m.