By Woodard, Dale on November 11, 2019.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes 12-game point streak has come to and end.
They threw everything and the kitchen sink at the Tri-City Americans to bump it to 13, but Americans goaltender Talyn Boyko had other plans as Tri-City held on for a 3-2 win in Western Hockey League play Saturday night at the Enmax Centre.
The Hurricanes pumped 49 shots at Boyko and sent a few of those off the iron.
But when it looked like the Canes were going to be rewarded when D-Jay Jerome and Alex Cotton scored early in the third period to erase a 2-0 Americans league, Tri-City leading scorer Sasha Mutala put those comeback hopes on ice with the eventual game-winner nine minutes into the third.
The loss ends the Hurricanes points clip and puts them at 13-5-0-3, giving them their first regulation loss since a 2-1 setback to the Saskatoon Blades Oct. 12 in Saskatoon.
“There’s not really much to say,” said Cotton, whose goal was his sixth of the season and tied the game at 2-2 4:54 into the third. “We ran into a hot goalie, that’s basically it. We did everything we possibly could to score and he stood on his head. So a credit to him.”
The Americans opened the scoring 4:19 in on a goal from Kyle Olson.
Tri-City went up 2-0 46 seconds into the second on the power play when Edge Lambert was able to bat a rebound past Hurricanes goaltender Bryan Thomson, ending Thomson’s night as Carl Tetachuk came in.
The Canes kept the pressure up later in the second and thought they had their first goal of the night on the power play, but Justin Hall’s goal was waved off after a review.
The next one counted and it only took 17 seconds into the third when Jerome turned on a loose puck to the right of the Americans net and hammered a shot past Boyko to cut the lead to one.
In a near replay of Friday’s night’s game-tying goal against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Hurricanes defenceman Calen Addison fed Cotton, who sent a shot through traffic and past Boyko to tie it.
But Mutala netted the go-ahead goal a little under six minutes later, getting a shot past Tetachuk off the right win for a 3-2 lead.
The Hurricanes pushed with a flurry of late chances including another shot from Cotton that hit the post and stayed out.
“I thought we battled hard,” said Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio. “I thought we had opportunities and our chances. We’ve got a find a way to get a little greasier and put some of those home.”
The Hurricanes outshot the Americans 49-16.
“It’s frustrating, especially when you hit three or four posts,” said Cotton. “It’s tough and it’s definitely frustrating. But we just come into the room and say ‘Keep going and keep plugging away and soon enough we’ll put the puck in the net.’ and 17 seconds in we scored.”
The Hurricanes were 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Americans converted on their one chance.
“We have to be better,” said Kisio. “We had a lot of power plays and we have to find a way to score some more goals on them.”
The Canes hit the road to Victoria Friday and are in Vancouver Sunday.
After a trip to Swift Current Nov. 20 the Hurricanes are back at the Enmax Centre Nov. 22 when the Prince Albert Raiders come to town.
‘We thought we played fairly hard,” said Kisio. “We probably deserved a better fate, but we’ve been on a good roll here and it’s just time to reset and get back to work.”
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