By Yoos, Cam on November 28, 2019.
As the snow fell relentlessly outside the Enmax Centre, it seemed only a matter of time before the Lethbridge Hurricanes piled it on.
That didn’t quite happen, but it didn’t put the freeze on a pair of points as the Hurricanes defeated the Regina Pats 4-1 in Western Hockey League play Wednesday night.
Dino Kambeitz shovelled home his eighth and ninth goals of the season and Dylan Cozens and Oliver Okuliar – into an empty net – rounded out the scoring as the Canes outshot the Pats 42-26, eventually finding a way past Pats’ goaltender Max Paddock in the second period.
Canes goaltender Carl Tetachuk was 4:06 away from his third shutout of the season before Regina’s Zack Smith scored on a two-man advantage, but still put up 25 saves for his 10th win of the season.
Cozens added two assists for a three-point night.
With the win, the Hurricanes improve to 17-7-0-3, one point ahead of the Edmonton Oil Kings – who were playing in Kamloops against the Blazers Wednesday night – for first in the Central Division.
The teams skated through a scoreless first as the Hurricanes outshot the Pats 21-4.
Cozens was denied by Paddock after a nice point feed from Calen Addison a little over five minutes in to keep the game scoreless.
The teams exchanged chances early in the second period as Hurricanes forward D-Jay Jerome rang a shot off the post and back the other way Regina’s Ty Kolle was unable to finish off an odd-man rush as Tetachuk turned aside the in-close chance.
The Hurricanes finally found a way past Paddock 10:11 into the second when Kambeitz took a feed from Cozens and snapped a shot home for his eighth of the season. The Canes took that lead into the second intermission, outshooting the Pats 32-17.
Kambeitz struck for his second of the game 4:34 into the third, banking a sharp angle shot off Paddock and in for a 2-0 lead.
Regina was handed a two-man advantage with a little under five minutes to go when Logan Barlage was called for high sticking and Addison was whistled down for delay of game.
Smith broke the goose-egg with a little over four minutes to go, but Cozens replied with his 18th of the season a little over a minute later. Okuliar added the empty-netter – also his 18th – that sent the announced crowd of 2,853 to the exits to go dig out their vehicles.
The Pats power play was 1-for-5, while the Hurricanes were 0-for-4.
With his three-point night, Cozens moves past Aliaksei Protas of the Prince Albert Raiders for the WHL scoring lead with 39 points.
With their goals Wednesday night, Cozens and Okuliar are also tops in the WHL in goals.
The Hurricanes are back at the Enmax Centre Friday night at 7 p.m. when the Saskatoon Blades pay a visit.