January 18th, 2021

Canes upend Pats

By Jensen, Randy on January 25, 2020.


Lethbridge Hurricanes posted their second straight lopsided victory on the road with a 7-2 win over the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action Friday night.

Hurricanes, who were coming off a 7-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday, received two-goal efforts from Dylan Cozens, Oliver Okuliar and Alex Cotton while Zach Stringer added a solo marker. Calen Addison chipped in with five assists as he topped the 200-point WHL career mark with the Canes.

Canes wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard as Cozens scored his 25th of the season with the game only 59 seconds old. Okuliar made it 2-0 eight minutes later, finishing off a one-timer from Chase Wheatcroft, while Cozens scored his second of the game at 14:46, giving him six goals in his last three games.

Canes again struck early in the second period as Cotton connected for his 14th of the season with 45 seconds gone while Stringer made it 5-0 with an unassisted marker when he beat Pats goalie Donovan Buskey, who had replaced starter Danton Belluk, for his seventh of the season.

Pats finally beat Canes’ goalie Carl Tetachuk just nine seconds after Stringer’s marker to make it 5-1 after two periods.

Canes went up 6-1 five minutes into the third period with Okuliar’s second of the night on the power play, giving him 28 goals on the season.

Cotton then scored his second of the game and 15th of the season to make it 7-1 before the Pats rounded out the scoring with a goal by Robbie Holmes with 6:42 left in the game.

Hurricanes outshot the Pats 29-22 and were one-for-five on the power play while killing off both Pats’ man advantages.

The win improves the Hurricanes overall record to 28-11-2-5 for second place in the Central Division.

Hurricanes continue their Eastern road swing tonight in Brandon against the Wheat Kings.

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