By Dale Woodard on March 29, 2021.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes managed a single point from the Medicine Hat Tigers in Western Hockey League weekend action.
The Hurricanes took the Tigers to overtime as the teams wrapped up their three-game weekend, but the Tigers took the OT winner and the sweep when Oren Shtrom scored with 49 seconds left in the extra frame.
The loss runs the Hurricanes winless streak to five games and puts them at 3-6-2-0, while the Tigers post the 3-0 weekend to improve to 7-3-0-0.
Medicine Hat blanked the Hurricanes 3-0 Friday night in Medicine Hat and doubled the Canes 6-3 Saturday night at the Enmax Centre.
Sunday’s game was a goal swap throughout regulation time, setting the table for the extra five-minute session.
Brett Kemp handed the Tigers a 1-0 lead 5:23 into the first, but Lethbridge’s Chase Wheatcroft netted his fourth of the season with 3:04 left in the first to tie it at 1-1 heading into the first intermission.
The Hurricanes went up 2-1 3:05 into the second period on a goal from Noah Book, but the Tigers grabbed the lead back with goals from Corson Hopwo and Ryan Chyzowski for a 3-2 advantage.
But Hurricanes blue-liner Joe Arntsen evened things up at 3-3 with 4:41 left in the second for his first of the year.
It took the Tigers all of eight seconds into the third to re-take the lead on Chyzowski’s second of the game, but a breakaway goal by Hurricanes leading scorer Justin Hall — his eighth of the season — a little over two minutes later evened things up a 4-4 to set the table for overtime.
After a mostly scoreless extra session, Shtrom’s first career WHL goal earned the hosts the second point.
Chyzowski added an a§ssist for a three-point afternoon, while assistant captain Cole Clayton had three helpers.
Dru Krebs chipped in with two assists for the Tigers
The Hurricanes were 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Tigers were 2-for-5.
Medicine Hat outshot Lethbridge 32-30.
Canes goaltender Carl Tetachuk earned third star honours, stopping 27 of 32 shots, including a highlight reel, diving glove stop on Tyler MacKenzie.
Garin Bjorklund kicked out 26 of 30 Hurricanes shots.
The Hurricanes have the coming week off and return to face the Tigers in another three-game rematch, starting April 9 at the Enmax Centre at 7 p.m.
The teams play April 10 in Medicine Hat and return to Lethbridge April 12 at 7 p.m.
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