By Dale Woodard on May 2, 2021.
Carl Tetachuk hit a milestone win mark and the Lethbridge Hurricanes have evened their weekend series with the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Tetachuk stopped 17 shots for his 50th career win as the Canes downed the Tigers 6-3 in Western Hockey League play Saturday night in Medicine Hat.
With the win, the 20-year-old Lethbridge product also improves his record this season to 5-7-2-0.
In front of Tetachuk, Chase Wheatcroft scored twice — including an empty-netter — for his sixth and seventh goals of the season and rookie forward Cole Miller netted his first WHL goal as Lethbridge improves to 9-11-2-0.
With the loss, the Tigers are now 13-7-0-1 as the teams complete their weekend series Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Enmax Centre.
The Canes nursed a 2-0 lead into the first intermission as Logan Barlage scored on the power play with 5:15 left in the first before Miller scored his first career marker three minutes later.
Alex Thacker paced the Hurricanes to a 3-0 lead 8:49 into the second, but the Tigers got on the scoresheet 26 seconds later on Teague Patton’s second of the season to make it 3-1.
Canes captain Dino Kambeitz and Wheatcroft upped Lethbridge’s lead to 5-1 by the 6:34 mark of the third before the Tigers clawed back late to make it interesting.
Corson Hopwo scored at 8:59 of the third to make it 5-2 and Carlin Dezainde scored his first career WHL goal with 8:18 to go to cut the Canes lead to two at 5-3.
But Wheatcroft iced the win with his second of the game into an empty net with 1:32 remaining to round out the scoring.
Kambeitz also had an assist for a two-point night, while Joe Arntsen and Alex Cotton had two helpers each.
Dezainde had an assist for a two-point night for the Tigers.
The Hurricanes outshot the Tigers 34-20. Lethbridge was 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Tigers were 0-for-3.
Medicine Hat goaltender Beckett Langkow kicked out 28 of 33 shots.
After Sunday night’s game, the Hurricanes wrap up their 24-game regular season Tuesday in Edmonton against the Oil Kings.
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