What A Game!
The Tigers get some bad calls go against them early. Elgin Pearce received a feed in the slot with a shot on net and then got hit into the goalie Ty Rimmer. Pearce would get called for Goaltender Interference.
The Tigers would kill the penalty off, but soon after Blake Penner would get called for boarding after finishing his check near the Hurricanes Bench on another questionable call.
On the Hurricanes Power-play Ty Stanton had a couple of chances to poke the puck off off Russell Maxwell's stick near the blue-line but missed both chances. Russell Maxwell was then able to burn a flat footed Stanton to the outside. He shoved a shot low blocker side which beat Lanigan.
The Hurricanes would score again 5 minutes later shorthanded. Elgin Pearce overskated the puck in the slot, I'm not sure where the other Tigers defenceman was but it led to a Hurricanes 2-1 rush down the ice. Jaimen Yakubowski would hold on to the puck, hesitate to get some space, then ripped a shot past Lanigan glove side.
2:12 left in the 1st period some Hard Work by the Hurricanes would create a turnover in the tigers end. The puck would come out front amid a massive scramble and Jaimen Yakubowski would fire the rebound past Lanigan who was sprawled out trying to cover the puck.
The tigers should seriously consider pulling lanigan here to shake it up. Lanigan is not getting much help but he is not sharp either.
The Tigers would break up a 2 on 1, Dylan Bredo would hustle his butt down the ice to get a step on the defender Lenny Hackman. Jake Doty fired a perfect hard pass over to Bredo who redirected it past an outstretched Ty Rimmer. 3-1 Hurricanes
Lethbridge would get their 3 goal lead back almost immediately. The Tigers created a couple turnovers in the offensive zone, but Trevor Cox made a dumb decision to cross check a surprised defenceman from behind...
On the powerplay Joel Topping would fire a shot from the high half wall. Amid a mad scramble in front the first rebound shot would squeak past Lanigan's pad. Then Sam Mckechnie would pot in the second rebound. 4-1 Hurricanes
The Tigers Ty Stanton would take a high stick by 16 year old Tyler Wong. Wong receives a 4 minutes high sticking penalty.
On the powerplay Miles Koules fed Curtis Valk in front. Valk would take a second and make a pass over to Shinkaruk. Shinkaruk took a second to coral the puck and fired it past a diving Ty Rimmer
Just after the Hurricanes killed off the rest of the penalty Elgin pearce would thread a small pass over to Shinkaruk who threaded another nice pass over to Valk who buried it Past Ty Rimmer.
2 Minutes later Kyle Becker would fire a flip shot out of his zone over everyone's head. The Tigers would scoop up the puck. Shinkaruk went to the net and Elgin Pearce passed over to Curtis Valk who one-timed it past an outstretched Ty Rimmer. 4-4 TIE
Unfortuntely the momentum would drastically change again.
Cam Lanigan would stop a point shot but was unable to cover the puck up. Jamien Yakubowski would get his 3rd goal of the game off the rebound. 5-4 Hurricanes
The Hurricanes would strike again with 1 second left in the period. Axel Blomqvist would put a harmless shot on net but Lanigan couldn't cover up the rebound and Jamien Yakubowski would poke the puck in past Lanigan for his 4th of the game. 6-4 Hurricanes
Lanigan is having trouble covering up any rebounds.....Yakubowski has scored 3 goals off of rebounds.
The Tigers would pull within one. Jake Doty fired a shot on net. Rimmer would save the shot then knock away the rebound, however he put the puck right on Miles Koules stick. Koules went top Shelf. 6-5 Hurricanes
Hurricanes would get their 2 goal lead back on a controversial play. Lanigan saved the initial shot but the puck squirted loose of his hold. Recognizing this he spread out as far as he could, however the puck was still open in the blue paint. Jamien Yakubowski would frantically whack away at the loose puck 3-4-5 times and would score his 5th goal of the game.
5 minutes left in the game Miles Koules would find Hunter Shinkaruk behind the net.Shinkaruk quickly wrapped the puck around beating Ty Rimmer. 7-6 Hurricanes
Dylan Busenius undressed a Hurricane defenceman at the blueline, he would loose the puck trying to get past the 2nd Dman, but Elgin Pearce picked the puck up and Wristed one past Rimmer blocker side. 7-7 TIE
Boston Leier would get a goalie interference penalty. Leier tried to jump out of the way but the Hurricanes Dman was right their guiding him into the goalie.
The Tigers would get the best chance as Kyle Becker and Dylan Bredo had a 2 on 1. Becker kept the puck but fired wide.
The Tigers ended this one early. Lanigan stopped both Russell Maxwell and Jamien Yakubowski
Both Hunter Shinkaruk and Curtis Valk scored for the Tigers.
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