A slow start against the Regina Pats proved to be the undoing for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Canes dug themselves a 4-0 hole midway through the second period Saturday night at the Enmax Centre, and despite a strong pushback, weren’t able to dig themselves out, losing 5-3.
Jesse Gabrielle led the way for Regina, with a goal and two assists, while Brad Morrison had two goals for Lethbridge.
Regina opened the scoring at the 3:29 mark of the first period when Koby Morrisseau converted on a pretty passing play from Josh Mahura and Gabrielle.
The Pats took a 2-0 lead just five minutes later when Gabrielle one timed a feed from Jake Leschyshyn past Reece Klassen on the power play.
Regina continued to own the play into the second period, going up 3-0 when Nick Henry deked out Klassen after a nice pass from Matt Bradley just 1:20 in.
Robbie Holmes made it 4-0, going top shelf on Klassen on a breakaway at the 9:55 mark. Brad Morrison provided a spark for Lethbridge just five minutes later, scoring on a great individual effort and banging home his own rebound. A lengthy review confirmed the goal and gave some life to the Hurricanes.
Just two minutes later Lethbridge cut the deficit in half when Calen Addison threw a point shot on net that eluded Max Paddock, sending the game to the final frame with the Pats leading 4-2.
Lethbridge continued to press in the third and had numerous chances on Paddock. Morrison pulled the Canes to within one at the 17:18 mark with a great shot over the glove of Paddock.
The comeback would fall short, however, as Sam Steel put the game away with an empty net goal with just under a minute remaining to seal the win for the Pats.
Paddock stopped 27 of 30 shots for the win in the Regina net, while Klassen stopped 38 of 42 in the Hurricanes cage.
Next up for Lethbridge is a trip to Edmonton to take on the Oil Kings on Tuesday, while the Pats return home Wednesday to face the Prince Albert Raiders.