GDB 47.0 WRAP UP: THE FATES
Greek mythology tells the tale of 3 sister deities, known as the Fates, who were responsible for the destiny of all beings. Legend had it that the Fates controlled the lifespan of all humans through the spinning, measuring, and cutting of a cosmic thread. In some cases it was documented that even the gods themselves were subject to the whim of the Fates. Tonight’s game against the Warriors had that sort of feel to it. It was as if an outside hand was guiding the action on the ice.
Apparently the ‘hockey gods’ dawned their finest togas and decided that a Homeric epic was to play out on the frozen surface of the ENMAX Centre this evening.
This one looked like it might be a wash for the Canes in the game’s opening minutes. Egor Babenko opened the scoring just 66 seconds into the game on a tic-tac-goal play from Estephan and Wong. Darian Skeoch was the physical catalyst for the home side early on when he put two Warriors on their backsides on the same shift. Moose Jaw wouldn’t register a shot on net until 10:20 mark of the 1st. However, the Warriors would find their game following a minor penalty to Andrew Nielsen. While MJ didn’t score on the man advantage, they did have significant zone time which they used to get their feet back under them and get in the game. Jayden Sittler was stellar between the pipes on the PK, especially considering how little work he had in the first half of the period. Giorgio Estephan would continue his recent torrid pace and put the Canes up by a pair at 14:01. Burke fed a hard charging Estephan in the slot and Giorgio would make no mistake rifling a wrister top shelf. The opening frame would end with the Canes up 2-0 and ahead on the shot clock 13-10.
Lethbridge came out buzzing in the opening minutes of the second looking to further extend their lead. Estephan would make a great move at the side of the net and ring one off the bar. 5:49 into the period MJ forward Jesse Shynkaruk would cut the Canes lead in half on a great individual effort. After forcing a turnover at the Canes blueline, Shynkaruk drove the net hard and managed to beat Sittler 5 hole despite having Nick Watson draped all over him. From there both teams really tightened up their defensive play. The game became more physical in the second as both teams were throwing the body. In the period’s closing minutes the Canes would again press hard looking to restore their 2 goal advantage. Tyler Wong came close a few times, but MJ netminder Brody Willms was outstanding in goal. There was a scary moment towards the end of the second when Carter Folk crashed hard into the boards and laboured back to the bench. Folk was making his return to the lineup after being out with an upper body injury. He appeared to jam his shoulder hard on the play, but he would be back on the ice to finish the period off much to the delight of Canes’ fans. The score after 40 minutes was 2-1 Canes with Lethbridge outshooting Moose Jaw in the period 13-6 and 26-16 overall.
The 3rd started much like the second with the Canes pressing hard looking to widen their edge on the scoreboard. Brett Davis came close to extending the Canes’ lead on a 2 on 1, but he was unable to get enough wood on the shot to beat a diving Willms. The Warriors would tie the game up shortly after Lethbridge had successfully killed a penalty. Just seconds after Brady Reagan had emerged from the box, Warriors’ forward Dryden Hunt would poke a loose puck past Sittler at the side of the net. The Hurricanes would restore the one goal lead on a questionable goal from Brayden Burke. The goal itself was a beauty as Burke went backhand-shelf following a gorgeous saucer pass from Estephan; however, the play likely should have been whistled dead for being offside. The Fates would ensure that all was right in the world when the Warriors tied the game at 3 just over 2 minutes later. MJ forward Jayden Halbgewachs would whack away at a puck from the side of the net and eventually slip it past Sittler after numerous tries. With 1:16 remaining in the period Carter Folk would go hard to the net and draw a penalty on MJ’s standout d-man Mark McNulty. While the Canes came close to putting this one away on the man advantage extra time would be necessary on this night. The Warriors outshot the Canes 19-13 in the period.
The Canes opened up OT with :44 seconds remaining on the minor penalty to McNulty. Estephan came close to winning this one on a one timer following a cross-ice feed from Burke, but Willms made a great read on the play and went post-to-post to keep this one level. Shortly after McNulty came back on the ice it looked like the Warriors were about to go the other way. The Canes’ captain had other ideas. He stripped the Warriors’ player of the puck with a textbook stick lift, turned, fired, and beat Willms far side to secure 2 points for the home side. It was a sick move and a perfect way to cap off a fantastic hockey game. Final shots in this one favoured Lethbridge 42-35.
- The Canes depth was on full display tonight. For reasons unknown Arvin Atwal and Justin Guiterrez were not in the lineup. This forced the Canes coaching staff to further juggle lines that were already in a state of flux due to the absence of Ryley Lindgren. It made little difference as the Cane Train kept on rolling.
- How about Josh Tarzwell getting a W in his Canes debut. Due to the aforementioned absences the Canes 24th overall pick from the last Bantam draft suited up for the home side. While he didn’t play a lot it has got to be exciting to be undefeated in your WHL career.
- Welcome back Carter Folk!
- The pregame ceremony for Bryce Salvador was very well done and greatly appreciated by the fans. It would be nice to see more of those banners hanging around the ENMAX Centre.
- Burke and Estephan. What can you say? Estephan is red hot right now and added another 1g-2a his totals to go along with the first star. Burke had a stellar night with 1g and 3a. That brings his total output to 73 points, good for first in the Dub.
- Jayden Sittler had a solid game tonight. I was especially impressed by his play in the first when he faced a barrage of shots after seeing zero rubber in the games’ first 10 minutes.
- The Canes are undefeated this season in overtime and shootouts. Not a ‘loser point’ to be found.
- Where were Atwal and Guiterrez?
- The Canes could have done a better job clearing the net front tonight. Two of the Warriors 3 goals were scored while pretty much standing in the blue paint. I don’t know that it would have mattered much on the Hunt goal, but a little crease clearing (even if it came with a penalty) would have been useful on the Halbgewachs goal.
This was great 2 points for the Hurricanes in a very playoff like game. Tonight’s game felt like it was going to be one of those ones where you do everything right but don’t get rewarded. Between posts and rolling pucks, the bounces weren’t going the Canes way much of the night. However, the team’s fate was not sealed and a stellar play by the captain kept the winning streak alive. While the Fates may have been close to shearing the Canes’ silver thread, they held off for at least one more night. Can the Canes push the winning streak to double digits versus the Oil Kings tomorrow night? Only the Fates know for sure.