LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - At first the numbers looked promising for the Lethbridge Hurricanes as they hosted the Saskatoon Blades Saturday night.
Leading 2-1 and a minute removed from their fourth straight win, the Hurricanes gave up the tying goal with 47 seconds remaining and lost in overtime after being called for too many men on the ice, a miscue the Blades capitalized on in a 3-2 victory in Western Hockey League action.
The Hurricanes (3-6-1) were first on the board thanks to their power play as Mitch Maxwell took a feed from Carter Bancks and poked a shot past Blades goaltender Adam Morrison with 3:15 left in the first period.
Saskatoon (5-2-2) evened the game when Walker Wintoneak scored 20 seconds into the second period.
Shortly afterwards, Lethbridge capitalized on a five-on-three as Mike Reddington hammered a shot through traffic and past Morrison for a 2-1 lead.
That 2-1 Hurricanes lead stood until Blades sniper Derek Hulak stuffed a shot past Lethbridge netminder Linden Rowat with 47 seconds remaining.
In overtime, Jyri Niemi hammered a power-play bullet past Rowat to seal the comeback win.
Morrison made 27 saves for Saskatoon, while Rowat stopped 31 shots.