REGINA - Dwight King scored the game winner to help the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Regina Pats 3-2 in Western Hockey League action Tuesday night.
Both Lethbridge (20-14-0-1) and Regina (18-15-1-4) were missing some big guns on the night. Regina's Jordan Eberle and Colten Teubert and Lethbridge's Zach Boychuk are with Team Canada in preparation for the upcoming world junior hockey championship. Regina was also without Rudolf Cerveny, who will suit up for the Czech Republic at the tournament.
Lethbridge opened up the scoring 3:57 into the game when rookie Cody Castro picked up a loose puck in the slot and, with his back to the net spun around and slid a hard shot along the ice past Regina goalie Linden Rowat. Castro, then picked up the puck as a memento of his first WHL goal. Castro also engaged in a first-period fight with Regina's Cody Hanson.
Just over two minutes after Castro's goal Regina's Brett Leffler evened things up with a quick wrist shot top shelf following a nice feed off the boards from Matt Strueby.
Midway through the period Lethbridge capitalized on the power play after Regina defenceman Alex Pym flipped the puck over the boards in his own end and was handed a delay of game penalty. Putting the Hurricanes ahead 2-1 was Cam Braes with his fifth goal of the year.
Two minutes into the second Lethbridge went ahead 3-1 when Colten Sceviour battled behind the Regina net to get the puck out to King for his 14th of year and the eventual game winner.
Regina answered back three minutes later after Mitch Czibere's centring pass went off a Lethbridge defender and bounced past netminder Juha Metsola.
In the third the Pats had several great chances to force an overtime period, particularly with their goalie pulled, but the bounces just didn't go Regina's way.
Metsola made 23 saves for the win while Rowat turned away 22 shots in the loss.