Lupul Hurts Canes Playoff Hopes

By Dustin Nielson

In what people were calling the biggest game of the season for both the Hurricanes and the Tigers Joffrey Lupul was the difference. Scoring four goals and setting up two others Lupul carried the Tigers to the win. They now sit only one point behind the Canes.

Hurricane Nathan Barrett entered the game as the only WHLer with 100 points and he had a 6 point advantage on
Lupul of the Tigers. At the end of the game Lupul had joined the 100 point club and was only 1 point behind Barrett for the scoring title.

The Tigers came out and got to Canes goalie Logan Koopmans in the first period as former Hurricane Warren McCutcheon and Chris St. Jacques were able to put the puck past Koopmans.

The second period was where the game took a turn for the worst, for the Canes.

St. Jacques scored his second of the game,27th of the year, and then Lupul scored his 1st of the game which also was his 50th marker on the campaign. Tim green got the Canes on the board less then a minute after Lupul’s first making it 4-1 for the Tigers. Lupul then scored two goals in 21 seconds to ice the game for the Tigers.
Nathan Barrett pulled the Canes within four before the end of the second.

Tomas Kopecky scored his 30th of the year early in the third. The Tigers quickly regained their four goal lead when Lupul scored his fourth of the game, this time on the powerplay. Kopecky scored his second of the game with less then a minute left, the goal really meant nothing except on a few points on Connors goals against average.

The Hurricanes really wanted a win in this game as it would have given them a nice cushion on the Tigers and Hitmen. The Tigers obviously wanted it more though as they stepped up and came away with the two points.

The Hurricanes continue their road trip Wednesday in Swift Current before ending it Friday night against the Rebels who they lost to 2-1 last Friday night.