TABER - The Lethbridge Hurricanes erased a 3-0 second period deficit, but fell just short losing 4-3 to the Calgary Hitmen in a shootout in pre-season WHL action Thursday night at the Taber Arena.
The Canes rallied in the second period and eventually tied the game in the 3rd period on goals by Cam Braes, Tayler Balog, and Craig Leverton. There was also a couple of big scraps at the start of the second period that seemed to fire up the Hurricanes. That rally by Lethbridge pushed the game into extra time. The overtime solved nothing, so the the Hurricanes and Hitmen would head to the shootout to decide a winner. Calgary would end up scoring three times in the shootout and Lethbridge twice. The Hitmen would hold on for a 4-3 win. Brandon Anderson played goal for the Hurricanes. Anderson leaves for Washington Friday to take in the Capitals training camp. Tanner Kovacs will likely start in goal the next two pre-season games.
Game Summary from www.whl.ca
1st Period-1, Calgary, Miller 1 (Trzonkowski, Gordon), 11:22. 2, Calgary, Brassart 2 (Humphries), 17:53. Penalties-MacMaster Cal (inter. on goaltender), 1:59; Mckechnie Let (hooking), 8:11; Kirsch Cal (inter. on goaltender), 9:16; Johnston Let (cross checking), 9:16; Trzonkowski Cal (roughing), 14:16; Guiel Let (roughing), 14:16; Wilson Cal (tripping), 19:35.
2nd Period-3, Calgary, Rissling 1 (Gogolev, Kirsch), 2:18. 4, Lethbridge, Braes 1 (Yakubowski), 5:08. 5, Lethbridge, Balog 1 9:27. Penalties-Sylvester Cal (roughing), 4:34; Fyten Let (roughing), 4:34; MacMaster Cal (major-fighting, game misconduct), 7:03; Snider Cal (roughing), 7:03; Sylvester Cal (cross checking), 7:03; Wilson Cal (major-fighting, game misconduct), 7:03; Blomqvist Let (major-fighting, game misconduct), 7:03; Hulit Let (major-fighting, game misconduct), 7:03; Mckechnie Let (roughing, charging), 7:03; Miller Cal (cross checking), 10:37; Rissling Cal (roughing), 10:37; Ramsay Let (high sticking, roughing), 10:37; Ryckman Let (roughing), 10:37.
3rd Period-6, Lethbridge, Leverton 1 (Fyten, Merkley), 2:53 (PP). Penalties-Kirsch Cal (hooking), 0:53; Yakubowski Let (interference), 4:16; Trzonkowski Cal (interference), 6:15; Helgesen Cal (high sticking), 6:25; served by Let (penalty shot), 8:48; Sylvester Cal (tripping), 9:40; Erkamps Let (boarding), 12:44; Chase Cal (roughing, unsportsmanlike cnd.), 13:23; Johnston Let (roughing), 13:23; Leverton Let (roughing), 13:23; Harper Let (bench), 14:39.
Shootout - Calgary 3 (Gogolev G, Kirsch G, Brassart G), Lethbridge 2 (Merkley NG, Bezuch G, Mckechnie G).
Shots on Goal-Calgary 19-11-11-3-1-45. Lethbridge 13-15-14-4-0-46.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 0 / 6; Lethbridge 1 / 7.
Goalies-Calgary, Snider 0-0-0-0 (23 shots-21 saves); Glover 2-0-0-0 (23 shots-22 saves). Lethbridge, Anderson 0-0-0-1 (44 shots-41 saves).
Referees-Ryan Bonnett (39).
Linesmen-Matthew Barker (118), Matthew Sanders (70).
The Hurricanes next pre-season game will take place Friday night when they travel to Innisfail to play the Red Deer Rebels.
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