LETHBRIDGE - The Calgary Hitmen were heavily out shot and out played, but they managed to steal two points with a 3-2 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Tuesday at the ENMAX Centre.
The Hurricanes were all over the Calgary Hitmen for nearly the entire first period of play and had several great scoring chances, but were unable to get the puck by Hitmen goaltender Chris Driedger. with just over a minute to go in the period Greg chase picked up the puck, faked the forehand shot and slid a backhander past Ty Rimmer to give Calgary the lead. The Hitmen would hold that 1-0 advantage after 20 minutes. The shots favoured Lethbridge 17-6.
In the second, the Hurricanes would tie things up early. Jay Merkley unloaded with a big snapshot, putting the puck over the glove of Driedger and in for his 12th goal of the season. That evened the game at 1-1. As bad as the Hitmen were being out played and out shot, they would retake the lead when Alex Roach snapped a shot by Rimmer to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. Despite heavily out shooting Calgary 32-10, the Canes found themselves trailing by one goal through 40 minutes of play.
In the third, the Hurricanes would score a power play goal to get to with one when Ryan Pilon ripped a point shot through a crowd, beating Driedger to cut the Calgary lead to 3-2. That was Pilon's 3rd goal of the season. The Hurricanes would continue to press to try and get the tying goal, but that's as close as they would get as the Hitmen would hold on for a 3-2 victory, handing Lethbridge it's 3rd straight loss. The loss drops the Canes record to 13-11-1-1 on the season. The Hurricanes went 1/8 on the power play and Calgary finished the night 0/3. Calgary increases it's lead by 5 points on the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference.
The Hurricanes will play the second half of this home-and-home series with the Hitmen Wednesday night (Nov. 21) when they travel to the Saddledome in Calgary. Game time is 7:00 PM (MST). The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. This will be the first of 6 straight games on the road for Lethbridge. They travel to Red Deer Friday (Nov. 23). Next week the Hurricanes will play in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Medicine Hat, and Edmonton to close out November and open the December portion of their schedule.