CALGARY - A goal with just under 30 seconds to go in the third period lifted the Calgary Hitmen to a 3-2 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Wednesday night at the Saddledome.
Nothing to speak of in terms of offence in the first period of this game. The Calgary Hitmen had most of the chances as they out shot Lethbridge 16-7. Ty Rimmer was very good in the opening frame. The Canes got caught a few times coughing up the puck in their own zone, but Rimmer was there to keep his team in it and keep the game scoreless.
In the second, the Calgary Hitmen would finally break the scoreless tie with a power play goal. Jaynen Rissling's shot went off a Hurricanes defenceman and by Rimmer, making it 1-0 Calgary. The Hurricanes though would get that one back one a two-on-one rush. Reid Duke passed the puck out front to Axel Blomqvist and he tapped in a backhander to even the game at 1-1. That was Blomqvist's 2nd of the season and got the visitors back to even terms. Before the end of the period, Calgary would take the lead against when Alex Roach stepped across the blueline and hammered a 40 foot shot which Rimmer got a piece of, but not enough as the puck rolled under his arm and just across the goal line to the Hitmen a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. Calgary held a sizable edge in shots 29-13.
In the third, the Hurricanes would tie the game with just over 5 minutes to go in the period. Tyler Wong was sprung free on a breakaway by Russ Maxwell and he would score his first ever in the WHL, beating Chris Driedger to even the score at 2-2. It looked like this game was heading into overtime, but with just 27 seconds to go in the game, Jake Virtanen came out from behind the net and banked a shot of the back of Rimmer for the game winning goal and the Calgary Hitmen would skate away with a 3-2 victory.
The Hurricanes power play let them down in this game. The Canes went 1/7 with the man advantage while the Hitmen finished the night 1/2. That was the difference. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 13-12-1-1 on the season, still tied for 4th place in the Eastern Conference with Red Deer.
The Hurricanes have 5 more games on the road before returning back to Lethbridge on December 5th. The Canes next action is Friday (Nov. 23) when they travel to Red Deer to take on the Rebels. It's the first of 6 meetings this season between the two clubs, who are neck and neck in the Eastern Conference standings. Game time from Red Deer is 7:30 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 7:00.