LETHBRIDGE - The Calgary Hitmen scored twice in the first period and added two more as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-1 Saturday night in front of just over 4300 fans at the ENMAX Centre.
Just like Friday night, the Hurricanes would open the scoring for the second night in a row versus Calgary. Graham Hood's shot from the boards, somehow beat Calgary's Chris Driedger from not the best angle to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. That would be the Captain's 6th goal of the year. Calgary would get that one back when Zane Jones found the back of the net, beating Ty Rimmer on the shortside to even the score at 1-1. Before the end of the period, Calgary would take the lead. Zane Jones made a great move to get in front of the goal. His shot was stopped, but Brady Brassart was there to cash in the rebound to put the Hitmen ahead 2-1. Ty Rimmer was very good for the Canes in goal in the opening frame, coming up with several key stops. It was a fairly wide open period as well with Calgary out shooting Lethbridge 19-14.
In the second, things would settle down somewhat. The Hurricanes would press to get the tyiung goal, but late in the period the Hitmen ended up getting some insurance on their lead. Jaynen Rissling's point shot found it's way through, beating Rimmer on the blocker side. That goal put the Hitmen ahead 3-1 heading into the dressing room after 40 minutes of play. Calgary held the edge in shots 32-24.
In the third, the Canes just couldn't find a way to beat Driedger in the Calgary goal. The Hitmen would add one more before the end of the game when Greg Chase snapped a shot over Rimmer. That made it 4-1 Hitmen and that's the way this game would end. The Hitmen out shot Lethbridge 39-29 in this game. The Canes went 0/6 on the power play and Calgary finished the game 0/2. The loss drops the Hurricanes record to 18-17-1-4 on the season. Still in 5th spot in the Eastern Conference. Lethbridge has played 40 games already this season and along with Kamloops and Swift Current that's the most to date by any team in the WHL. On the CJOC post game show, Hurricanes Assistant Coach Chris Chisamore commented this game was very "frustrating to watch."
That does it for the 2012 portion of the Hurricanes schedule. They turn the calendar now and head into 2013 with a busy stretch next week, playing 4 games in 6 days. The Canes next action is on New Year's Day on Tuesday as they travel to Swift Current and play the Broncos in a matinee game at 1:00 pm. The pre-game show on CJOC at 12:30. The Hurricanes return home to play host to Edmonton on Thursday (Jan. 3). They have next Friday off and then welcome Swift Current Saturday (Jan. 5) and Moose Jaw Sunday (Jan. 6) to the ENMAX Centre.