CALGARY - Jake Virtanen scored a first period hatrick as the Calgary Hitmen beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-3 Sunday afternoon at the Saddledome.
The Calgary Hitmen got off to a very quick start in this game. Less than a minutes into the first period, Jake Virtnanen scored on the first shot of the afternoon to give Calgary a quick 1-0 lead. Shortly after that, Virtnanen would get another one, beating Chris Tai upstairs in the Hurricanes net. That would make it 2-0 Hitmen on just two shots on goal. The Hurricanes would get one of those back when Remi Laurencelle potted his 1st of the season thanks to some hard work in front of the Calgary goal. That cut the Hitmen lead to 2-1. Calgary though would score a few minutes later to get that one back and again it was Jake Virtanen with his 3rd goal of the game and less than 9 minutes into the contest, it was 3-1 Calgary. The Canes made a goaltending change after that. Chris Tai allowed 3 goals on 5 shots and was replaced by Corbin Boes. The Hurricanes settled down after that and had some great scoring chances, but Mack Shields kept the puck out for the Hitmen. Calgary took the 3-1 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes. Lethbridge held a 14-9 edge in shots on goal.
In the second, the Hitmen would just ahead 4-1 at the midway point of the period when Brady Brassart got a nice bounce when his shot went off the leg of Ryan Pilon and behind Corbin Boes to give the Hitmen a three goal lead. The Hurricanes would again cut into the Hitmen lead, this time on the power play. Ryan Pilon's point shot beat Shields in the Calgary goal, the make it a 4-2 in favour of Calgary. In the dying seconds of the period Calgary would jump ahead by three again when Brady Brassart put home his 2nd goal of the game to make it 5-2 Hitmen through 40 minutes of play. The Hitmen held a slight edge in shots 26-24. The Canes thought they had a goal right at the end of the period, but it was waved off after a the Canes were given a penalty.
In the third, the Hurricanes would get a late power play goal by Giorgio Estephan, his 3rd of the season to make it a 5-3 game in favour of Calgary. The Canes pulled the goalie with a couple of minutes to go, but Josh Thrower would put the puck into the empty goal to give Calgary a 6-3 lead and that's the way this one would end. The Canes were out shot 42-29 in this hockey game. Lethbridge played a very disciplined game as Calgary only had 2 power plays. They didn't score. The Hurricanes were 2/4. The loss drops the Canes record to 2-10-0-1. The Canes have one victory in their last 9 games.
GM Robson Busy With Trade Talks
During the 1st Intermission from Calgary, GM Brad Robson talked about potential trades. Jaimen Yakubowski and Sam McKechnie were sent home Friday after the pair requested to be traded. Robson said Sunday, "I have lots of offers for those two players, up to 15 teams I've spoken with. I'll get back to everyone over the next couple of days. I'd like to get at least one 94 born player with size. Probably forwards. Maybe a 95 too. I do have a few potential deals though which are defencemen in trade talks"
No Hurricanes This Week
For the second week in a row, there will be no Hurricanes This Week radio show Monday (Oct. 21). Because of CJOC's live coverage of the 2013 civic election, the radio program will not air this week. Our next show is set for Monday, October 28th at 7:00 pm MDT.
The Hurricanes return home for a big stretch at the ENMAX Centre. The will play their next 8 games on home ice between October 22nd and November 9th. Over the next few weeks, the Canes will play host to Portland, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Tri-City, Brandon, Regina, Spokane, and Red Deer. This is a very important home stand for this club. The Canes play host the Winterhawks Tuesday night (Oct. 22) on "Pink in the Rink" night. The defending WHL Champs are making their only visit to Lethbridge this season. Game time is 7:00 pm MDT. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30.