Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Hitmen Hold On For 5-3 Win Over Hurricanes

LETHBRIDGE - Two goals in the first and two more in the second helped the Calgary Hitmen to a 5-3 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes came out with a fair bit of jump in this game after a 6-0 victory the night before against Red Deer. Calgary though would open the scoring with a pair of goals in the opening 20 minutes. 9:00 into the game, Chase Lang would bang a loose puck by Hurricanes goaltender Teagan Sacher to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. It stayed that way until the final 65 seconds, when Calgary's Calder Brooks was allowed to walk out from the behind the Hurricanes goal and lifted a backhander over the glove of Sacher to give the Hitmen a 2-0 lead after one period. The Canes had some solid chances as well, but Mack Shields was perfect in goal for Calgary. The shots were even a 13-13.

In the second, the Hurricanes would get on the scoreboard. Josh Derko moved in and hammered a low shot beating Shields to cut the Calgary lead to 2-1. That was Derko's 8th goal of the season. That would be short-lived as Calgary would soon get that goal back. Calder Brooks found the back of the net for the second time in the game to put the Hitmen ahead 3-1 and then a few minutes later, Calgary would score on the power play. Jake Virtanen, who's been somewhat of a Hurricanes killer this season, would score against Lethbridge again to give Calgary a 4-1 lead. Lethbridge though before the end of the period would cut the Hitmen lead in half for a second time in the game when Jamal Watson scored his 8th goal of the season to make it 4-2 Calgary through 40 minutes of play. The shots were close, 26-23 Hitmen.

In the third, the Hurricanes would make it one goal game again. 3:42 into the period, Reid Duke would score his 4th goal of the season. That cut the Calgary Hitmen to 4-3 as the Canes kept chipping away at the Calgary lead. As the period moved into the late stages, the Hurricanes would pull the goaltender to get the extra attacker, but Calgary's Brady Brassart would score into an empty goal to seal the game for Calgary. Final score: 5-3. The Hurricanes out shot the Hitmen 34-33. It's the just the second time in 34 games this year the Canes have out shot their opponent. Calgary went 1/3 on the power play while the Hurricanes finished the game 0/5. The loss drops the Canes overall record to 5-25-2-2.

Next Up

The Hurricanes will hit the road for their next two games. The Canes will take on the Oil Kings in Edmonton Friday (Dec. 13). The Canes won their first game of the season at Rexall Place way back on September 29th. This will be the 5th meeting of the season between the two teams. Edmonton played twice in Lethbridge two weekends ago and won both games by just a single goal. Game time is 7:00 pm MST. The pre-game show on CJOC at 6:30. The Hurricanes will play in Red Deer Saturday (Dec. 14) before returning home Sunday (Dec. 15) for a matinee against Victoria at 2:00.



  1. great job by the canes tonight, I thought they played VERY well considering they played a very good and large hitman team..shame about the crowds lately, there couldn't of been more that 1200 people tonight, I wonder if the city is starting to give up on this team...bob

    1. It's a shame about the crowds, but I wouldn't expect anything more after the terrible start, poor play and complete disarray of the franchise. I think that trend will continue for the rest of the year as long as the team continues to lose. Could put the organization in a tough spot at end of the year.

      Empty Net

  2. Josh Derko = Shot of a pro!
    Powerplay One-timers?
    Powerplay Point-shot?
    WE NEED TO SEE WAAAY more of this untapped resource.
    We are using about 1/5 of the on ice ability of our captain.
    Time to reassign his role.
    COACH - Are you BLIND??

    Roach Killer

  3. Holy Moley Roach Killer !!!!!! Relax, settle down , stay calm. I'm sure the coaches are not blind. It is a team sport-----everybody contributes.

  4. The Canes certainly gave it their best shot and could have won the game with a couple of breaks. They played a good team pretty much even up. Thought Sacher did a good job and gives us a chance to win when he is in goal.

    Derko's wrist shot from 30 feet one heck of a shot!

    Even thought the announced crowd was 2600 or so did not think there was more than 1600 in the rink. All I can say to them is it was your loss. You missed a very entertaining game.

    A View from Above

  5. The Canes seem to be coming around the bend these past few games! PP needs some work though, cannot figure out why our guys only want to cycle the puck between the back of their net, corner and half wall??? Allows opponents to really close in on them taking away time and space, 1/3 of the ice from the blue line in exists to move the puck, spread the opponent out and our point guys were wide open most of the night by 25 or 30 feet? Keep the puck moving boys, use the whole zone, make high percentage shots instead of the low percentage ones from the corners. Should have a great chance to beat the Okings tomorrow with the WJ players missing now! Go Canes!!! - Lindon