The Calgary Hitmen opened up the flood gates as they hammered the Lethbridge Hurricanes 9-2 Sunday afternoon at the Saddledome.
This was pretty much over after the first period when the Hitmen jumped ahead 4-0 after 20 minutes. Travis Sanheim scored twice while his brother Taylor scored once for the Hitmen in the first period. Pavel Karnaukhov also scored for Calgary in the first.
The home team added three more in the second frame to jump ahead 7-0 after two periods of play. Chase Lang scored for the Hitmen, Karnaukhov added his second of the afternoon and Terrell Draude also scored for Calgary to give them a commanding lead heading into the 3rd period.
Lethbridge finally got on the score sheet in the 3rd period when newcomer Zane Jones scored twice, once on a penalty shot to cut the Calgary lead to 7-2. The Hitmen though got both those goals back. Adam Tambellini made it an 8-2 game and Carson Twarynski scored his first-ever WHL goal to seal the deal and the Hitmen would skate away with an easy 9-2 victory. Calgary heavily out shot Lethbridge 45-20. The Hitmen went 1/4 on the power play and Lethbridge 0/5.
The loss drops the Canes record to 0-3 on the season. They've now lost 17 straight regular season games dating back to last season. They Hitmen and Canes play again Wednesday (Oct. 1) at the ENMAX Centre. Game time is 7:00 pm MDT. The Hurricanes will host an improved Kamloops team Friday (Oct. 3) prior to heading on the road to BC.
The Hurricanes will also hold their Annual General Meeting Tuesday night (Sept. 30) at the ENMAX Centre. It should be an interesting meeting given last year's 12 win season and the slow start this year. Only Hurricanes shareholders are allowed to attend the meeting. The 2013-2014 financial statement will be given out at that time. When the Canes held their mid-season AGM in February, the club at that time was $100,000 in the hole on the business side and club stated it had secured a load to cover that off.
I'll be attending the Tuesday meeting and will post a report on the blog and a full coverage on CJOC News as well.