The Lethbridge Hurricanes erased a 3-0 deficit and came charging back to beat the Calgary Hitmen 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday night at the ENMAX Centre.
Things weren't looking very good for the Hurricanes halfway through the hockey game when the Hitmen had jumped ahead by a 3-0 score, but things changed when Zane Jones scored his 3rd goal of this season for Lethbridge to cut the visitors' lead to 3-1. That's the way the second period ended.
In the final frame the Canes came charging back to even the score. Riley Sheen notched his first of the season early in the period to cut the lead to 3-2 and then later on, the speedster, Captain Jamal Watson was sprung free on a breakaway shorthanded and scored his second of the season to even the score at 3-3. Canes goalie Stuart Skinner was given an assist on that tying goal.
The game went into overtime which solved nothing, but in the shootout Jones, Watson, and Sheen all scored for Lethbridge and that would be it as the Canes would skate away with their first win of the season. That victory also ended a long 17 game regular season losing skid that dated back to last February. The Hurricanes are now 1-3 on the season.
Stuart Skinner was brilliant in goal for Lethbridge and really the reason the Canes had a chance to come back in this hockey game. The Hitmen out shot the Hurricanes 53-38, including 19-8 in the first period alone.
Give Lethbridge come credit here. They battled back from a deficit against a team that had beat them badly, 9-2 just three days earlier. They found a way to get the job done.
The Canes next action is at home Friday (Oct. 3) when they host an improved Kamloops Blazers team. Game time is 7:00 pm MDT at the ENMAX Centre. The Hurricanes will head out to BC next week with games in Prince George Wednesday (Oct. 8), Kamloops Friday (Oct. 10), and Kelowna Saturday (Oct. 11)