The Lethbridge Hurricanes let a 2-0 first period lead slip away, falling 5-3 to the visiting Calgary Hitmen Saturday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Canes got off to a good start in this hockey game when Brayden Burke scored a pair of goals to put the home side up 2-0 after 40 minutes. Burke's first goal came at 11:34. That was also his first goal of the season. Burke then scored again in the the final minute of the period, this one a power play goal to give Lethbridge a two goal cushion through one period of play.
In the second, the Calgary Hitmen came out with guns blazing. Less than five minutes into the period, the Hurricanes found a two goal lead turn into a two goal deficit. Calgary's Adam Tambellini scored at 1:14, beating goalie Jayden Sittler who got his second straight start in goal as Stuart Skinner battles some sickness. That made it a 2-1 game. Just over a minute later, the Hitmen tied the game, when Pavel Karnaukhov scored to even things up at 2-2. Two minutes after that Calgary took its first lead, thanks to a goal from Layne Bensmiller. That made it 3-2 Calgary. The Hitmen kept pouring it on. A power play goal by Jake Bean at 4:25 put the visitors ahead 4-2 and in the driver's seat as well. Before the end of the period, the Hitmen scored once more when Adam Tambellini scored his second of the night to make it 5-2 Calgary through 40 minutes. The Hitmen out shot the Canes 12-2 in the period.
In the third, just one goal, that came off the stick of Giorgio Estephan. That was his 5th of the season late in the game and that would be all she wrote for this one. Calgary would win it 5-3. The loss drops the Canes overall record to 10-24-3-3 in 40 games this season. Lethbridge was heavily out shot 42-16. Calgary went 1/3 on the power play and the Hurricanes 1/4.
Just prior to the game, the Canes announced another roster move, releasing forward Brett Kitt and reassigning him to Flin Flon of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. It was part of a busy day or trades for GM and Head Coach Peter Anholt.
The Hurricanes will close out a four game home stand Tuesday (Jan. 13) when they host the Red Deer Rebels. After that it's on the bus and heading east for games in Brandon against the Eastern Conference-leading Wheat Kings Friday (Jan. 16) ans in Moose Jaw Saturday (Jan. 17).