Hurricanes Defeat Hitmen 3-1 Sunday
Calgary, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes traveled to Calgary on Sunday in hopes of earning their first road victory of the season and they did just that snapping a two game losing streak with a 3-1 win at Scotiabank Saddledome over the Calgary Hitmen.
It was an even first period that saw the Hurricanes outshoot the Hitmen 9-8. Despite the even level of play, it was Calgary that jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Jakob Stukel scored his sixth of the season on a wraparound as he outwaited Stuart Skinner before slipping it into the net – Matteo Gennaro and Andrew Fyten picked up the assists on the play. The ‘Canes went 0/2 on the power play in the opening period while Calgary was 0/1 with the extra man.
The even play continued in the second period as both teams had some strong looks in the middle frame. The ‘Canes were able to tie the game on a power play goal at the 7:08 as Giorgio Estephan beat Nick Schneider with a one-timer to make it a 1-1 game; Calen Addison and Jordy Bellerive picked up the assists on the goal. For Estephan and Addison they extend their point scoring streaks to six games on the goal. The ‘Canes were outshot 14-12 in the second period, but the game was tied 1-1 after forty minutes of play.
The Hurricanes took their game to the next level in the third period as they outshot the Hitmen 16-9 in the final twenty minutes. The ‘Canes took their first lead of the game as Bellerive scored for the second straight game as he netted his fourth of the season at the 8:17 mark on the power play – Estephan and Dylan Cozens picked up the assists as the ‘Canes led 2-1. Calgary pulled the goaltender to try and tie the game but the ‘Canes sealed the victory as Zane Franklin scored his second of the season with 1:13 left in the game into an empty net to make it a 3-1 final.
The Hurricanes outshot the Hitmen 37-31 in the hockey game. ‘Canes went 2/7 on the power play and were 4/4 on the penalty kill.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #9 Giorgio Estephan (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner (30 saves)
3) Hitmen – #31 Nick Schneider (34 saves)
The win for the ‘Canes was their first away from the ENMAX Centre this season. The Hurricanes are now 4-4-0-0 on the season. Lethbridge has four days off before their next game on Friday as they welcome the Swift Current Broncos at the ENMAX Centre in the first of a season-long seven game home-stand.
Tickets for Friday’s game are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
(Photo credit: Candace Ward/Calgary Hitmen)