Hurricanes Doubled by Hitmen 6-3

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes completed a season long seven game home-stand on Friday night with a 6-3 loss to the Calgary Hitmen as they finish the seven games with a 3-3-1-0 record.

The Hurricanes, who were without both Jordy Bellerive and Zane Franklin on Wednesday night due to illness, re-inserted the pair for Friday’s game.

It didn’t take long for Bellerive to extend his point scoring streak to nine consecutive games as the third year forward netted his team-leading eighth of the season on a two-on-one just 27 seconds in the game to make it 1-0 Lethbridge; Ryan Vandervlis and Tate Olson picked up the helpers. The Hitmen tied the game as Matteo Gennaro tapped home a loose puck for his 11th to tie it 1-1 at the 7:56 mark. Calgary took the lead as Orca Wiesblatt scored his first to give the Hitmen a 2-1 lead. ‘Canes tied the game with 3:28 left in the period as Jake Elmer scored a beauty for his first as a Hurricanes; Josh Tarzwell and Brennan Riddle earned the assists as the game was tied 2-2 after twenty. Calgary held the shot advantage 12-11 in the first period.

The Hurricanes were the better of the two teams in the second period outshooting the Hitmen 14-8 in the middle frame but they were unable to solve Nick Schneider who stood tall in the Calgary goal. The Hitmen were able to retake the lead at the 3:19 mark as Andrei Grishakov spun in the slot before ripping it passed Stuart Skinner to make it 3-2 Calgary. Hitmen struck again late in the period when Tristen Nielsen snapped one by Skinner after an offensive zone face-off as Calgary led 4-2 after forty minutes of play.

In the third period, Calgary built on their lead as Nielsen potted his second of the game 6:10 into the third period to make it a 5-2 Hitmen lead. The ‘Canes answered with a power play goal at the 12:30 mark as Giorgio Estephan snapped home his sixth of the season to cut the Calgary lead to 5-3; Calen Addison earned the only assist on the goal. The ‘Canes pulled the goaltender in hopes of a come-back but failed do so as Calgary’s Vladislav Yeryomenko scored an empty net goal to make it a 6-3 final.

The Hurricanes outshot the Hitmen 12-11 in the third period and 37-31 overall in the game. The ‘Canes went 1/2 on the power play while they were 2/2 on the penalty kill.

Three stars of the game were:
1) Hitmen – #15 Tristen Nielsen (2 goals)
2) Hitmen – #19 Andrei Grishakov (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #17 Josh Tarzwell (1 assist)

The loss for the Hurricanes was their third straight and they are now 2-1-0-0 against Calgary this season. The Hurricanes return to action tomorrow when they travel to Calgary to face the Hitmen in the second half of the back-to-back, home-and-home.

The ‘Canes will are back at the ENMAX Centre next Friday on Hero’s Night when they host the Spokane Chiefs. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.

(Photo Credit: Cindy Adachi)

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