Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes kicked off a stretch of seven of their next eight games on the road in Calgary in the back-half of a home-and-home set on Saturday as they were handed a 6-3 loss to the Hitmen.
It was all Calgary in the first period who raced out to a 4-0 lead after twenty minutes of play. Andrei Grishakov opened the scoring at the 5:10 mark on a rebound to make it 1-0 Calgary. Just 2:33 later, Calgary scored again as Luke Coleman redirected a Grishakov point shot on a power play to make it 2-0. The Hitmen struck again to make it 3-0 as the Calgary Captain Matteo Gennaro stuffed home his team-leading 12th of the season. Calgary added another power play goal at the 16:05 mark as Vladislav Yeryomenko let fly with a point shot that found its way in to make it 4-0 after twenty minutes of play. The Hitmen held the shot advantage 15-7 in the period.
Reece Klassen replaced Stuart Skinner in the second period after Calgary scored four goals on 15 shots in the first period. Klassen was tested early as the Hitmen came out firing to start peppering the ‘Canes netminder with nine shots in the first seven minutes but Klassen stood tall. The Hurricanes showed some life as Calen Addison sniped home his fourth of the season to put the ‘Canes on the board; Tanner Nagel and Josh Tarzwell picked up the assists on the goal. Hurricanes were outshot 13-8 in the second period and trailed 4-1 after two periods.
In the third period, the Hurricanes ramped it up outshooting the Hitmen 16-6. The ‘Canes got on the board with a power play goal by Zane Franklin as he potted his seventh of the season, unassisted, at the 12:01 mark. The ‘Canes pulled the goaltender but Yeryomenko scored an empty net goal for the second straight night to make it 5-2 Calgary. Koletrane Wilson scored his first WHL goal with 44 seconds left to bring the ‘Canes back to within two but a second empty net goal by Andrew Fyten sealed the 6-3 win.
The Hurricanes were outshot 34-31 in the game. The ‘Canes went 1/5 with the power play while Calgary was 2/5 with the extra man.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Hitmen – #21 Matteo Gennaro (1 goal, 1 assist)
2) Hitmen – #24 Luke Coleman (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) Hitmen – #19 Andrei Grishakov (1 goal, 1 assist)
The loss was the Hurricanes fourth straight defeat and second 6-3 loss to Calgary in as many days. The Hurricanes are now 1-4-0-0 on the road this season and 7-8-1-0 overall on the year.
The Hurricanes are back in action on Friday when they return to the ENMAX Centre on Hero’s Night as they welcome the Spokane Chiefs. Tickets for the game are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.
(Photo Credit: Candice Ward/Calgary Hitmen)