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Hurricanes Hold Off Hitmen 5-4

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes reached the midway point of their season-long seven game home-stand on Friday as they welcomed the Calgary Hitmen on ‘WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by RE/MAX’ Night and the ‘Canes earned a 5-4 win.

It was a furious first period that saw a total of six goals scored between the two teams. The ‘Canes opened the scoring as Egor Zudilov redirected a Brady Pouteau point shot passed Calgary’s goalie Matthew Armitage 2:46 into the game to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. The Hitmen answered back with a pair of power play goals in a two minute span to take the lead as first Vladislav Yeryomenko scored his second at the 8:45 mark before Matteo Gennaro potted his ninth of the year to make it 2-1 Calgary. The ‘Canes responded to tie the game as Jordy Bellerive sniped home his seventh to tie it 2-2. Gennaro struck again to put Calgary ahead but 32 seconds later Calen Addison rifled home his third to tie the game 3-3; Tate Olson picked up his first point as a Hurricane on the goal. Hurricanes were outshot 13-10 in the opening period.

Things slowed in the second period as neither team was able to find the net. The ‘Canes had their chances to pull ahead but were unable to capitalize with three separate power play opportunities. The ‘Canes outshot the Hitmen 14-9 in the second period as the game was tied 3-3 after forty minutes.

The Hurricanes broke the deadlock at the 8:02 mark as Zudilov potted his second goal of the night on a breakaway beating Armitage over the blocker to make it a 4-3 ‘Cane lead – Jake Elmer picked up the lone assist on the goal. The Hitmen tied the game as Andrei Grishakov banged home a loose puck passed Stuart Skinner as the game was tied 4-4. The ‘Canes though pulled back ahead as Ryan Vandervlis potted a rebound for his third goal in as many games propelling the ‘Canes to a 5-4 victory.

The ‘Canes outshot the Hitmen 13-12 in the third period and 37-34 overall in the game. The ‘Canes went 0/6 on the power play while the Hitmen finished 2/4.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #10 Egor Zudilov (2 goals)
2) Hitmen – #21 Matteo Gennaro (2 goals)
3) ‘Canes – #28 Brady Pouteau (3 assists)

The Hurricanes have now won three straight games as they improved their home-ice record to 6-2-0-0 on the season. The ‘Canes are now 7-5-0-0 overall on the year.

The Hurricanes continue their home-stand on Sunday when the defending WHL Champion Seattle Thunderbirds make their lone visit of the season to the ENMAX Centre at 6:00pm. Tickets for Sunday’s game 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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