Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes played their final home game of the first half of the season on Saturday as they shutout the Calgary Hitmen 3-0 at the ENMAX Centre.
It was a feeling-out process in the first period as both teams played strong defensively. The Hitmen had a pair of power play opportunities, but the Hurricanes penalty kill was strong. Lethbridge had their first chance with the extra man but, like the Hitmen, couldn’t generate a goal. Calgary outshot the Hurricanes 9-8 in the first period which had a playoff feel to the contest.
The teams continued to trade chances in the second period but both Carl Tetachuk and Brayden Peters stood tall. The ‘Canes had a pair of power play chances in the middle frame but could not break open the scoreless tie. Lethbridge had a great chance in the final minute when Logan Barlage had a partial breakaway but Peters was able to make a great glove save to keep it scoreless after forty minutes of play.
The Hurricanes broke the scoreless tie early in the third period when Dino Kambeitz ripped home his 10th goal of the season on a power play just 3:53 into the period; Barlage and Alex Thacker earned the assists on the goal. The ‘Canes added to their lead when Barlage scored his 10th of the season on a two-on-one to double the Hurricanes lead to 2-0; Zack Stringer and D-Jay Jerome were credited with the helpers on the goal. Lethbridge rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal by Alex Cotton with 1:51 left in the game to make it a 3-0 final; Tetachuk earned the lone assist on the Cotton goal.
Shots in the game favoured the Hitmen 31-29 while the ‘Canes went 1/6 with the power play. Lethbridge was 3/3 on the penalty kill and have now killed off ten straight minor penalties.
Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #35 Carl Tetachuk (31 saves, 5th career shutout, 1 assist)
2) ‘Canes – #27 Logan Barlage (1 goal, 1 assist)
3) Hitmen – #35 Brayden Peters (26 saves)
The win for the Hurricanes was their third straight victory as they earned their 20th win of the campaign boosting their overall record to 20-9-0-5 on the season. The ‘Canes improved their home-ice record to 9-5-0-4 on the year.
The Hurricanes will play their final game of the first half in the second of the back-to-back, home-and-home with the Hitmen on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Saddledome at 2:00pm. The ‘Canes will be back at the ENMAX Centre on Friday, December 27th when they once again welcome the Hitmen at 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre Ticket Centre.