Hurricanes Double Hitmen 4-2 Friday

Erica Perreaux

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes returned to the ENMAX Centre for the first time in two-and-a-half weeks as they earned a 4-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen.

It was a great start for the Hurricanes who potted a goal just 1:01 into the game as Jadon Joseph finished his ninth of the season, matching a career-high in goals, and extending his point scoring streak to 11 straight games; Jackson Shepard and Jake Elmer earned the assists on the goal. The ‘Canes had another great chance moments later as Taylor Ross ripped one off the goal post behind Carl Stankowski. Calgary had some chances in the first period but Reece Klassen stopped all 13 Calgary shots in the opening frame; Lethbridge had four shots on goal.

Each team potted a pair of goals in the middle frame as Calgary tied the game 1-1 at the 7:22 mark as Luke Coleman scored his fifth of the season on a back-door play. Just 49 seconds later though, the ‘Canes pulled back ahead as Calen Addison snapped home his fourth of the year and second in as many games to give Lethbridge a 2-1 lead; Justin Hall and Jordy Bellerive picked up the helpers on the goal. Alex Cotton add to the ‘Canes lead scoring his first in the WHL at the 12:31 mark as Dylan Cozens fed him on a two-on-one rush; Logan Barlage picked up the secondary assist the Lethbridge had a 3-1 lead. Calgary cut the lead to one as Josh Prokop beat Klassen right off a face-off at the 14:48 mark as the ‘Canes led 3-2 after forty minutes of play.

In the third period, the ‘Canes and Hitmen traded chances but both goaltenders played strong. The Hurricanes added to their lead with just 2:35 left in the third period as Zach Cox buried on a two-on-one to make it a 4-2 final.

Shots in the third period were 10-8 in favour of the Hitmen who held the edge 36-19 in the game. Both teams went 0/1 on the power play in the game.

Three stars of the game were:
1) ‘Canes – #31 Reece Klassen (34 saves)
2) Hitmen – #9 Egor Zamula (1 assist)
3) ‘Canes – #28 Alex Cotton (1 goal)

The win for the Hurricanes ends a two game losing streak as they improve to 8-5-2-2 on the season. The win improves the ‘Canes record to 5-0-2-0 in their last seven games at the ENMAX Centre.

The Hurricanes welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings on Monday, November 12th at the ENMAX Centre for Military Appreciation night at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online, by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328) or by visiting the ENMAX Centre and Yates Ticket Centre’s.

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