Lethbridge Hurricanes (20-41-5-3) vs. Calgary Hitmen (42-22-1-4)
The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrapped up a three-in-three weekend with the second of a back-to-back, home-and-home with the Calgary Hitmen. Calgary picked up a 4-2 win in Lethbridge on Saturday night and followed it up with a 4-1 win Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome.
It was a much better effort in Calgary for the Hurricanes despite the loss having dropped the previous two decisions by identical 9-2 scores. The loss for the ‘Canes extends their losing streak to five games.
The Hurricanes started well on the road as the ‘Canes opened the scoring just 4:55 into the game as Giorgio Estephan scored his 22nd of the season; Brayden Burke made a terrific cross-ice pass and Estephan one-timed it by the Calgary goalie Brendan Burke, Florian Baltram picked up the second assist. Calgary pressed for chances in the period directing 15 shots on the goal, but failed to beat Stuart Skinner. Lethbridge directed seven shots on goal in the first period.
There was just one goal in the second period as the Calgary Hitmen tied the game at the 4:18 mark of the second as Layne Bensmiller tied the game with his fifth of the season. The Hurricanes had their chances in the period, but failed to beat Brendan Burke. Lethbridge out shot Calgary 13-11 in the second.
It was 1-1 heading to the third period, but just 3:04 into the final frame Bensmiller tapped home his second of the night to make it 2-1. ‘Canes got into penalty trouble, Nick Walters picked up a two-minute roughing minor and on the same play Kord Pankewicz picked up a five-minute match penalty resulting in a five-on-three power play for the Hitmen and Jake Virtanen sniped his 21st of the season to make it 3-1. ‘Canes had their chances and pulled Skinner in hopes of getting things close but Tambellini would seal the deal scoring an empty netter with 3:51 to go.
Calgary out shot Lethbridge 19-8 in the third period and 45-28 overall. ‘Canes went 0/5 on the power play in the game, while Calgary went 1/7.
Three stars of the game were:
1) Hitmen – #14 Layne Bensmiller – (2 goals, including GWG)
2) Hitmen – #19 Adam Tambellini – (1 goal, 2 assists)
3) ‘Canes – #74 Stuart Skinner – (40 saves)
The Hurricanes are back in action on Wednesday night at home when the welcome the Kootenay Ice at 7pm.