Hur­ri­canes can’t top Hit­men


Four third pe­riod goals weren’t enough for the Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes.

The Canes were downed 6-5 by the Cal­gary Hit­men in Western Hockey League play Fri­day night in Cal­gary.

Leth­bridge surged late with four third-pe­riod goals, but the Hit­men replied with two of their own in the fi­nal min­utes, just enough to make their 4-1 lead af­ter two pe­ri­ods stand up for their first win of the sea­son while the Canes drop to 3-4-0-1.

Cal­gary opened a 2-0 lead af­ter the first pe­riod on goals from Mark Kastelic and Jake Kryski and padded their lead to 3-0 7:40 into the sec­ond on Ri­ley Fid­dlerSchultz’s first of the sea­son.

Hur­ri­canes vet­eran Jake Elmer net­ted his fifth of the sea­son to get Leth­bridge on the board mid­way through the sec­ond, but Dakota Krebs re­stored the Hit­men’s three-goal lead with 54 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Leth­bridge’s Zachary Cox made it 4-2 2:45 into the third, but goals from Kaden Elder and Kastelic put Cal­gary back up 6-2, end­ing the night for Hur­ri­canes goal­tender Carl Te­tachuk, who had re­placed Reece Klassen af­ter he gave up two goals on seven shots in the first pe­riod.

The Canes set up the in­ter­est­ing fin­ish in the fi­nal 6:05 on a pair of goals from Lo­gan Bar­lage be­fore Jadon Joseph made it a one-goal game with 58 sec­onds re­main­ing.

But they didn’t get any closer as the Hit­men hung on for the win as the Hur­ri­canes re­turn to the En­max Cen­tre tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on the Prince Ge­orge Cougars.

The Hur­ri­canes out­shot the Hit­men 38-37 as Te­tachuk stopped 26 of 30 shots and Klassen turned aside five of seven.

Leth­bridge’s power play was 1for-4, while Cal­gary’s 1-for-3.

Elmer added an as­sist for a two-point night, while Noah Boyko chipped in with two as­sists.

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