Aho hat trick pow­ers hot Hur­ri­canes

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS -

Se­bas­tian Aho had three goals and an as­sist to help the Hur­ri­canes beat the Preda­tors 6-3 on Sun­day af­ter­noon in Raleigh, N.C.

The Hur­ri­canes won for the sev­enth time in eight games. Justin Wil­liams, Saku Mae­nala­nen and Lu­cas Wall­mark and Micheal Fer­land had a pair of as­sists for the Hur­ri­canes, who have won five straight at home. Petr Mrazek made 20 saves for his third win in four starts.

It was the first hat trick of the sea­son for Aho. The All-Star cen­ter has five goals in the last two games, run­ning his team-best to­tal to 21 for the sea­son.

The Preda­tors, who had earned at least a point in seven straight games, got two goals from Filip Fors­berg and an­other from Colton Sis­sons, but goal­tender Pekka Rinne was chased in the sec­ond pe­riod.

G Braden Holtby prac­ticed less than 24 hours after tak­ing a stick to his left eye dur­ing the Capi­tals’ 2-1 OT loss to the Blue Jack­tes. Holtby left the game and didn’t re­turn. But Sun­day, he said the in­jury, which he called “a scratch,” was “pro­gress­ing the right way.” Caps coach Todd Reirden said Holtby would be re-eval­u­ated, but that the team didn’t plan to re­call an­other goal­tender.

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