CALGARY – For the second time in as many nights, the Lethbridge Hurricanes fell 6-3 to the Calgary Hitmen.
Coming off their loss 24 hours earlier in Lethbridge, the Hurricanes got off to a very poor start in Calgary Saturday night (Nov. 4).
Andrei Grishakov opened the scoring for the host club five minutes into the first, with Luke Coleman, Matteo Gennaro and Vladislav Yeryomenko adding to the offence and giving the Hitmen a 4-0 lead after just 20 minutes of play.
A second period goal from Calen Addison and a power play marker midway through the third from Zane Franklin provided a glimmer of hope for the ‘Canes, bringing them to within two. That was dashed however, as Yeryomenko scored his second of the night into an empty net with just over two minutes to play.
Koletrane Wilson would score once more for Lethbridge, followed by Calgary’s Andrew Fyten 20 seconds later to cap the scoring.
With the loss, the Hurricanes have dropped four straight and have been outscored 21-11 over that span. Their record is also under .500 at 7-8-1-0 and they have only posted four wins in their last 10 games.
The team now has nearly a week to lick their wounds and try to get things back on track, as they won’t play again until next Friday (Nov. 10), when they host the Spokane Chiefs.
What comes after that contest could go a long way to determining how successful Lethbridge will be this season, as they will embark on a six game road trip, which includes four opponents that are in the WHL’s top 10. Through five games as the visitors this season – which admittedly is a relatively small sample size – the Hurricanes are only 1-4, compared to a record of 6-4-1 on home ice.
For what it’s worth, the club was in a strikingly similar position last November. After losing five in a row and having struggled on the road, they set off to play three strong American teams and went 2-1. From there they rattled off six straight wins and a 13-game point streak.
Maybe November’s their month. We’ll find out soon enough.
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