October 24th, 2020

Canes defeat Hitmen in OT


By Nick Kuhl on December 28, 2019.

Dale Woodard


Lethbridge Herald


sports@lethbridgeherald.com


The eye in the sky had to go for a brief second look.
    But one set of eyes on the Lethbridge Hurricanes bench had head 
coach Brent Kisio confident his team had just netted the overtime 
winner.
They had, as forward Dino Kambeitz scored his second of the game in 
overtime to give Lethbridge a 5-4 win over the Calgary Hitmen in 
Western Hockey League play Friday night at the Enmax Centre.
The Canes flooded onto the ice to celebrate the OT winner as the goal 
was initially waved off, somewhat delaying the festivities, but a 
quick video review confirmed the shot indeed went in.
Even as the play went under review, Kisio and the rest of his staff 
had already gotten their seal of approval courtesy their own set of 
eyes on the bench, those peepers belonging to equipment manager Rhett 
White.
“I wasn’t sure, but our equipment guy told us it was a goal,” 
said Kisio. “So we’re happy he said that. It was all good.”
With the win, the Hurricanes improve to 21-10-0-5 to take over second 
in the Central Division, one point up on the Medicine Hat Tigers 
(22-10-1-1), who dropped a 4-3 shootout loss to the Swift Current 
Broncos Friday in Swift Current.
In their first game back after the Christmas break and their third 
straight against the Hitmen, the Canes opened a 3-1 lead after the 
first, settled for a 3-3 tie after the second and lost the lead in the 
third as Calgary grabbed a 4-3 lead on a goal from Riley Stotts midway 
through the third.
But with time winding down, the Hurricanes power play found the back 
of the net for the third time in the game as Justin Hall forced 
overtime with 3:59 remaining.
Kambeitz earned his team the key second point three minutes into the 
extra frame, snapping home the winner on an odd-man rush for his 12th 
of the season.
“I thought we had a good first period,” said Kisio. “I thought we 
played really well coming off the break and in the second period they 
took over. They’re a good hockey club and have good players and 
they’re going to have their pushes and they did. They found a way to 
take the lead and I was really proud of our response to find a way to 
tie it and get it done in OT.”
The teams wasted little time exchanging some post-Christmas cheer.
The Hurricanes got the first power play early and made it 1-0 on 
Koletrane Wilson’s fourth of the season 3:47 in. It didn’t last 
long as Calgary’s James Malm took a feed from Mark Kastelic and beat 
Lethbridge goaltender Carl Tetachuk to tie things up 1-1 4:31 into the 
first.
The Canes retook the lead with 7:56 to go in the first on Kambeitz’s 
11th of the season.
The man advantage struck for the second time for Lethbridge when 
defenceman Alex Cotton — the team’s leading scorer with Dylan 
Cozens, Calen Addison and Oliver Okuliar at the World Junior 
Championship — stepped into a shot at the top of the left circle 
following a scramble in the Hitmen crease for a 3-1 lead.
The goal resulted in McNaughton getting the hook as backup and Taber 
product and former Lethbridge midget AAA Hurricane Brayden Peters came 
on in relief.
Calgary started clawing back in the second, pulling within one 4:30 
into the frame when Orca Wiesblatt fleeced Cotton off the puck to the 
left of the Canes net and slid a shot past Tetachuk to make it 3-2.
Calgary then pulled even on the power play on a goal by Jett Woo with 
9:50 left in the second.
The Hitmen took their first lead of the game midway through the third 
on a goal from Stotts.
But the Hurricanes fifth-ranked power play went to work for the third 
time in the game when Hall finished off a pass from Logan Barlage, 
roofing the feed past Peters with 3:50 to go to send the game to 
overtime.
“It has to be good for us right now,” said Kisio of the power play, 
which was clicking at 24 per cent heading into Friday’s game. “We 
know we have to win the special teams battle. We’re missing some key 
guys and we have to take advantage of those opportunities.”
Cotton’s goal was his 11th of the season and gives him 38 points in 
36 games, tops among WHL defencemen.
“I think we dominated the first period and stuck to what we were 
supposed to do,” said Cotton. “Then in the second we kind of got 
away from that and they came back. It was a battle going into the 
third and we knew we had to stay resilient. We were down by one and 
then Hallsie popped that one.”
Rookie forward Alex Thacker had three assists, including a helper on 
Hall’s game-tying goal. Barlage had two assists in Friday’s win.
Tetachuk stopped 26 of 30 shots, while Peters kicked aside eight of 10.
The Canes power play was 3-for-6. The Hitmen were 1-for-4.
The Hurricanes are back at the Enmax Centre tonight for their final 
home game of the 2019 portion of their schedule against the Swift 
Current Broncos at 7 p.m.
The Edmonton Oil Kings remain six points up on the Canes for first in 
the Central Division after a 2-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels Friday 
in Red Deer.

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