By Woodard, Dale on March 2, 2020.
One night after they got knocked out of the win column, the Lethbridge Hurricanes’ penchant for shorthanded goals put them right back in there Sunday afternoon.
The Hurricanes edged the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 in Western Hockey League play in Calgary, wrapping up a three-games-in-as-many-days weekend schedule that improves them to 37-16-2-5.
It was the Canes penalty kill that made the difference Sunday as Lethbridge forward Dino Kambeitz capped off a two-goal game with the team’s league-leading 14th shorthanded goal of the season 5:35 into the third period to snap a 2-2 tie.
Continuing his special teams trend Sunday, Kambeitz also scored on the power play 4:54 into the second period for a 2-0 Lethbridge lead and now has 17 goals on the season.
Chase Wheatcroft scored the other Canes goal, opening the scoring with his seventh of the season 12:48 into the first.
Orca Wiesblatt and Riley Stotts – on the power play – scored in the opening 5:24 of the third period to make a 2-0 Hurricanes lead quickly disappear before Kambeitz went to work a mere 11 seconds after Stotts’ goal.
Hurricanes goaltender Carl Tetachuk stopped 31 of 33 shots, while Taber product and former Lethbridge midget AAA Hurricane Brayden Peters made 23 saves for the Hitmen.
Lethbridge was 1-for-5 on the man advantage while Calgary went 1-for-7.
The Hurricanes are B.C.-bound this week, starting with a Wednesday showdown in Prince George against the Cougars.
They head to Kamloops Friday and are in Kelowna Saturday.
The Canes are back home March 13 when the Edmonton Oil Kings -who currently lead Lethbridge by 11 points for first place in the Central Division – pay a visit to the Enmax Centre at 7 p.m.