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Hurricanes sweep Hitmen for 2-0 start to the season

By Lethbridge Herald on October 5, 2021.

For the first time in a decade, the Lethbridge Hurricanes are off to a 2-0 start to the Western Hockey League season.

The Canes downed the Calgary Hitmen 4-1 in league play Sunday afternoon in Calgary.

Hurricanes import pick Yegor Klavdiev scored his first two career WHL goals – both on the power play – as Lethbridge posted its second win in three days following a convincing 9-2 win over the Hitmen on opening night Friday night at the Enmax Centre.

Logan Barlage and Chase Wheatcroft added the other Hurricanes goals as the Canes put their undefeated start on the line Wednesday night when the Canadian Hockey League top-seeded Edmonton Oil Kings pay a visit to the Enmax Centre.

On Sunday, Luke Prokop got Calgary on the board first with a power player marker 2:56 into the game before Klavdiev tied it with 3:36 to go in the first for a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes.

Klavdiev added his second of the game and the game-winner 2:03 into the second period for the Hurricanes second man advantage goal of the night.

Barlage scored his second goal in as many nights 2:30 into the third before Wheatcroft added an empty-netter with 1:55 left in regulation.

Wheatcroft added an assist for a two-point night while Hurricanes co-captain Joe Arntsen added two helpers.

Hurricanes goaltender Bryan Thomson stopped 40 of 41 shots to earn his second win of the weekend.

The 19-year-old goaltender from Moose Jaw kicked out 81 of 84 shots he faced in the two games against the Hitmen for a .964 save percentage.

The Hitmen outshot the Hurricanes 41-36 on Sunday.

Lethbridge was 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Hitmen were 1-for-4.

Wednesday night’s game against the Oil Kings is at 7 p.m.

The Oil Kings are 1-1 after splitting 4-1 decisions with the Red Deer Rebels Friday and Saturday.

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