Shot self-inflicted

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- Justin Pogge's puckhandling skill was a major selling point when the Calgary Hitmen went goalie shopping at the WHL trade deadline.

Yesterday, it cost the Hitmen a 'W'.

With the desperate Lethbridge Hurricanes searching for the tying goal late in regulation, Pogge gloved a dump-in, dropped the puck and tried to send it the length of the ice for a goal.

The 'Canes batted down the botched clearing attempt and worked the puck to blueliner Brent Seabrook, who tied the affair with 3.9 seconds left.

Jonathan Filewich added insult to injury, scoring the OT winner with 1:28 to play to give Lethbridge an improbable 3-2 victory.

Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio was none too pleased with his goaltender's decision-making.

"We played a real solid hockey game for 55 minutes," Kisio said.

"Pogge got selfish and tried to score a goal. They knock it down and score with three seconds left. That's not what we're all about here.

"We're trying to win as a team. But one guy goes off-base and it backfires."

Filewich gave the 'Canes their fourth overtime win in their last seven games when he fought off a check and shovelled a backhand through Pogge's pads with 1:28 to play in OT.

A distraught Pogge shouldered the blame for the loss.

"It was a selfish play by me," Pogge said.

"That'll haunt me for the rest of my life."

The Hitmen, who received goals from Steve Covington and Dustin Kohn, were defensively flawless for nearly 55 minutes before the Enmax Centre roof caved in.

Kyle Pess put the 'Canes on the board when he took a long lead pass, split the Calgary defence and beat Pogge with 5:27 to play.

But the Hitmen didn't panic and looked to have the game won before snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

For the second time in eight days, they had one of the hottest teams in the WHL on the ropes but surrendered a goal in the dying seconds.

Last Saturday, it was the Kootenay Ice, who scored with 5.7 ticks left to extend their streak of consecutive games without a regulation loss to 21.

Filewich's OT winner gave the Hurricanes their eighth straight win.

Kohn gave the Hitmen what appeared to be a comfortable lead with a nice individual effort midway through the third period.

The sophomore d-man jumped on a turnover at centre, skated to the middle of the ice and let a shot go that was blocked in front. Kohn, sliding on his knees, found the loose puck and jammed it between Aaron Sorochan's pads.

Kohn said the loss was hard to take.

"I thought we worked really hard today and we had them for 55 minutes," Kohn said.

"It's obviously pretty disappointing to give up those two late goals and the loss in overtime.

"Things were looking pretty good until the 15-minute mark."

The Hitmen picked up a point as their record moved to 32-21-8-4.

Both teams played it close to the vest in a scoreless opening frame.

Things opened up in the middle stanza but only Covington was able to find the back of the net.

Rookie Brodie Dupont did the leg work, skating the puck to the Lethbridge line before chasing down his own dump-in behind the net and feeding Brett Carson at the point.

Sorochan stopped Carson's shot but Covington converted the rebound to end a 25-game goal-less drought and give Calgary a 1-0 lead.


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