Yellow Horn hurts Hitmen

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- The playoffs, they say, are a whole new season. But Game 1 of the the Calgary-Lethbridge series looked eerily similar to what transpired during the regular season.

The two teams played another tight, one-goal game, their seventh in as many games.

And the Hitmen blew another third-period lead.

After Mark Olafson tied it early in the third, Colton Yellow Horn scored the game winner with less than five minutes to play as the Hurricanes took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final by a 2-1 count.

Yellow Horn, who killed the Hitmen during the regular season when he racked up nine points in six games, credited linemate Jonathan Filewich for triggering the winner.

"It was a great pass from Filewich and I went in and toe-dragged it and went upstairs," said Yellow Horn, who fought off a check while getting the shot off.

"They always say you have to go upstairs so I did."

His goal came just 1:02 after Calgary goaltender Justin Pogge turned aside John Lammers on a penalty shot.

Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio said the game came down to a pair of bad bounces.

Olafson's goal, from a horrible angle, glanced in off a skate in front. And a bouncing puck enabled Lethbridge to hold the puck in the Hitmen zone on the winner.

"It was a couple of bad breaks," Kisio said. "It's tough to lose like that but the kids are keeping their heads high and we'll play hard tomorrow.

"We're two even teams and if a couple bounces go our way, it's a one-goal game our way."

Both teams seemed content to play it close to the vest in the early going.

Lethbridge outshot the Hitmen 12-6 in a scoreless opening frame in which the visitors killed off three penalties.

World junior blueliner Brent Seabrook had the best opportunity to break the ice in the final minute of the period but Pogge slid across to deny the Chicago Blackhawks prospect from point-blank range.

Filewich nearly put the 'Canes on the board in the first minute of the middle stanza but blasted a slapper off Pogge's left shoulder.

The Hitmen finally got the break they were waiting for with just over five minutes to play in the period.

With Calgary on the powerplay, Hurricanes goaltender Aaron Sorochan made an ill-advised decision to go behind his net to play the puck.

Calgary overager Tyrel Lucas swooped in, stripped the puck off Sorochan, a WHL goaltender of the year finallist, skated out front and hit the empty net.

Calgary took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes despite being outshot 18-12.

The Hitmen killed off all five Lethbridge powerplays while going 1-for-3 on their own man-advantage situations.

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LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES: 2

CALGARY HITMEN: 1


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