'Canes stars shut down

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

To say the Lethbridge Hurricanes big guns were silent is an understatement.

Some fans at the Dome last night might not have even noticed the 'Canes' Colton Yellow Horn, Kyle Pess or Jonathan Filewich in the Calgary Hitmen's 4-0 blanking of the 'Canes.

But they were on the ice. They even took a regular shift. However, Yellow Horn, who racked up 88 points this season, didn't have a shot on goal. During the campaign Pess had 48 points and just one shot, while Filewich was a 42-goal man.

In this instance you look to other players to pick up the slack but no one was there to do it.

Forward Kris Versteeg, who collected 52 points during the season couldn't contribute either.

It's the last thing Hurricanes bench boss Lindsay Hofford wants to see from his top scorers and fixing the problem won't be easy.

"I'll have to get down on my knees and pray they come back and play the way they did," said Hoffard, who watch his top line finish at a collective minus-8 last night. "I don't know. I've said everything I can. I think it comes down to one word and that's passion.

"You've got to compete every shift and be aware but it just looked like too many guys going through the motions, putting in time."

Harsh words indeed but some credit should go to Calgary's Ryan White, Brodie (Moose) Dupont and Steve Covington, who have harassed Lethbridge's snipers on just about every single shift of the series so far.

Filewich, 20, said his line's effort was clearly not up to par.

"We're expecting to get on the score sheet every night. That's our personal expectation and us not getting shots is just unacceptable," said the Pittsburgh Penguins draft choice.

"We know what we've got to do and we're just looking to tomorrow as a new day and a new start."

Filewich admits there's some pressure now but he knows it's still a long series.

"We obviously need to win four to take it but we're not panicking."


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