Seabrook's swansong

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- For five games, Brent Seabrook carried his team on his broad shoulders. But in the end, it wasn't enough as the Lethbridge Hurricanes lost 2-1 last night on Andrew Ladd's game-winner in overtime at the Enmax Centre.

With the loss, the favoured 'Canes fell 4-1 to the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Eastern Conference quarter-final series.

For Seabrook, it may have been his final WHL game -- he'll likely jump to the pro ranks next season with the Chicago Blackhawks

The 'Canes captain's head hung low after the loss while giving credit to the Hitmen.

"Calgary played great tonight and great all series," said the 19-year-old defenceman, who won gold with the Canadian juniors in January along with Ladd and Ryan Getzlaf. "They came out and took it to us all series long. They took control and their better players were better than our better players."

Unlike some of his teammates, Seabrook gave it everything he had, game after game.

He played close to 45 minutes a match, mostly against Calgary's top line of Getzlaf, Ladd and Shaun Landolt, who punished Seabrook just about every time he went into his own end to pick up a dump-in.

"They played great. They worked hard and they were just dominant," said the 6-ft. 3-in., 215-pounder from Tsawwassen, B.C.

"I have nothing bad to say about those guys. They worked hard and led that team."

When asked about the ineffectiveness of talented 'Canes such as Tyler Redenbach, John Lammers and Kris Versteeg, guys who could have made a difference had they put the puck in the net as the did all season, Seabrook was diplomatic.

"Their goaltender played great and their defence played great," he said. "Our forwards couldn't get to the net and couldn't get to the rebounds and that's the story of the series."

It's not the ending Seabrook envisioned for a high-powered team many figured would handle the Hitmen.

But the 'Canes were stymied by Hitmen goalie Justin Pogge and their inexplicable inability to score on the powerplay, something that cost the 'Canes in the four close contests in the series.

The Hurricanes went 1-for-25 with the man advantage, while they clicked at more than 17% during the regular season.


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