Hurricanes 'net' victory

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

It was a nice move -- had it been a basketball game.

That was Calgary Hitmen GM/head coach Kelly Kisio's thoughts on the Hurricanes' winning goal last night as Lethbridge walked out of the 'Dome with a 3-2 win.

The 'Canes, nursing a 2-1 lead in the third period, potted the eventual game-winner in controversial fashion.

Airdrie rookie Zach Boychuk gloved a Calgary clearing attempt, made a couple of head fakes while holding it and threw a cross-crease pass to a wide-open Colton Yellow Horn for the powerplay marker.

Kisio, who felt the play should have been whistled down, was irate on the Calgary bench and hadn't calmed down much after the final buzzer.

"The guy looked like Allen Iverson," Kisio said of Boychuk's unique puckhandling skills.

"He made more moves with the puck in his hand than Iverson does on the court.

"Obviously, we're pretty frustrated with that goal."

The goal became a bigger issue when rookie Brett Sonne scored his first career WHL goal with 1:14 to play.

"It would have felt pretty good if it had come in a win," Sonne said. "But I guess it's good to get the monkey off my back."

Karl Alzner also scored for the Hitmen, who drop to 8-3-0-0 on the season. The 'Canes (4-5-0-1) snapped a five-game losing streak, in which they had scored just five goals.

Lethbridge head coach Lindsay Hofford said it was just a matter of time before his skilled lineup started finding the back of the net.

The 'Canes powerplay, which was operating at just 10.3% on the road, connected on two of six opportunities.

"That's key in this league," Hofford said. "You have to score with the extra man."

Kevin Opsahl, who has appeared in all nine of his team's games this season, stopped Steve Covington on a breakaway near the midway point of the period and made 23 saves to pick up the win.

The visitors took a first-period lead on a powerplay goal by Neil Kodman.

Calgary penalty killers managed to kill off the first penalty of a 'Canes 5-on-3. But three seconds after Freddie Pettersson stepped out of the sin bin, Kodman tipped a point shot past Justin Pogge.

Then Alzner, who scored his first career WHL goal on the weekend, blasted a point shot through a Keegan Dansereau screen five seconds after a Calgary powerplay ended.

The Hurricanes re-established their lead at the 8:12 mark. Tomas Kudelka took a pass in the slot from Calgary product Curtis Billsten and wired a slapshot over Pogge's glove.

HIT PARADE: The three stars were Lethbridge D Tomas Kudelka, Lethbridge G Kevin Opsahl and Calgary RW Keegan Dansereau ... The Hitmen host the Red Deer Rebels Saturday (7 p.m.).


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