Penalty parade hurts Hitmen

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- Every hockey fan has seen it happen at some point.

A few calls go against a team, who collectively lose their minds and spend an entire period in the penalty box. Such complete meltdowns are usually reserved for minor hockey clubs.

They rarely happen at the WHL level -- and certainly not in the playoffs. It did last night.

The hot-headed Calgary Hitmen surrendered 14 powerplays, including five -- yes, five -- 5-on-3s in Lethbridge last night.

The Hurricanes were only too happy to watch the debacle unfold and convert on the man advantage, something they did four times in a series-evening 5-2 victory last night.

Calgary Flames prospect Kris Hogg, Yashar Farmanara, Tomas Kudelka, Ben Wright and Roman Wick scored for the 'Canes, who hold the momentum heading to the 'Dome for Game 3 Tuesday night (7 p.m.).

Keegan Dansereau scored both goals for the Hitmen. GM/head coach Kelly Kisio, whose squad has given up 24 powerplays in the first two games of the series, was concerned with a number of questionable calls that hurt the Hitmen.

"We thought the first two calls were weak," said Kisio, who had a heated discussion with WHL director of officiating Kevin Muench following the game. "That put us behind the eight-ball. There was a parade to the box tonight and I don't know what a call is anymore."

Kisio had a legitimate beef on some of the calls but has to be concerned with the lack of discipline his team responded with, including a trio of third-period misconducts.

"It was 4-2 and the frustration got to some of our guys," Kisio said. "They took a few tens and we're concerned with that.

"But, by that time, we had killed 20 penalties."

Hogg gave the 'Canes the quick start they were looking for when he banked a shot off Justin Pogge and in from behind the net on the powerplay at the 2:28 mark.

Lethbridge took a two-zip lead with 1:51 to play in the period. Farmanara walked off the side boards and ripped a wrist shot top shelf over Pogge's blocker.

The Hitmen got back into the game 31 seconds later despite being outshot 9-5 in the opening 20 minutes. Dansereau picked up a rebound and backhanded it past Leclerc for Calgary's first even-strength goal of the series.

Kudelka increased the Hurricanes' lead with another powerplay goal early in the middle stanza, snapping a rebound past Pogge.

Dansereau got that one back on a Calgary powerplay just past the halfway mark when he went to net net and jammed in loose puck for his second of the night.

The 'Canes salted it away in the third with two more powerplay goals. Wright unloaded a cannon from the top of the circle just after one penalty expired on a 5-on-3 advantage.

Wick finished off a nice four-way passing play on another two-man advantage to round out the scoring. Calgary centre Riley Merkley said his club will need to clean up its act.

"The coaches told us before the game we have to stay out of the box," Merkley said. "It's unacceptable and it's not the way we're going to win this series."

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LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES: 5

CALGARY HITMEN: 2

SERIES TIED 1-1.

GAME 3 TUESDAY 7 P.M., 'DOME


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