Spence stands tall for Hitmen

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

The Calgary Hitmen's goaltending situation is looking pretty good right now.

Daniel Spence played his second straight stellar game as the Hitmen downed the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-1 last night in Lethbridge.

Spence, the game's No. 1 star, made 32 saves en route to the win, just days after shutting out the Hurricanes 2-0 at the Saddledome Sunday.

"He was real good. He made some big-time saves and he made the ordinary saves and our defence did a decent job of moving guys out and letting him see the shots," said Hitmen head coach/GM Kelly Kisio.

And just as he did during that Sunday tilt, Lethbridge goaltender Justin Leclerc played another dynamite game, stopping 37 shots in the loss.

The Hitmen (5-3-0-0) struck first on Robin Figren's goal late in the second period.

The visitors then went up 2-0 on a powerplay tally from Ryan White, his second of the season, at 11:45 of the third.

Spence was looking like he'd earn his second straight shutout but it evaporated with just nine seconds left in the game when Jesse Craige scored a man-advantage tally for his fifth goal of the campaign.

Besides Spence, the difference for the Hitmen was some great penalty-killing as they allowed just one goal on eight Lethbridge opportunities.

"Both teams had numerous chances, lots of shots and powerplays, so I thought our special teams were real good tonight," said Kisio.

"That was the difference in the game."

The Hitmen's powerplay went 1-for-11 but the team can credit Leclerc for that stat.

With the back-to-back triumphs, Kisio is optimistic his club is getting it into gear and finding some confidence.

"I hope so," he said, adding his veterans still need to pick it up.

Next up for the Hitmen is a game tomorrow night against the Kamloops Blazers (Saddledome, 7 p.m.).


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