Hurricanes ravage Hitmen

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

During the Calgary Hitmen's six-game winning streak, backup goalie Martin Jones sat back and happily took it all in.

Last night the rookie 'tender got the start and watched from between the pipes as the wheels fell off and the Lethbridge Hurricanes came in and thumped the Hitmen 5-1 at the Saddledome, dashing Calgary's shot at stretching the streak to seven.

Jones, who had a bird's-eye view of what not to do to win a hockey game, said his teammates just didn't compete like they did during the streak.

He also shouldered part of the blame.

"I didn't really help out much but we didn't do the little things like get pucks deep and we didn't really win any battles for the puck," said Jones, who made his third start of the season as starter Dan Spence got the night off. "I never really got settled in and I just didn't have it today."

Neither did the rest of the club which only managed 14 shots on goal, went 0-6 on the powerplay and didn't really generate any scoring chances on Lethbridge goalie Justin Leclerc.

Ryan White scored the lone goal for the Hitmen in third, a lucky tally that took a funny bounce.

"We've got some questions in the locker-room right now and we just didn't have any character tonight," said White, one of the Hitmen assistant captains.

"We've got to have some pride if we want to win hockey games and I think we took them lightly."

White's goal made it 3-1 but the Hurricanes would get two late goals, by Mitch Fadden and Josh Gionfriddo, 29 seconds apart late in the third to ice it.

Calgary's record falls to 12-7-0-1, while the 'Canes improve to 8-12-2-1 and earned their first win of the season over the Hitmen.

Fadden scored twice, while Yashar Farmanara and Derek Werenka also tallied for Lethbridge.

HIT PARADE:

The three stars were: Yashar Farmanara, Lethbridge, Kris Hogg, Lethbridge and Ryan White, Calgary ... F Brendan Rowinski, F Devon Kalinski and D Michael Stone didn't dress for the Hitmen, while Calgarian D Mitch McColm, F Zach Boychuk, former Hitmen F Lukas Vantuch and D Travis Bobbee were Lethbridge's scratches ... The Hitmen's next game is another home tilt (Saddledome, 7 p.m.) against the Prince Albert Raiders.


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