It was too little too late.
The Hitmen dropped a 7-4 decision to the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night, ending the weekend with back-to-back losses despite a late push in the third period.
Sean Tschigerl, Riley Fiddler-Schultz, James Malm and Vladislav Yeryomenko scored the markers for the Hitmen, on a night that saw them score two goals in the final three minutes of the game. For Tschigerl, it was his first career goal in the WHL as he opened up the scoring off a wrist shot in the high slot.
Taylor Ross netted a hat-trick and added an assist in a first-star performance to lead the Hurricanes, while Jordy Bellerive scored twice and chipped in three assists to top all ‘Canes with five points with Jackson Shepard and Jake Elmer adding the other markers. With the win, Lethbridge clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs, as the Hitmen can no longer catch up to them in the standings.
It was the seventh game in 11 days for the Hitmen, as they got off to another slow start similar to Friday night in the loss to the Oil Kings. Despite surrendering the first goal, the Hurricanes scored five unanswered goals en route to the win and winning the season series 5-1.
The Hitmen, 36-24-5-1 will now get a full five day break before closing the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home set against the Oil Kings. The opener goes at Rogers Place on Saturday, Mar. 16 with the return match Sunday, Mar. 17 at Scotiabank Saddledome. Game time in Calgary is 2:00 p.m. for the Hitmen Player Awards, Fan Appreciation and Sunday Funday presented by Ricky’s All Day Grill.