Adam Tambellini scored his first career hat-trick powering the Calgary Hitmen to an 8-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night at Enmax Centre.
The victory moves the Hitmen into a tie for first place in the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference with the Edmonton Oil Kings at 82 points.
Alex Roach had a pair of goals for Calgary who got singles from Chase Lang, Pavel Padakin and Jake Virtanen.
Travis Sanheim picked up three assists for the Hitmen who have now won six games in a row.
Brady Brassart extended his career high point scoring streak to nine games with a first period assist.
Giorgio Estephan was the only Hurricane to beat Mack Shields who made 29 saves in the Hitmen net.
The victory improves Calgary’s record to 37-15-3-3.
The Hitmen will now return home to host the Red Deer Rebels on Monday. Game time is 4:00 pm at Scotiabank Saddledome. Fans are encouraged to bring their helmet and skates on Monday for a family-friendly skate following the Co-op Family Day game.
Individual game tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations and the Scotiabank Saddledome box office. Order online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. For more ticket information, call customer service at 403-777-4646 or visit www.hitmenhockey.com.
Warm-ups in Lethbridge
Calgary Hitmen 8 at Lethbridge Hurricanes 1
Saturday, February 15, 2014 - Enmax Centre - Lethbridge, AB
Calgary 3 3 2 - 8
Lethbridge 0 0 1 - 1
1, Calgary, Roach 7 (Brassart, Chase), 2:23 (PP).
2, Calgary, Padakin 22 (Thomas, Rankin), 11:09 (PP).
3, Calgary, Tambellini 10 (Sanheim, Roach), 18:00.
Penalties-Bell Let (hooking), 1:47; Duke Let (tripping), 6:47; Lang Cal (roughing), 10:03; Amson Let (roughing), 10:03; Ramsay Let (roughing), 10:03; Babych Cal (hooking), 15:14; Cooper Let (high sticking), 18:52.
4, Calgary, Lang 10 (Padakin, Mahon), 8:11.
5, Calgary, Roach 8 (Lang, Virtanen), 9:14.
6, Calgary, Virtanen 36 (Sanheim), 10:53.
Penalties-Peterson Cal (cross checking), 8:25; Walters Let (cross checking), 8:25; Rankin Cal (hooking), 13:14; Thomas Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 18:54; Ramsay Let (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 18:54; Sheen Let (cross checking), 20:00.
7, Calgary, Tambellini 11 (Chase, Brassart), 0:58 (PP).
8, Calgary, Tambellini 12 (Peterson, Sanheim), 10:03 (PP).
9, Lethbridge, Estephan 10 (Khenkel), 16:14.
Penalties-Folk Let (cross checking), 1:24; Mahon Cal (10-minute misconduct), 3:44; Virtanen Cal (10-minute misconduct), 3:44; Folk Let (10-minute misconduct), 3:44; Padakin Cal (10-minute misconduct), 6:38; Erkamps Let (major-kneeing, game misconduct), 6:38; Roach Cal (holding), 15:10; Sayers Let (slashing), 15:58.
Shots on Goal
Calgary 12-11-24-47. Lethbridge 9-12-9-30.
Power Play Opportunities
Calgary 4 / 8; Lethbridge 0 / 3.
Calgary, Shields 17-2-0-0 (30 shots-29 saves). Lethbridge, Sacher 4-7-0-1 (42 shots-37 saves); Hogue 2-9-0-0 (5 shots-2 saves).
Referees-Jason Cramer (57), Kevin Webinger (6).
Linesmen-Reid Anderson (53), Cory Lundquist (128).