By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
It was hockey night at Toyota Center on Tuesday, but the action on the ice more resembled a production of The Comedy of Errors.
The Calgary Hitmen scored four goals on eight shots in the second period en route to a 6-2 drubbing of the Tri-City Americans before a disappointed crowd of 3,355.
“We are not used to this, for sure,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said of the blowout. “There weren’t enough guys. We started with some energy and had some chances, but not enough guys pushing. (Lucas) Nickles and (Braden) Purtill had more contact than the rest of our forwards together.”
Tri-City (31-22-1-2, 65 points), which has lost three in a row, is sixth in the Western Conference, one point behind Spokane.
Swedish forward Victor Rask scored three goals, Brooks Macek had a goal and two assists, and Pavlo Padakin dished up two assists as the Hitmen (37-16-1-3, 76 points) improved to 4-0 against the U.S. Division. They play at Spokane today.