Fussey blew the doors off for Hitmen

By Aaron Dowding

On Feb.6 Owen Fussey skated all over the Lethbridge Hurricanes with a five-point night. Fussey had four goals in the third period alone and one assist in the second for a final of 7-3.

Sebastien LaPlante and Hurricanes golatender Blake Ward held the game scoreless for half of the first when Ryan Getzlaf finally broke the ice after a centering pass by Chad Wolkowski.

The second goal for the Hitmen came when Scott Borders of the Hurricanes was injured on the ice. The ref failed to blow the play down and the Canes already had a man in the box.

With the five on three the Hitmen capitalize on a scramble in front.

The score was growing and so was the tension when finally Wes Rypien of the Hitmen jumped a Cane’s player and received five for fighting and a game misconduct.
22 seconds into the major the Cane’s made it a one goal deficit when WHL leading scorer Nathan Barrett put in his 34th goal of the year. He would add another goal and assist for a point total of 86.

Also scoring for Lethbridge was Jackson for his 29th of the year.

Early in the third period the game was blown wide open when Fussey hacked at a rebound until it finally found the back of the net, shorthanded.

Less than five minutes later with the score 4-3 Fussey let a rocket go from just over the blueline for his 31st of the year.

Less than two minutes later Fussey scored again for his third of the night. Still he wasn’t finished,in front of 5109 fans at the Dome, he picked up a rebound and scored his fourth of the night with only 38 seconds left in the game.

The effort of course earned him first star. Second was Lethbridge allstar Nathan Barrett and Hitmen rookie Ryan Getzlaf grabbing third star.