Third Period Burst Pushes Hitmen Past ICE
Andrei Grishakov broke a 1-1 tie 11:45 into the third period, and the Calgary Hitmen added two insurance markers in a 4-1 triumph over the Kootenay ICE Saturday at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Vince Loschiavo scored the lone ICE goal, while goaltender Payton Lee made 30 saves in his final WHL game.
The 11,410 on hand at the Scotiabank Saddledome had to wait until the second period to see a goal, despite the host Hitmen outshooting Kootenay 11-2 in the opening frame.
Calgary opened the scoring 3:57 into the middle stanza when defenseman Jake Bean grabbed the puck off a faceoff, snuck down the left wing and snapped a shot past Lee’s blocker hand from the bottom of the circle.
The ICE tied the game ten minutes later when the puck fell to Loschiavo in the left circle after a series of passes in the offensive zone. The Winnipeg native fired home his team-leading 29th tally of the season as the two teams remained level after 40 minutes.
The Hitmen reclaimed the lead on Grishakov’s goal, a snap shot from the right side. Rookie forward Matt Dorsey banged home a rebound two and a half minutes later before blueliner Brady Reagan salted the game away with an empty net marker with 26 seconds left.
Calgary goaltender Kyle Dumba turned aside 16 shots in the game, including a pair of point blank right pad saves off Barrett Sheen and Troy Murray in the third period.
Kootenay finished 0-2 on the power play, while the Hitmen were 0-3.
HADDAD FINANCIAL SERVICES 3 STARS:
1. Andrei Grishakov, Calgary
2. Kyle Dumba, Calgary
3. Matteo Gennaro, Calgary