Saturday, 15 May 2010

Hitmen Rally for Victory

The Calgary Hitmen overcame 3-0 and 4-2 deficits to defeat the Moncton Wildcats 5-4 Saturday at the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Tyler Shattock scored the last of four third period goals for Calgary with just 1:18 remaining.

Shattock's winner came after a rim shot around the end boards bounced out in front of the net.

"It kind of surprised me too. We've played in Brandon before and we know the boards have some funny bounces sometimes so that might have worked in our advantage," said Shattock, who signed with the St. Louis Blues earlier this week, "I think it surprised everyone on the ice that that puck came there so I was the right guy at the right spot and was happy to put it in."

"When I got the puck, I just looked at my options, if my d-man was open, and I didn't see that guy coming from behind," said Moncton goaltender Nicola Riopel, who finished with 22 saves, "It was a lucky bounce but, at the same time, that's hockey."

Tyler Fiddler, Joel Broda, Giffin Nyren and Kris Foucault also scored for Calgary while Martin Jones made 34 saves in the Hitmen net.

Alex Saulnier had a pair of the Wildcats, with David Savard and Devon MacAusland adding singles.

Saturday's game was the first of the round-robin for both teams.

Moncton will face Brandon on Sunday afternoon while Calgary's next action is Monday night against 1-and-0 Windsor.

Chaff...Hartney product Del Cowan registered an assist on Calgary's first goal late in the second period...WHL scoring champion Brandon Kozun played only six shifts in the contest, five of which were in the first period, as he continues to be hampered by a right ankle sprain...Calgary D Jayden Rissling left the game early in the first period, prompting the Hitmen to move Cody Sylvester back to the blueline for the final 40 minutes...former Wheat Kings' defenceman Wade Redden dropped the ceremonial opening faceoff Saturday.

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