White on the money

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

All the kid does is score game-winners.

Ryan White's second goal of the season and second game-winner helped power the Calgary Hitmen to a 4-1 win over the Regina Pats last night at the Saddledome in front of 6,796 fans.

The 16-year-old from Brandon, Man., beat Pats goalie Dustin Slade midway through the second period with a powerplay goal.

The puck found its way onto his stick following some great work by Riley Merkley in front of the Regina goal.

"I didn't mean to get the game-winner both nights but those are the icing on the cake," said White, who played midget with the Brandon Wheat Kings last season. "We played pretty good tonight and got a few good bounces and that goal was a good bounce. It landed right on my stick, so why not shoot? I was just in the right spot at the right time."

White is on a new line with Merkley at centre and Brodie Dupont, another Manitoba rookie, on the other wing.

"Merkley sees the ice well and he works hard all over the ice. Dupes is a power forward from Manitoba -- he's my kind of guy," said White, who wore the ugly aviator shades given to the team's player of the game.

Hitmen GM-head coach Kelly Kisio put the line together on the weekend in Swift Current and he's more than happy with White's effort this season.

"He's been great all year. All he does is play and play hard every night and he keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny," noted Kisio.

As they did in a 4-0 win over the Broncos Sunday, the Hitmen again got two powerplay goals -- White's and another from Steve Covington. The Hitmen began last night's game converting at a 10% rate with the extra man (6-for-40). They went 2-for-6 against Regina.

"We weren't pretty (on the powerplay) but we got it done," said Kisio."There are a couple lines that all they need to do is get the puck to the net and it's going to work for them."

The Pats' Jon Bubnick, the younger brother of former Hitmen player Michael Bubnick, got the lone marker for the visitors, while Roman Tomanek and Andrew Ladd added third-period insurance goals for the Hitmen. Calgary improved to 4-1-1-1, while the Pats fall to 1-6.

Calgary's goalie Scott Bowles stopped 20 shots in posting his fourth consecutive win.

HIT PARADE: Hitmen rookie F Keegan Dansereau (knee) was a late scratch from the game as he recovers from a sprained MCL, while F Aaron Roberge, F Paul Gentile, F Cody McMullin and freshman F Isaac White were the healthy scratches.


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