Rookie winger melts Ice

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Keegan Dansereau thought his shot would sail wide.

Fortunately for the Calgary Hitmen rookie, his bullet of a one-timer found the top shelf, giving the 16-year-old his first WHL goal.

It helped the Calgary Hitmen to a 2-0 win over the Western Hockey League-leading Kootenay Ice last night at the Saddledome.

The Saskatoon product tallied at 12:12 of the second period, taking a pass from blueliner Dustin Kohn.

"It just popped on my stick after Kohn threw it out to me ... and I thought it was going to miss," said Dansereau, who has sat out six games with a knee injury.

"I had one-timer in my mind and, in the back of my mind, I had miss. So it's one of those things. Now (the other rookies who have scored) can't beak at me as much so it's pretty good."

Defenceman Darryl Yacboski also scored for Calgary in the second period, getting his second of the season on a point shot that beat screened Ice goalie Jeff Glass.

For the Hitmen (5-3-1-1), it was easily their best effort on home ice this season as they snapped a two-game losing streak. They outworked and outplayed the Ice (6-3-1), as the visitors didn't register their third shot on goal until midway through the second period.

"The effort was right up there with Swift Current (a 4-0 road win). Both games were real solidly played on our part," said Hitmen GM-head coach Kelly Kisio.

"All the guys on our team played solid hockey. We feel good when we challenge the guys and after the last couple of games, we challenged them. We challenged them tonight to play and do what we ask them and they did."

With nothing going right for the Ice, things got out of control late in the third as four separate fights broke out in the final minute. First, Calgary's Andrew Ladd beat on James Cherewyk, then Shaun Landolt took on Casey Lee and Yacboski and Josh Fauth went at it.

And if that wasn't enough, the Hitmen's Darryl Moscaluk fought Devin Welsh with 3.5 seconds remaining, prompting Ice head coach Cory Houston and Kisio to exchange heated words across the benches.

"It was a little friendly chat, that's all," said Kisio.

Despite playing a great game and assisting on Yakboski's goal, Hitmen captain Ryan Getzlaf was benched for most of the third. "He took a selfish penalty (slashing) and we're trying to make our guys accountable and that's what happens," said Kisio.


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