Zalasky breaks slump

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:34 AM ET

Lee Zalasky couldn't have picked a better time for a slump-buster.

The Calgary Hitmen forward notched the winner 1:59 into overtime last night in Lethbridge, getting his second of the season and breaking out of a nine-game drought in the process.

With that, the Hitmen emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Hurricanes at the Enmax Centre.

"It was a good feeling and it came at a good time," said Zalasky, 20, who credited linemate Brett O'Malley on the goal with some good work in the corner to get the puck free.

"I shot the puck quite a bit tonight and, when you shoot, you never know what's going to happen."

The Hitmen (6-4-1-1) survived a second-period lapse in which they lost focus. But co-coach Dean Evason said his team got desperate again in the third.

Speedy Hitmen winger Steve Covington opened the scoring with a powerplay goal at 13:37 of the opening frame. It was his fourth of the season.

The 'Canes evened it up 6:30 into the second when Jon Filewich tallied his fourth on the campaign.

Hitmen netminder Scott Bowles kept his club in it, stopping 35 shots.


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