Hitmen power past Raiders

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:06 PM ET

No doubt the Prince Albert Raiders would love to burn the Saddledome to the ground.

The Saskatchewan club hadn't won in the building since 1995 and, after last night, their winless streak reached 29 games.

The Calgary Hitmen beat the Raiders 6-0 at the 'Dome and Prince Albert will have to wait until next year to try and get a victory here.

Hitmen rookie netminder Dan Spence, stepping in for injured starter Scott Bowles, made 22 saves for his first career shutout.

Ryan Getzlaf scored a pair for the Hitmen and now has 13 points in his last six games.

Spence, sporting the ugly-player-of-the-game shades after the contest, was pretty mellow talking about his first shutout.

"It feels good. It's like getting your first win, so it's always nice to get that first one," said the 16-year-old. The product of Langley, B.C., now has three wins on the season.

"I wasn't really thinking about it that much but I did look at the clock with four minutes left."

His best save of the night came off the stick of Raiders top gun Kyle Chipchura, who unleashed a wicked wrist shot.

Spence got a piece of it but it was still heading in until he reached back and knocked the puck down, making two saves off one shot.

With the win, the Hitmen improve to 11-5-4-1 and are 3-0-3 during their current seven-game homestand.

The Raiders fall to 6-13-2-1.

The Hitmen penalty killers were outstanding, killing all eight Prince Albert opportunities.

In fact, the Raiders only managed three shots on their first six powerplays.

"We thought we took some bad penalties early on but people stepped up for us. But your best penalty killer is your goalie and he was pretty good tonight," said Calgary co-coach Dean Evason.

Calgary extended its 1-0 first-period lead on Getzlaf's second of the night. He took a perfect feed from Andrew Ladd and one-timed it into the net at 5:05.

Then Ladd did the honours with his ninth of the season as the Hitmen tallied with a two-man advantage at 13:03.

Lee Zalasky rounded out the second-period scoring with a great individual effort, going around defenceman Luke Fritshaw and beating Rejean Beauchemin.

Beauchemin didn't start the third and the Raiders went with rookie Alex Archibald the rest of the way. Getzlaf didn't see any third-period action after taking a misconduct penalty and being benched by coach Kelly Kisio.

It was a penalty-filled opening frame but the Raiders powerplay mustered just two shots on four opportunities.

The Hitmen had two man-advantage chances and capitalized on a Getzlaf slapper from the point at 12:06.

Carrying a 4-0 lead into the final period, the Hitmen got two more goals, from defenceman Brett Carson and import forward Konstantin Pushkarev.


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