Newbie brothers

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

Tyrel Lucas couldn't have scripted a better debut.

The 20-year-old centre, acquired Monday as part of a six-player deal with Prince George, scored and chipped in with a pair of assists as the Hitmen edged the Saskatoon Blades 4-3 last night at the 'Dome.

Goaltender Justin Pogge, who was acquired with Lucas and defenceman Dylan Yeo, made 21 saves to pick up his first win in a Hitmen uniform.

"I'm really excited to be here," said Lucas, whose third-period marker held up as the game winner.

"Playing in front of 7,000 fans really gets you up. In the first game, you're a little jittery just trying to make a good impression on the coach."

With the teams tied 2-2 in the third, Konstantin Pushkarev picked up a loose puck at the side of the Saskatoon net, circled out front and slid a shot past Blades starter Ryan Cyr for his second goal of the night.

Lucas notched the winner just 1:38 later when he deflected a Brett Carson point shot into the back of the net.

Saskatoon's Aaron Bader made a game of it when he snuck behind the Calgary defence and scored a breakaway goal on a Blades powerplay with 3:03 to play.

But Pogge boarded up the net the rest of the way as Calgary (20-15-4-4) moved into sole possession of third place in the Central Division.

Hitmen GM-coach Kelly Kisio was happy with the effort from his new acquisitions.

"They looked real good," Kisio said. "Pogge made some real big saves and kept things calm back there.

"And Lucas played a heck of a game. He made some plays and competed hard.

"That was a good hockey team over there and we only had three lines."

Calgary once again played without leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf, who is out with a bad elbow and a touch of the flu.

The world juniors star expects to return for Saturday's game against the visiting Kamloops Blazers.

Both goaltenders were on their game in the scoreless opening frame.

Pogge flashed the right pad to deny Bader on a close-in deflection six minutes in. A few seconds later, Cyr stood his ground and turned away Ryan White's shorthanded breakaway.

Lucas nearly hit the scoresheet early when he was left unchecked in front. The 20-year-old unleashed a shot from the hashmarks but missed the mark three minutes before the intermission.

Dustin Kohn opened the scoring 4:24 into the middle stanza when his long-range snapshot hit Cyr's pad, bounced up in the air and trickled across the line.

Saskatoon's Joe Barnes got that one back less than two minutes later as he one-timed a cross-ice feed from Devin Setoguchi past Pogge on a Blades powerplay.

Pushkarev showed good hand-eye coordination to put the Hitmen back on top on a powerplay of their own.

Lucas' original shot deflected off a skate and fluttered to the side of the net where the Russian rookie batted it in out of mid air.

Calgarian Mike Green, the league's highest-scoring defenceman, set up the equalizer before the period was out. The Washington Capitals prospect delayed before finding the late trailer, Ryan Menei, who went top shelf.

Calgary outshot the visitors 25-16 through 40 minutes.


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