Konsorada beats clock

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Calgary couldn't complete the Alberta sweep.

The Brandon Wheat Kings limped into the 'Dome yesterday afternoon carrying a three-game losing skid on their backs.

But the Wheaties, who were outscored a total of 18-4 in blowout losses to Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Red Deer, picked up a well-earned 3-2 overtime victory against the Hitmen.

Nearing the end of wildly entertaining extra time, Tim Konsorada skated into the Calgary zone and fired a wrister over Justin Pogge's glove for the winner with just 3.8 seconds left on the clock.

Konsorada called it a huge win.

"We've been in a slump and it feels good to get out of it," said Konsorada, the Wheat Kings captain, who also scored in the second period.

"But now we have to get ready for Calgary again on Wednesday."

The Hitmen (26-17-6-3) will face the Wheaties in their next two games, Wednesday in Winnipeg and Friday in Brandon.

Pogge was largely responsible for earning a crucial point for the Hitmen, who moved one point clear of the Red Deer Rebels into third spot in the Central Division.

The 18-year-old 'tender stood tall, especially in the first two periods when the visitors carried the play.

Pogge said that's his job.

"I have to keep my team in it every game," he said after turning aside 29 shots.

"You have to come to work and be prepared."

Hitmen rookie Ryan White scored the only goal of the opening frame when he pulled the puck around defender Corey Courchene and sent a backhander past Mike Nichol.

Due to an ever-growing sick bay occupied by veterans Ryan Getzlaf, Brett Carson, Darryl Yacboski and Tyler Harder, the Hitmen kids saw more ice time than usual and made the most of it.

White said it's tough playing without a big chunk of the team.

"It seems every night, more guys are going down," he said.

"But it's great for us young guys. Me and (Keegan) Dansereau are getting tons of ice time so I can't complain.

"It hurts our team, though, because those guys are top-notch players and we need them down the stretch."

Konsorada got Brandon on the board just a minute into the middle stanza when his wrister found the top corner.

Dansereau put Calgary back on top three minutes later.

The 16-year-old fought off a Eric Fehr check all the way to the net and jammed the puck between Nichol's pads.

Brandon's No. 1-ranked powerplay connected at the midway point to knot the game at 2-2.

Pogge, without his stick, made a great stop on Daryl Boyle but the puck came right back to the rookie d-man and he scored his first career WHL goal.

The Wheat Kings outshot Calgary 32-25.


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