Daniel Spence was anything but rusty. The Hitmen rookie goaltender, making his first start in seven weeks, backstopped Calgary to a 2-1 overtime win in Regina last night.
GM/head coach Kelly Kisio was impressed with the 16-year-old puckstopper, who made 34 saves.
"He was real solid," Kisio said. "They had a lot of quality scoring chances and he came up large on four or five of them."
Konstantin Pushkarev won it for the visitors when he skated in on a three-on-one and sent a laser just under the crosbar.
Kisio has been on the rookie import's case of late in an attempt to get him to shoot more.
"Usually he'll pass or fire it over the net," Kisio said. "But tonight he got a chance to shoot it and he hit the net.
Tyrel Lucas snapped a scoreless draw at the 13:21 mark of the middle frame. The overager ended a six-game goal-less drought when he coralled a loose puck and, with Regina goaltender David Reekie out of the net, found the empty cage for a shorthanded marker.
Regina's Jonathan Bubnick, younger brother of former Hitmen Michael, scored a shorthanded goal of his own midway through the third to force overtime.
Calgary took two out of three games on the road trip, which included a split with Brandon, and will host the Vancouver Giants Wednesday night (7 p.m., AM960 The Fan).
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CALGARY HITMEN: 2
REGINA PATS: 1