Hitmen manage draw

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

On paper, the Calgary Hitmen's 3-3 draw last night in Moose Jaw doesn't look that impressive.

Under the circumstances, it felt a little better.

With points at a premium in the WHL's congested Central Division, the Hitmen needed a win against the Warriors, the worst team in the league.

But after fighting their way out of a 3-1 third-period hole, the single point tasted pretty sweet. Hitmen co-coach Dean Evason said you can look at the result both ways.

"We would have liked to have two points but coming back from a 3-1 deficit is a good result, too," said Evason after Jeff Schultz and Konstantin Pushkarev scored in the final frame to earn the visitors the tie.

Overager Brett O'Malley scored the only goal of the first period but the Warriors scored three unanswered goals in the middle frame.

Former Hitmen blueliner Dan Ehrman got the home side started just 34 seconds in before Kenndal McArdle potted a pair less than three minutes apart.

Schultz scored his second goal of the season while shorthanded 5:46 into the third and Pushkarev sniped his 19th of the campaign on the powerplay with six minutes remaining.

Justin Pogge turned aside 32 shots between the pipes for Calgary and kept Evason's club in the game.

"He held us in there and didn't let the game get out of hand in the second period," Evason said.

"They're a desperate hockey club and they came at us hard.

"We were able to weather the storm and came back in the third."

Both teams were 1-for-7 with the man-advantage while the Hitmen outshot Moose Jaw 45-35.

Calgary continues its two-game roadie tonight in Swift Current against the 18-30-6-2 Broncos (6 p.m., AM960 The Fan).

The Hitmen return home for weekend games against the Kootenay Ice Saturday (7 p.m.) and Saskatoon Sunday (2:30 p.m.)


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