Ice beats the buzzer

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

The Calgary Hitmen found a crack in the Ice -- and then fell through it themselves. Trailing 2-0 late in the third period, the Hitmen rattled off three goals in three minutes.

But Kootenay's Dale Mahovsky scored with just 5.7 seconds remaining to give the WHL's top team a 3-3 draw last night at the 'Dome.

Hitmen forward Ryan Getzlaf, who returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a concussion, said when a team catches fire like the Ice clearly has, the bounces will go its way.

"They're on a roll and everyone's feeling good over there," Getzlaf said of the Ice, who ran their streak of consecutive games without a regulation loss to 21.

"They're confident, so you have to put them away."

Getzlaf sparked the comeback with 6:16 remaining. Cochrane product Jeff Glass stopped Brett Carson's shot and denied Andrew Ladd's poke at the rebound but Getzlaf found the empty net to get Calgary on the board on the powerplay.

Rookie Brodie Dupont squared the game at two on another man-advantage situation.

Tyrel Lucas's shot bounced off Glass, went high in the air and landed near the goal-line where Dupont jammed it home.

Overager Shaun Landolt looked like he had scored the winner 45 seconds later when his wrister beat a screened Glass and sent the crowd of 12,492 into a frenzy.

But with Glass on the bench for the extra man, the Ice continued to press and finally got the equalizer when Mahovsky wired a shot over Justin Pogge's blocker.

The Hitmen nearly ended it in the extra session when Getzlaf and Ladd broke in on a 2-on-1 but Glass slid across to stop Ladd's one-timer.

Getzlaf said he was almost ready to celebrate, figuring it was a sure goal.

"I thought he had it," Getzlaf said. "But Glass came across and made a good save. That's why he's Glass and that's why they're doing so well.

"We're not overly disappointed in tonight's effort. I thought the guys played pretty well and things paid off for us in the third when we buried a couple.

"That's the second-ranked team in the country so you have to take what you can and get ready for tomorrow."

The Hitmen (30-20-7-4) host the Saskatoon Blades this afternoon (2:30 p.m., The Fan 960).

World junior star Nigel Dawes, who leads the league with 11 game-winning goals, got Kootenay started midway through the opening period.

With a delayed penalty coming against the Hitmen, Mahovsky gained the Calgary blueline and waited for traffic to head to the net.

He then sent a perfect pass to the side of the cage where Dawes neatly deflected it past Pogge.

Neither team generated much in a listless middle frame during which the Hitmen outshot the visitors 6-3.

The Ice earned a two-goal cushion with a powerplay marker halfway through the final frame.

Martin Sagat sent a cross-ice feed to Adam Taylor, who one-timed it past Pogge, to set up the wild finish.

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CALGARY HITMEN: 3

KOOTENAY ICE: 3


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