CALGARY HITMEN 5 MOOSE JAW WARRIORS 1
SUN THREE STARS:
1. Tyrel Lucas, Hitmen: Two big goals and a spirited bout.
2. Dustin Kohn, Hitmen: Another strong game on the back end.
3. Ryan Getzlaf, Hitmen: A wizard on the powerplay, had two helpers.
The Hitmen have struggled to find the net lately but a pair of goals two minutes apart in the second period by Darryl Moscaluk and Tyrel Lucas, gave the team a surge of confidence. The Warriors rarely threatened the rest of the way.
SAVE OF THE GAME:
Thirty seconds after stoning Calgary Flames prospect Dustin Boyd with a nice glove stop in the second period, Justin Pogge came up with his biggest save of the game. Riley Holzapfel, whose 14 goals leads all 16-year-olds, broke in and made a deke to his backhand but Pogge stretched out the left pad to keep the Warriors off the board.
HIT OF THE GAME:
Hitmen LW Andrew Ladd blasted Dustin Boyd into the boards in the second period.
Hitmen C Riley Merkley was effective down low and also contributed a pair of assists.
Calgary's Tyrel Lucas, unhappy with a high stick from Blair Jones, dropped the gloves and received a few early shots. But the overager came back strong, threw Jones to the ice and landed some heavy blows.
WHAT DOES IT MEANS:
The third-place Hitmen (31-21-7-4) move three points clear of Red Deer, which visits the 'Dome tomorrow night.
Hitmen import RW Roman Tomanek, thought lost for the season after suffering a shoulder injury Nov. 5, is skating by himself and could return in late March.
The Hitmen host the Red Deer Rebels tomorrow night (7 p.m., The Fan 960).