Kisio's hot after team blows cool

Kootenay's Brett Sutter, son of Calgary Flames GM/coach Darryl, stands up Hitmen captain Ryan...

Kootenay's Brett Sutter, son of Calgary Flames GM/coach Darryl, stands up Hitmen captain Ryan Getzlaf in the third period last night. Calgary came up short against one of the WHL's elite teams again, losing 4-2. (Calgary Sun/Darren Makowichuk)

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Jammed to the rafters, the 'Dome faithful hoped to watch the Calgary Hitmen win their final regular-season home game.

Instead, they witnessed the local WHL club melt down in the third period against the Kootenay Ice in a 4-2 loss.

The 18,028 on hand saw a seemingly endless parade to the penalty box, something that ultimately cost the Hitmen, who gave up nine powerplay chances to the Ice.

Kootenay's Martin Sagat tallied the game winner at 7:23 of the third with Darryl Moscaluk in the sin bin for cross-checking in the offensive zone.

Hitmen GM/co-coach Kelly Kisio wasn't impressed, mostly at his team's lack of discipline with the contest on the line in the final frame.

"It was a 2-2 hockey game and we take a dumb penalty. We were in the box for most of the game and you can't do that," said Kisio.

"The Moscaluk penalty kind of hurt us and the stupid penalties come back to haunt you. Then it got real stupid after that."

That's when Ryan Getzlaf took a five-minute slashing penalty, complete with a game misconduct at 15:20. Then Hitmen netminder Justin Pogge got fingered for slashing at 15:58 and promptly got the hook from Kisio.

"That's just stupidity. He can't take penalties like that. He was better than that when he got here and now he's got to be smarter and worry about stopping the puck," Kisio said.

After the contest, the players had a closed-door meeting and Andrew Ladd said each and every guy in the room needs to look in the mirror.

"At this point in the season, there are some guys on the team who have got to figure out if they want to be here or not. If they don't, then we don't need them. Everyone's got to look at themselves," said Ladd.

Shaun Landolt, who had a goal and an assist, reckons he knows what the problem is.

"We can't talk anymore and what it comes down to, I think, is either guys are being selfish or lazy at times. We've just got to pick it up," said Landolt.

And the Hitmen only have two regular-season games remaining to get it together before the playoffs.

Landolt started things off well for Calgary with a powerplay tally 3:38 into the game. He took a feed from Konstantin Pushkarev and wired a wrist shot from the slot past Jeff Glass.

The lead didn't last long, though.

Brett Carson lost the puck in his skates at Calgary's blueline and Kootenay rookie Ben Maxwell grabbed the biscuit, raced in on a breakaway and made no mistake, going backhand, top shelf on Pogge at 7:25.

The Hitmen regained the lead with another man-advantage tally, this one off the stick of Ryan Getzlaf, who fired a pinpoint wrist shot past Glass's glove and into the top right corner at 11:03 of the second for his 28th goal of the year.

But just like in the first, the Ice replied four minutes later when Nigel Dawes tallied his 35th this season, beating Pogge with a low slapshot to the far corner.

With that goal, Dawes extended his points streak to 17 games, longest in the WHL this season.

Ryan Russell scored the fourth Ice goal at 12:49 of the third, putting the game away.

The Hitmen (33-23-9-5) have four days off before their next game in Lethbridge Friday. The Hitmen end the season Saturday in Red Deer.


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