Marathon hero

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Andrew Ladd has become a Hurricane Killer.

One night after scoring a pair of goals, the Hitmen power forward was the overtime hero as Calgary beat Lethbridge 3-2 to take a 3-1 strangehold in the Eastern Conference quarter-final.

Game 5 goes tomorrow night at the Lethbridge Enmax Centre (7 p.m., The Fan 960).

Calgary's top line of Ladd, Ryan Getzlaf and Shaun Landolt dominated both overtimes. And Ladd was finally rewarded at 4:32 of double OT when he jumped on Getzlaf's rebound and put it past Aaron Sorochan to send the crowd of 17,039 -- the third-largest in WHL playoff history -- into a frenzy.

Ladd was all smiles after scoring the biggest goal of his career.

"It was a great opportunity and I'm glad I was able to bang it home," Ladd said. "I've been in the right spots and I'm getting the right bounces. It was huge. We could have been tied in the series or ahead 3-1. And we definitely didn't want to be tied heading back to Lethbridge."

Getzlaf, who had three assists on the night, said a gritty goal was bound to be the winner.

"It was just a simple play and that's what the playoffs are all about," the captain said.

"I just threw it at the net and Ladd drove hard and put it in the back of the net."

Calgary, who also received goals from Brett Carson and Konstantin Pushkarev, dominated the first sudden-death period, outshooting the 'Canes 14-3.

Pushkarev had the best chance to end it but clanked the iron past Sorochan's outstretched blocker with 7:05 to play.

Rugged blueliner Dylan Yeo brought the crowd to life in the first frame with a pair of big hits and a shot block. But the Sea of Black fell silent later on the same shift as Brennan Chapman broke a 70-minute, 48-second scoring drought for the 'Canes.

Justin Pogge, who recorded a 21-save shutout one night earlier, would have loved a do-over after Chapman floated a shot from the blueline that found the five hole.

The Hitmen tied the affair at 8:26 of the middle stanza. Getzlaf came out of the corner on the powerplay, toe-dragged around a sprawled Brent Seabrook and sent a pass to Carson, who outwaited Sorochan and made a move to the forehand.

Lethbridge regained the lead five minutes later thanks to another gift goal. Pogge, who had trouble with long shots all evening, mishandled Tyler Redenbach's offering from the line. The Hitmen 'tender tried to corral the rebound but missed and then couldn't get his glove on it on the second attempt.

Michael Kaye, seeing his first action of the series, arrived on the scene and chipped the puck into an open net for a 2-1 lead.

Pushkarev forced overtime with his first post-season goal, which also came on the powerplay.


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