Ladd named week's top dog

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Better late than never. In fact, better late than at any other time of the season.

The Calgary Hitmen, the only team in the Eastern Conference not to have a member selected as Greyhound WHL player of the week during the regular season, got on the board yesterday.

Andrew Ladd -- who scored five goals, including back-to-back overtime winners -- picked up the weekly honours.

Ladd scored a shorthanded game winner in Game 2, potted a pair in a Game 3 victory and then struck in sudden death in each of the next two games.

Overage winger Brett O'Malley said his teammate's timing couldn't have been better.

"It came at the right time," O'Malley said.

"He picked a good time to get hot.

"Everything he shoots is going in the net right now."

With Ladd and linemate Ryan Getzlaf (one goal and seven assists) finding the net regularly, the entire team is brimming with confidence.

"That line is such a huge part of our team," O'Malley said.

"If they're not going, most nights we won't have many goals on the board.

"But when they're going, it definitely gives our team a lot of confidence."

Ladd said the trio, which also includes centre Shaun Landolt, has elevated its play in the post-season.

"Obviously, I didn't have the kind of regular season I would have liked," Ladd said.

"It's nice that things have come together in the playoffs.

"This is when you need guys stepping up. We had a lot of guys who stepped up -- Getz could just as easily have won it, too."

Ladd and Co., who eliminated the Lethbridge Hurricanes in five games, returned to the ice yesterday for a leisurely scrimmage after taking the weekend off.

"It was nice to get your body back to where it should be," Ladd said of the brief break.

"That's the best part about finishing in five games.

"You get that extra time to rest up and get ready for the next round."


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