Stone cold

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Ryan Stone is a Calgarian but the Saddledome doesn't make him feel at home.

During his WHL career, the Brandon Wheat Kings sniper has scored just one goal in six Saddledome appearances, including last night's 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Stone, who had no shots on goal last night, shrugged when asked about his production in the Hitmen's rink.

"It's a different atmosphere in here. They've always had good players on that team and they tend to shut you down. I've got to get it going, I guess," said Stone, whose name and number are still etched by his old stall in the Calgary Northstars dressing room at Max Bell Centre, harkening back to his days in the Alberta Midget Hockey League.

"It's just another road game for me, pretty much. Because it's in my hometown, I have a couple more fans."

Stone was booed heartily late in the third period after he rocked Hitmen rearguard Brett Carson with a shoulder.

Carson, who has a history of concussions, crumpled to the ice and lay motionless for a several minutes before getting to his feet and making his way back to the bench.

Not only was the 20-year-old Stone a target of jeers by the 15,100 in attendance, he became a marked man in the eyes of the Hitmen players, who went after him near the end of the game, causing a major brouhaha.

"I hit him with my shoulder," Stone argued.

"His head was down. I might have clipped his head a bit but I saw it on the replay after and I didn't think there was anything terribly wrong with it.

"I expected them to come after me because I took a liberty on someone who had his head down. But it's over with and I'm just going to rest tonight and get ready for tomorrow night."

Wheat Kings bench boss Kelly McCrimmon said Stone didn't have his best outing.

"I think Ryan could have played better tonight. To be honest, we had a number of guys that could have been better," McCrimmon said.

"I didn't think we were real poor but certainly at this time of year it's about bringing your best game for the entire game."


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