Hurtin' Hitmen steal victory

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Steve Covington couldn't have picked a better time to catch fire.

The veteran Calgary forward scored his second game-winner in as many nights as the shorthanded Hitmen earned a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Blades in Saskatoon.

Covington converted a Lukas Vantuch feed with 3:46 to play in the third period as the visitors overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits.

Head coach Kelly Kisio said the 19-year-old winger has been dynamite on the Saskatchewan road trip.

"Covington ... two game-winners in the last five minutes," Kisio said. "We'll take that."

The Hitmen took 35 shots through the opening 40 minutes but were rewarded with just a single goal.

"We put ourselves in a bad position," Kisio said. "I didn't think our effort was real good in the first two periods.

"We finally got our legs going in the third period."

Dylan Yeo scored a second-period marker before the Hitmen (28-10-1-0) struck for three unanswered goals in the final frame.

Kris Deines and Brodie Dupont, on the powerplay, brought the Hitmen even at 3-3.

Kisio applauded the work of the Dupont-Ryan White-Keegan Dansereau trio.

"They were snakebit the first two periods," Kision said. "They had a lot of chances but weren't rewarded until the third period."

Both teams played without their No. 1 goaltenders -- Hitmen Justin Pogge for Canada and Anton Khudobin for Russian -- will face each other in the world junior gold-medal final tonight.

But rookie Braden Holtby, who filled in for Khudobin, nearly stole the show, stopping 49 of 53 shots in his WHL debut.

Daniel Spence made 26 saves to improve to 6-5-1 on the season.

Calgary got d-man Alex Plante back from the U-17 world tournament but he lasted just one shift.

He suffered a hip flexor injury at the tournament and will likely be out of the lineup tomorrow when Calgary visits Swift Current (6:30 p.m., thefan960.com).


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