Lanky Schultz comes up huge

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Jeff Schultz picked the best time for one of his finest performances in a Calgary Hitmen uniform.

The lanky defenceman was a rock on the blueline last night at the Saddledome as the Hitmen defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 2-1 to even their WHL quarter-final series 2-2.

Schultz, who stands 6 ft. 7 in., got things started on the right foot early in the first on a partial breakaway, which drew a penalty.

Then his shot from the point on the ensuing powerplay was redirected by Brodie Dupont for Calgary's first goal at 2:13 of the opening frame. The Hitmen never trailed after that.

"I think it all started off on that first shift," said the Calgary product, 20, who is a Capitals prospect. "That semi-breakaway there drew the penalty, then we finished it off by scoring."

Schultz, who now has four points in the post-season, said he thought the goal was his but wasn't about to argue the point.

"They gave it to Dupont but it doesn't matter, it's for the team," he said.

Not to be overlooked was his outstanding defensive play. Schultz broke up several two-on-ones, which could have easily been converted by the 'Canes.

"They're so fast out there and they generate a lot of speed through the neutral zone, so I just try to keep a tight gap and use my long stick in the passing lane," said Schultz.

"It just happened to hit my stick a couple of times and overall we played real solid."

With the Hitmen killing a penalty, Schultz made a great play on Roman Wick by coming around and poking away the puck to a teammate, who cleared it down the ice.

"They really like to protect the puck and isolate the man in the corner and we're not forcing them too much, we're just letting them come to us and make that decision of whether to keep it or pass it," said

While Calgary did a good job penalty killing, allowing one goal in 10 Lethbridge opportunities, Schultz acknowledged his team must be more disciplined.

"It seems the refs are back to calling everything like they did early in the season but we can control some of the penalties like high sticks and leaving our feet," he said. "If we can cut down on that, it should be positive."


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