Crossing the line

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

The game-winning goal may or may not have even crossed the goal-line.

It's all a matter of perspective.

Hitmen defenceman Karl Alzner was credited with the winner late in the first period of Calgary's series-evening 2-1 victory over Lethbridge at the 'Dome last night.

With the Hitmen leading 1-0, Alzner pinched in from the line and chopped a loose puck over Justin Leclerc.

The rookie 'tender reached back and appeared to make an unbelievable glove save but Referee Cory McLean ruled the puck crossed the line, although replays indicated otherwise.

If you ask Alzner, it was definitely a goal.

"Honestly, I think it was," Alzner deadpanned. "It was in his glove but it was also in the net.

"It was just barely across the line. I'm sticking to that.

"I'll take it, I'll take 50 of those."

The series, tied at two games apiece, resumes tomorrow at noon (The Fan 960).

The early start is to accommodate the Calgary Roughnecks National Lacrosse League game (7:30 p.m.) against San Jose.

The OHL brought in video replay for the playoffs, a move Lethbridge bench boss Michael Dyck wishes had also been made out west.

"Yeah, we had a chance to take a look at it after and the puck definitely never crossed the line," Dyck said.

"We got a bad break there but we weren't expecting any breaks coming into this series. We have to fight through that."

Brodie Dupont also scored on the powerplay for Calgary, which received a 33-save performance from Justin Pogge, who returned to fine form after a shaky start to the series.

Hitmen head coach Kelly Kisio felt the goal should have counted.

"If you look at it, his hand is going back, so I would say it was in," Kisio said.

"But if it wasn't in, it was the only break we've gotten in the whole series."

The Hitmen continued to run into penalty trouble but managed to kill off nine of the Hurricanes 10 powerplays.

Jeff Schultz, the best player on the ice from start to finish, kickstarted the Calgary offence on an early powerplay.

His point blast was redirected in front by Dupont at the 3:13 mark.

Immediately following Alzner's controversial game-winner, Lethbridge was handed a lengthy 5-on-3 and despite a trio of stops by Pogge during a wild scramble, Flames prospect Kris Hogg put the visitors on the board.

The overworked Hitmen penalty killers kept it a one-goal affair during a scoreless second period by shutting the 'Canes down on three more powerplay attempts. Lethbridge had eight man-advantage opportunities through 40 minutes.


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