Top line breaks strange streak

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

With one flick of his wrists, Ryan White cracked a couple of goose eggs.

The 17-year-old Calgary Hitmen forward scored his first goal of the playoffs and the tally stands as the first five-on-five goal the WHL team scored in its series against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

After yesterday's 3-2 overtime triumph at the Saddledome, Calgary leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can finish it tonight in Lethbridge. And White is breathing a big sigh of relief.

"That's what I've been wanting all series long here, to get the monkey off my back," said the Brandon, Man., product, who was tied for the league lead in scoring this season with 53 points.

"I've been bugging (linemates) Brodie (Dupont) and Derek (LeBlanc) and telling them to get me the puck a little bit more. Brodie told me to go the front of the net and I'll bang one in."

That's pretty much how White got his goal as he pounced on a loose puck in front after a scramble.

White also had a hand in Dupont's overtime winner, just 46 seconds into the extra frame as he made a pass to LeBlanc, who found an open Dupont in the circle.

"Karl Alzner made a good pinch to keep the puck in and I just chipped it down low to Derek and he made a great play, a nice behind-the-back pass. Moose doesn't miss many from there, so we'll take that," said White with a grin.

All in all, it was a great contest for Calgary's No. 1 line of White, Dupont and LeBlanc, which accumulated seven points. It was even better for the Hitmen because they gave the gritty 'Canes just one powerplay.

"Our work ethic made them retaliate and we had guys who were going to the net with their nose down, taking shots in the face and didn't say a word. That's what we needed," White said. "We worked and when we work, we're one of the best teams in the league and I think we showed it today."


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