Can't keep up with Jones

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:07 AM ET

Give him an inch and he'll change the entire series.

The Calgary Hitmen held Blair Jones in check for six straight periods.

But the Moose Jaw sniper found a little bit of open ice and that's all he needed to put the Warriors back in the series.

Jones went hard to the net and redirected a feed from Riley Holzapfel past Justin Pogge at 1:27 of overtime to give the Warriors a series-evening 3-2 victory.

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal goes tomorrow night in Moose Jaw.

Jones' deflection didn't seem to go where he wanted. But he's not worried about style points.

"I was just, more or less, trying to put it on net," Jones said of the decisive tally. "I wasn't really concerned about where it was going. Luckily enough, it went in. But we'll take it and move forward."

Brodie Dupont and Ryan White scored for Calgary, which now faces the daunting task of winning one of possibly three games in Moose Jaw.

As heartbreaking as any overtime loss is for a team, it was the way the Hitmen lost that is perhaps more troubling.

They pride themselves on a superior work ethic, which, along with Justin Pogge's goaltending, was the only reason Calgary was among the league's best teams during the regular season.

Yesterday, the Hitmen were outworked for long stretches of time in their own barn.

Assistant coach Dave Lowry didn't attempt to hide his disappointment, especially after his troops played a near-perfect series-opener the previous day.

"We gave them an opportunity to get back in the series," Lowry said. "When we're successful, we have 20 guys doing their jobs.

"At this time of the year, you can't afford to have guys taking afternoons off."

The Hitmen took a 1-0 lead into the middle frame, thanks to Dupont's powerplay marker. But the Warriors completely dominated the second period, holding Calgary without a shot for 9:50.

At the other end, the Tribe was rewarded with a pair of goals, from Steven Gillen and Andre Herman.

Gillen's goal, an off-speed wrister from the top of the circles, snapped Pogge's shutout string at 95:51.

Dupont said there was no excuse for handing the visitors all the momentum.

"It's almost like they took a page out of our chapter," said Dupont, who also drew an assist on White's game-tying goal in the third.

"We weren't as good as we wanted to be in the second and they definitely took it to us. And if you give a team like that, with the best offence in the league, even half a chance, they'll bury it."


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