White tallies in overtime as Hitmen clip Rockets

CAM MAXWELL, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

Normally it's Ryan White setting up linemate Brodie Dupont's big shot for a goal.

But last night it was Dupont feeding White for the game-winner six seconds into overtime as the Calgary Hitmen beat the Kelowna Rockets 4-3 at the Saddledome.

Dupont had a big night, getting the Gordie Howe hat-trick with two goals, an assist and a fight.

It was tied 2-2 in the third when Dupont's second of the game, a bad-angle shot that beat Rockets netminder Torrie Jung at 9:44, gave the Hitmen (22-11-0-3) the lead.

The cushion was shortlived as Kelowna's Colin Long tied it up just over a minute later by redirecting a Lucas Bloodoff pass and scoring the goal that sent it into OT.

Calgary opened the scoring in the first period on a goal from Keegan Dansereau, a low wrist shot from the slot, at 9:26. But the Rockets tied it less than two minutes later on David Schulz's powerplay goal from the point that Hitmen netminder Dan Spence stopped but the puck came out of his sweater and rolled into the net.

The visitors went up 2-1 at 3:19 of the second on Bloodoff's tally. Calgary evened it up on a Dupont one-timer at 8:13, his 20th goal of the season after taking a pass from White.

Then the Hitmen produced a clutch penalty kill, shutting down the Rockets' -- who have the worst powerplay in the WHL -- two-minute, two-man advantage.

Kelowna falls to 10-19-2-3 and has just four road wins this season.

The contest was delayed 15 minutes before the start of the final frame after a decal under the ice surface became exposed and had to be frozen over.

The Hitmen were without defenceman Karl Alzner, who made Canada's world junior team, and Freddie Pettersson, who will suit up for Sweden in his homeland when the tournament starts Boxing Day.


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