White ends Rocket flight

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Ryan White has shot down more Rockets than the Patriot Missile Air Defence System.

The Calgary Hitmen winger, who scored the overtime winner against Kelowna last month at the 'Dome, was the hero again yesterday.

White scored a shorthanded goal, a powerplay marker and added a pair of helpers as the Hitmen beat the Rockets 5-1.

Freddie Pettersson, Keegan Dansereau and Brodie Dupont also scored for Calgary (26-19-2-4), which snapped a three-game losing skid.

"I'm happy to get the points," White said.

"But the two points (in the standings) were the biggest for us. We needed those two points.

"Every single guy put their nose down and got to work tonight.

"Hopefully this gets us out of our slump. Last time we won, we went back to sleep for a couple of days."

Rookie goalie Martin Jones kicked out 18 shots to pick up his sixth win of the campaign as Calgary won for just the second time in its last 10 outings.

Head coach Kelly Kisio characterized his club's effort as the best he has seen since before the Christmas break. And White's performance couldn't have come at a better time, he said.

"Good leaders will do that, step up and be the best player on the ice," Kisio said.

"He was, by far, the best player on the ice tonight.

"And we need him to be, every night."

The Hitmen scored a pair of shorthanded goals and White's third-period powerplay tally snapped an 0-for-22 drought with the man advantage.

Pettersson potted the first shorty after he took a pass from White, outwaited Kelowna starter Kristofer Westblom and went top shelf.

The Hitmen struck again while a man short early in the middle frame. Dupont forced a turnover behind the Kelowna cage and sent a behind-the-back pass in front to White, who scored his 22nd of the season.

The home side didn't fare as well when both White and Dansereau were sent off at the same stoppage in play.

Tysen Dowzak bounced a slapshot off Hitmen defenceman Alex Plante and past Jones on the 5-on-3.

But Dansereau restored Calgary's two-goal cushion from a near-impossible angle less than two minutes later.

Dupont snapped a nine-game goal-less spell late in the third period by potting his 24th of the season.

HIT PARADE:

The three stars were Hitmen C Ryan White, LW Freddie Pettersson and D Karl Alzner ... Not dressed for the Hitmen were RW Ryan Letts (knee, indefinite), C Riley Merkley (concussion, indefinite), D Dan Mercer and D Ryan Gillen ... The Hitmen host the red-hot Kootenay Ice, winners of 13 of their last 14 games, Wednesday (7 p.m. at the 'Dome).


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