Duval collects junk but gets job done

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:55 AM ET

Garbage goals or highlight-reel works of art?

It's all in the eye of the beholder.

For Ian Duval, who scored two of the Hitmen's four powerplay goals, including the game-winner, it was clearly the latter.

"Oh, they were beauties," Duval said despite being unable to keep a straight face.

"Every goal is a beauty."

Everything looks better after a win. And Duval was seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses after yesterday afternoon's 4-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers.

Ryan White and Karl Alzner also lit the lamp with the man advantage as Calgary moved back into third place in the Central Division at 32-22-3-4.

Truth be told, Duval's markers, which were near carbon copies, did require deft hand-eye co-ordination.

On both occasions, a point shot was blocked in front of the net, where the opportunistic Duval was waiting to pounce.

The Hitmen powerplay had struggled, going 3-for-21 in the previous four games, prior to yesterday's explosion.

"We worked on it Saturday in practice and I thought we moved the puck pretty good," Duval said. "The biggest thing was puck retrieval. We had three guys on it all night.

"We got to the net and got some greasy goals."

Calgary's 2-1 lead turned into a 3-2 deficit in a 22-second span early in the third period as Ivan Rohac and Brenden Dowd silenced the Saddledome crowd of 13,795.

But Alzner, who also had a pair of helpers, and Duval beat High River product Dustin Butler to give the Hitmen a much-needed 'W.'

Calgary leads fourth-place Red Deer by a point and own a 10-point cushion over basement-dwelling Lethbridge.

Ray Macias also scored for Kamloops (38-18-2-1) as Dan Spence kicked out 25 shots to pick up the win.

HIT PARADE:

The three stars were Calgary D Karl Alzner, Calgary C Ian Duval and Kamloops D Ray Macias ... Not dressed for the Hitmen were RW Ryan Letts (knee, indefinite), D Alex Plante (elbow, indefinite), D Brett Plouffe and LW Brendan Rowinski ... The Hitmen begin a three-game road trip through Saskatchewan starting tomorrow in Saskatoon.


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