Chunks fly in victory

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

Glenn Hall has nothing on Dan Spence.

Mr. Goalie, who once played 503 consecutive games with the Chicago Blackhawks, used to vomit before taking the ice.

But he never did it on the ice, as far as we know.

Halfway through the first period of yesterday's 5-1 win over the visiting Saskatoon Blades, Spence made a bee-line for the Hitmen bench during a stoppage in play.

He didn't make it in time.

The starting 'tender pulled off his mask and left a chunky puddle inside the Hitmen blueline as his teammates looked on in horror.

And he wasn't done there.

"I hate puke," d-man Karl Alzner said. "And he let it go right when he came by me so I had to get out of there.

"He said he was holding it in his mouth and he had to let some go halfway and then left the rest in the bench.

"It was disgusting."

Brodie Dupont, one of five Calgary goal scorers, was in complete agreement.

"That's the most disgusting thing I've seen in a long time," Dupont said. "I was wondering why he was coming to the bench."

Derek LeBlanc, Ryan White, Steve Covington and Devon Kalinski also scored for the Hitmen (38-24-3-4), who clinched third place in the Central Division and a first-round playoff matchup with the Kootenay Ice.

But Spence, who was only forced to make a dozen saves on the afternoon, was the story of the game witnessed by a franchise-record crowd of 19,017 at the Saddledome (second in WHL history behind Portland's 19,107).

Not only did he toss his cookies -- or specifically, homemade pizza that wasn't cooked well enough -- he also tossed some knuckles with Blades counterpart Garrett Zemlak after the final buzzer.

"I know him and he's a nice kid," Spence said of his bout with Zemlak, who was cut by the Hitmen at last fall's training camp.

"I got that first shot in and felt kind of bad and that's when he got me."

The fight ended a lot faster than the purging incident, which Spence tried to spare the fans from witnessing.

"It was coming up when the play was on. When the whistle came, I couldn't hold it in my cheeks.

"I didn't want the fans to see too much of that."

Oh, but they did.

So did GM/head coach Kelly Kisio, who was almost reaching for his own barf bag.

"I almost gagged myself," Kisio said.

"Otts (assistant Joel Otto) and I were running for the other end of the bench.

"My stomach is weak. If I smell or look at it, I'm done."

Colton Gillies' third-period marker was the only official blemish on Spence's record as he picked up his 30th win.

HIT PARADE:

The three stars were Calgary's Steve Covington, Dan Mercer and Brodie Dupont ... Calgary hosts the Red Deer Rebels tomorrow (7 p.m. at the 'Dome).


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