Flames prospect shows scoring touch

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

KELOWNA -- Ryley Grantham was not drafted by the Calgary Flames because of his pillowy soft hands.

But that doesn't mean the big man can't find the back of the net every now and then.

Grantham, the Rockets 6-foot-4 enforcer, scored the biggest goal of his junior career last night to move Kelowna within one victory of a Memorial Cup appearance.

And his first-period game-winner came with Flames president Ken King and GM Darryl Sutter in attendance.

"I didn't know that," Grantham said of the Flames' brass watching last night's Game 3 of the WHL Championship. "That's good news."

Grantham has scored 23 regular-season goals -- to go along with his 406 penalty minutes -- over three seasons with the Rockets and Moose Jaw Warriors. But last night's felt the sweetest.

"It felt good to put that one in," said the sixth-round Flames pick.

"I just went to the net hard, got the rebound and put it home."

Grantham, like everyone else who follows the WHL, is more than a little surprised his team is holding a commanding 3-0 series lead.

"They're a very good team," he said. "They have a lot of depth and probably the best D-corp in the league.

"But it feels good."

Grantham showed great discipline throughout the game.

Clearly, he would have loved to exact some revenge for his teammate Jamie Benn, who was knocked out of the series in Game 2 by a thundering Keith Seabrook hit.

But the playoffs -- especially the finals -- are no place to be settling scores.

"You can challenge a guy," he said. "And you can go if he accepts, but most guys don't at this time of the year.

"You have to play on the edge, but you can't go over."

The Hitmen, who have been outscored 10-3 in the series, couldn't buy a goal against Rockets starter Mark Guggenberger.


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