No keepin' up to Jones

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

A black (and orange) cat can be extra dangerous on Friday the 13th.

But it's no match for a masked man.

Just like in the Hollywood script, the Calgary Hitmen were the last ones standing after last night's 3-2 shootout victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Dome.

Kris Foucault made a fantastic deke to his forehand for the lone goal in the shootout while goaltender Martin Jones was perfect at the other end.

Jones picked the right time to come up with perhaps his strongest game of the year -- with Team Canada coach Willie Desjardins watching from the Tigers bench.

"You're definitely aware when he's in the building," said Jones, a world junior hopeful.

"It was nice to have a big game but, more importantly, our team has been playing better and better. That's nice to see."

Tyler Fiddler scored just over a minute into the game and Michael Stone bagged his 10th of the season with a buzzer-beater in the second period for the Hitmen.

Hitmen winger Brandon Kozun, who leads the WHL in scoring, had his 16-game points streak snapped.

Wacey Hamilton and WHL rookie scoring sensation Emerson Etem lit the lamp for the visitors in regulation time.

Jones kicked out 27 shots, many of the tough variety, as the Hitmen improved to 18-6-0 on the season.

The victory pushed the Hitmen nine points clear of the second-place Tigers (11-9-5) in the Central Division. Calgary also holds a game in hand.

With the Tigers pressing for the equalizer in the third period, Jones made a nice save on a redirection, but Etem buried the rebound to force extra time.

The Hitmen gave up two powerplay goals in regulation, but killed off a big one in overtime to get to the shootout phase.

Foucault won it by beating Tyler Bunz while Jones shut down Mark Isherwood, Matt MacKay and Tristan King.

None of the Tigers shooters came close against Jones, who said he tried to make himself as big as possible.

"If they're not seeing a lot of the net, that's definitely a good thing," Jones said.

"It's nothing other goaltenders aren't doing.

"It's about being big, coming out to challenge and trying to read whether it'll be a shot or a deke."

The Hitmen wasted no time getting started at the start of the game.

Fiddler kept a puck in at the blueline, skated into the slot and ripped a wrister off the post and in at the 1:08 mark.

The home side got into penalty trouble early in the second period, handing the Tigers four straight powerplays.

Isherwood kept blasting away from the point and eventually had a shot go in off Hamilton's skate.

The Hitmen regained the lead in the dying seconds of the period when Stone banged a pass in from the top of the crease on a powerplay.

SCOTT.FISHER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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