Keeping Tabbies on a penalty killer

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

You wouldn't think Cody Sylvester was big enough to take on four guys.

Yet, there he was, battling four Medicine Hat Tigers behind the opposition net, singlehandedly killing a crucial Tabbies powerplay late in regulation.

It was efforts like that -- and superb goaltending from Martin Jones -- that gave the Calgary Hitmen a 2-0 win at the Saddledome Saturday night.

Generously listed at 5-foot-11 and 168 lb., Sylvester said all he saw was black and orange.

"I had no clue there was four guys," said the Kelowna product. "I looked up, and there was four of them. It was a pretty big shock. I didn't think I could take on four guys."

Sylvester said the team's penalty killers are prepared to do almost anything to take away a scoring chance from the opposition.

"Every guy was trying to throw his body in front of pucks," Sylvester said. "Once a team sees us blocking shots, they'll second guess themselves about shooting."

Another player who again made his mark -- and, no doubt, has a few marks to show for it -- was forward Tyler Shattock.

The trade-deadline acquisition has come up with a number of big -- and painful -- blocks in the past week.

"Those were a huge two points for us because first place was on the line," Shattock said. "Little bumps and bruises are nothing when you're in first place. You should always have an ice pack on your body after the game."

Head coach Mike Williamson, whose penalty killers have given up just one goal in the last 33 shorthanded situations, was happy with his club's work ethic.

"We've got guys laying down to block shots and paying the price," Williamson said. "And when they did work it behind us, Jones was a wall for us."


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