OT victory for Hitmen

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

The goal?

About as nice as you’re going to see.

The celebration?

Well, that needs some work.

Calgary Hitmen winger Kris Foucault skated in on a breakaway early in overtime, put a half-dozen moves on Regina Pats starter Damien Ketlo, popped the water bottle with a slick backhand — and crashed into the boards.

In fairness he had some help.

“I’ve had two of those and I’ve fallen twice,” Foucault said with a smile after giving the Hitmen a 4-3 OT victory Friday at the Dome.

“(Carson) McMillan took me out the first time, and Matty (MacKenzie) took me out this time.”

MacKenzie, who tied the game in the third period, sprung Foucault for the winner.

“Matty made a great play there,” said Foucault, who stretched his goals streak to four games

“I was lucky to be playing with a skilled player like him.”

Jimmy Bubnick and Justin Kirsch also scored for the Hitmen, who overcame a 3-0 deficit to improve to 8-21-2.

Hitmen head coach Mike Williamson liked his team’s resolve.

“Our guys showed a lot of character to come back,” Williamson said.

“It was something we talked about before the game — finding a way to work when there’s adversity.

“When we were down, it would have been easy for a lot of guys to say ‘here we go again.’ ”

Thomas Frazee, Garrett Mitchell and Dyson Stevenson replied for the Pats, who traded their leading scorer, Carter Ashton, to Tri-City earlier in the day.

Michael Snider was forced to make just 10 saves for the victory.

Kirsch jumped on a loose puck in front of the Regina cage for his team-leading

14th of the season to bring the Hitmen to within a goal two minutes into the final frame. The Hitmen got the equalizer six minutes later on a bit of a blooper.

MacKenzie’s point shot bounced off the end boards, hit Ketlo in the back of the leg and trickled in.

The Hitmen held the visitors without a shot for the first 17 minutes of the period.

Both teams ended the frame with three shots apiece.

The Pats grabbed a lead on their first shot on net thanks to a world-class play by Frazee.

The former Moose Jaw Warrior got to a loose puck from behind the net, drew it to his backhand and put it off the crossbar and in for his 12th of the season.

Misha Fisenko had Calgary’s best opportunity of the opening period, but sent his rebound attempt off the side of the net.

The visitors scored on half of their four second-period shots to take a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Mitchell redirected a slow point shot past Snider for a shorthanded goal at the

1:24 mark.

Stevenson added to the cushion when he one-timed a pass from Chandler Stephenson through Snider.

Bubnick finally gave the Saddledome crowd something to cheer about when he buried a rebound on the powerplay with 1:31 to go in the period.

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca


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