Hitmen goalie steals show

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:20 AM ET

Brandon Glover was a one-man highlight reel.

Calgary Hitmen fans certainly enjoyed the acrobatics of the goaltender who backstopped the hosts to a 4-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars Saturday night.

Heck, even Glover himself couldn’t help but admire his handiwork.

He was especially sharp early in the second period when he sprawled to make a miraculous pad stop on Cats winger Troy Bourke, and then somehow got a glove on the rebound as well.

“That was a bang-bang play. It was up on the Jumbotron,” Glover said with a smile.

“I was watching it a little bit.”

Kris Foucault scored twice and added an assist as the Hitmen (17-35-4) won for the second time in their last

10 outings.

The Minnesota Wild prospect said the goaltending duo of Glover and Mike Snider has been solid of late.

“Our goalies have been standing on their heads,” Foucault said. “Glover was huge for us again tonight.”

Justin Kirsch and Misha Fisenko also lit the lamp for the hosts, who hit the road for three games beginning Tuesday in Prince Albert.

Team Canada world junior star Brett Connolly scored the lone goal for the Cougars

(27-26-3), who are in a dogfight in the tight Western Conference.

Hitmen rookie Brendan Santini picked up a pair of helpers for his first multi-point outing in the WHL.

Head coach Mike Williamson said the winger has taken several strides forward as the season has progressed.

“Things have been moving around a bit with guys in and out of the lineup,” Williamson said. “Sants has been really good at times and has been a little inconsistent.

“But when he’s focused and he plays with a little grit in his game, he gets a lot accomplished.”

Jimmy Bubnick made a perfect pass on an odd-man rush to give Kirsch his team-leading 22nd goal of the season just over four minutes in.

Foucault made it two-zip when he looked off a defender and then shelved a wrister on the short side.

Fisenko added a beauty before the period ended, toe-dragging around a sliding Cody Carlson and then roofing a shot in the same spot as Foucault.

Cougars bench boss Dean Clark must have lit a fuse under his team during the intermission, as the visitors completely dominated the middle frame.

That Cats outshot the Hitmen 15-3 and came away with the only goal as Connolly one-timed a pass from behind the net on a Prince George powerplay.

Only the heroics of Glover kept the Hitmen in front as the goaltender robbed wingers Bourke and Nick Buonassisi three minutes apart.

The Cougars pulled goaltender Ty Rimmer with 2:18 to play, but Foucault danced around a pair of defenders before sealing it into the empty net.

Hit parade

Rookie RW Brendan Santini was moved onto a line with LW Kris Foucault and C Misha Fisenko. Santini and Foucault, both Calgary products, played summer hockey together ... Foucault has 101 points during his WHL career ... The Hitmen sit 11 points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Coference and play the eighth-place Raiders Tuesday. The road trip also includes stops in Moose Jaw and Regina ... Calgary plays four of its next five games, and six of the next eight, on the road ... Former Hitmen star Ryan White was named third star Saturday in the Montreal Canadiens’ shutout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca


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