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Calgary kid stays focused

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

Kyle Moir expected to have a nice, relaxing Sunday afternoon.

And he wasn't too happy about it.

The Swift Current Broncos goaltender was told he wouldn't start against the Hitmen last night -- and that didn't sit well with the Calgary product.

But the 19-year-old was pressed into duty in the second period and backstopped his club to a 3-2 victory.

"I was kind of (peed) off," said Moir, who made 22 stops in relief to pick up his fourth win of the season.

"This is my hometown and I wanted to play. So I came ready to play in case anything happened."

Starter Travis Yonkman left the game early in the middle frame with a shoulder injury after being run over by Darryl Moscaluk.

Captain Brett Carson and Ryan White were the ones able to beat Moir, who inherited a 2-0 lead and saved his best for last. The Nashville Predators prospect made a number of enormous saves in the game's final minute when Calgary was on the powerplay and had the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker.

He put the paddle down to rob White with 5.1 seconds to go. Off the ensuing faceoff, the puck came out to a wide-open Brodie Dupont, who was also denied by a sliding Moir.

Dupont said the game should never have hinged on the ill-fated late-game rally.

"I thought we were going to score in the last minute," said Dupont, who also fired a shot off the iron with 60 seconds to go.

"We had a lot of pressure but we can't start the game like that. We have to learn to get more prepared in the room.

"You're not going to get the bounces if you only work half a game for them."

The Hitmen powerplay, ranked No. 2 in the WHL, let the team down when it needed it the most. The unit finished 1-for-8 and failed to cash in with a two-man advantage for 1:55 halfway through the third period.

The Central Division-leading Hitmen fell to 9-4-0-0 on the season while the Broncos (4-7-0-2) moved into a fourth-place tie with Red Deer.

The visitors jumped on the Hitmen before the ice was even dry, scoring just 55 seconds after the opening draw.

Jeremy Schenderling took a pass from Luke Hunter and beat Justin Pogge low to the glove side.

The Speedy Creek club padded their lead near the midway point of the period. Pogge made a pair of saves but didn't get any help from his teammates and Andrew Wasmuth shoveled in the second rebound.

Yonkman played the puck on a Hitmen dump-in and was run over by Moscaluk 5:52 into the second stanza.

That brought the automatic response from Broncos d-man Karl Benke, who dropped the gloves and pounced on Moscaluk.

Swift Current came away with a three-minute powerplay and had a 5-on-3 when Jeff Schultz was whistled for cross-checking.

Seconds after the Hitmen killed off the two-man disadvantage, Calgary product Levi Nelson put the Broncos up 3-0.

Carson answered with a powerplay goal of his own two minutes later.

Trailing 3-1 in the third, Riley Merkley made a fantastic backhand pass to spring White on a breakaway and the sophomore made no mistake, putting a shot over Moir's glove.

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HIT PARADE: The three stars were Broncos C Jeremy Schenderling, Broncos D Donny Lloyd and Hitmen C Riley Merkley ... Not dressed for Calgary were LW Issac Reid (groin, day to day), RW Carson McMillan, RW Ryan Letts and D Justin Falk ... The Hitmen host the Kamloops Blazers tomorrow night (7 p.m.).

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SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS: 3

CALGARY HITMEN: 2


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