Saturday, October 25, 2014

Calgary 9 Kootenay 2

From Chris Wahl ...
Kenton Helgesen and Greg Chase each enjoyed multi-goal games as the Calgary Hitmen defeated the Kootenay ICE 9-2 at Western Financial Place Friday.

ICE forward Tim Bozon and defenseman Rinat Valiev both made their season debuts, with Bozon collecting an assist in his return to Cranbrook.

Calgary opened the scoring with just under six minutes remaining in the opening period thanks to Helgesen. Chase added his first goal of the season exactly two and a half minutes later to give the visitors a 2-0 lead after one frame.

Bozon made his mark on proceedings early in the second, setting up linemate Jaedon Descheneau for his team-leading seventh goal of the season from close quarters in front of the Hitmen goal.

Calgary found the back of the net three times in the latter stages of period two, though. Adam Tambellini, Micheal Zipp and Beck Malenstyn each chipped in with singles to put the Hitmen up 5-1 after fourty minutes.

Again, Kootenay found an early goal in the third period, with sophomore defenseman Troy Murray scoring for the second time in five games.

Helgesen scored 24 seconds after Murray's goal, with Loch Morrison, Radel Fazleev and Greg Chase all finding the back of the net against ICE netminder Keelan Williams, who replaced starter Wyatt Hoflin after two periods.

Calgary outshot Kootenay 42-21, with Hitmen goaltender Mack Shields turning aside 19 shots to earn the win.

Kootenay forward Luke Philp collected one assist, with both he and Descheneau now riding three-game point streaks.

UP NEXT: The ICE visit the Spokane Chiefs Saturday before opening a six-game homestand Tuesday, October 28 against the Prince Albert Raiders. Game time Saturday is 8:05 pm.