Saturday, March 21, 2015

Calgary 2 Kootenay 1

From Chris Wahl ...
Second period goals from Loch Morrison and Jordy Stallard helped the Calgary Hitmen edge the Kootenay ICE 2-1 Friday at Western Financial Place.

Tim Bozon scored the lone Kootenay goal as the Hitmen drew first blood in the first of two weekend meetings between the two clubs.

The ICE, who prior to the game held their annual awards ceremony, enjoyed a strong first period. Kootenay outshot Calgary 13-5 in the opening frame but could not solve Hitmen netminder Brendan Burke.

Calgary opened the scoring 9:19 into the second period when, after a commotion in front of ICE goaltender Wyatt Hoflin, a point shot from Morrison found the back of the net.

Stallard scored his goal with 5:03 remaining in the middle frame as the Hitmen outshot Kootenay 19-4 in the period.

The ICE earned four of the game's five power-play opportunities, capitalizing on a two-man advantage at 14:36 of the third period when Bozon tapped home a hard cross-ice pass from linemate Sam Reinhart for his team-leading 35th goal of the season.

Burke, though, stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced in period three as Calgary snapped Kootenay's three-game winning streak in the season series.

Hoflin made 28 saves for the ICE in goal, and broke a team record Friday for most games played by a goaltender in a season (66). The previous mark was set by Mackenzie Skapski during the 2012-13 season.

UP NEXT: the two sides will meet again to wind down the regular season Sunday afternoon in Calgary. Game time is 2:00 pm.