Saskatoon, SK – Jimmy Bubnick scored twice as the Calgary Hitmen beat the Canadian Hockey League’s number four ranked Sasykatoon Blades 6-2 Friday night at Credit Union Centre.
The win was Calgary’s third straight on their current four game East Division road trip.
Joey Kornelsen, Brooks Macek, Spencer Humphries and Greg Chase also scored for Calgary who improves to 7-2-1-0 in their last 10 games.
Calder Brooks and Cody Sylvester both had a pair of assists for Calgary while Danny Gayle had a helper to extend his career high point scoring streak to seven games.
Brandon Glover made 34 saves in the Hitmen net and was especially sharp in the first period when Saskatoon outshot Calgary 19-7 but headed to the dressing room after twenty minutes in a 1-1 tie.
The Hitmen blew the game open in the second period building a 4-1 lead thanks to a pair of powerplay goals.
Calgary, 13-10-1-1 on the season, will wrap up their prairie road trip tomorrow night in Prince Albert.
POST GAME NOTES: Calgary played a physical first period with both Collin Bowman and Alex Roach delivering huge open ice hits....Special teams played a major role as Calgary went 2-5 on the powerplay while killing all five Blades chances. Icing on the cake also saw Hitmen Joey Kornelsen score shorthanded....The goal for Greg Chase was his first in the WHL and also came in the same rink where his Uncle Kelly used to play for the Blades....The loss for Saskatoon was their first at home this season after starting 10-0....The Hitmen have now outscored their opponents by a combined 17-7 through the first three games of the road trip.
Steve Hiscock photo from whl.ca
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Calgary Hitmen 6 at Saskatoon Blades 2
Friday, November 25, 2011 - Credit Union Centre - Saskatoon, SK
Calgary 1 3 2 - 6
Saskatoon 1 0 1 - 2
1, Calgary, Kornelsen 4 (Brooks), 5:11 (SH).
2, Saskatoon, Paradis 8 (Sutter, Thrower), 12:27.
Penalties-Rissling Cal (interference), 4:52; Roach Cal (tripping), 14:02; Gayle Cal (inter. on goaltender), 15:49.
3, Calgary, Macek 5 (Chase, Brooks), 5:13.
4, Calgary, Humphries 3 (Gayle, Brassart), 8:48 (PP).
5, Calgary, Bubnick 10 (Rask, Sylvester), 17:29 (PP).
Penalties-Trzonkowski Cal (major-fighting), 2:33; Haas Sas (major-fighting), 2:33; Dietz Sas (tripping), 5:34; Sylvester Cal (elbowing), 6:06; Cox Sas (hooking), 6:58; Helgesen Cal (major-fighting), 12:18; Fafard Sas (major-fighting), 12:18; McEvoy Sas (tripping), 15:28; Thrower Sas (hooking), 16:21; Rissling Cal (boarding), 17:58.
6, Saskatoon, Cox 2 (Stransky, Trask), 10:42.
7, Calgary, Bubnick 11 (Sylvester), 14:13. 8, Calgary, Chase 1 (Helgesen, Trzonkowski), 19:08.
Penalties-Bubnick Cal (roughing), 0:38; Sylvester Cal (tripping), 0:38; Thrower Sas (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 0:38; Benson Sas (high sticking), 6:32; Roach Cal (roughing), 16:21; Sutter Sas (roughing), 16:21; Rissling Cal (major-fighting), 18:49; Sutter Sas (major-fighting), 18:49; McEvoy Sas (10-minute misconduct), 19:08; Kosterman Cal (major-fighting), 19:14; Haas Sas (major-fighting), 19:14.
Shots on Goal-Calgary 7-21-9-37. Saskatoon 19-5-12-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 2 / 5; Saskatoon 0 / 5.
Goalies-Calgary, Glover 6-4-0-0 (36 shots-34 saves). Saskatoon, Makarov 16-5-0-0 (37 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Reagan Vetter (79).
Linesmen-Jason Roy (94), Brent Tournier (113).