It was a night of firsts for the Calgary Hitmen Friday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Trevor Cheek recorded his first career hat-trick, Brandon Glover made 20 saves for his first career WHL playoff shutout and the Calgary Hitmen picked up their first win of the series in a 4-0 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings to even their Best-of-Seven Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series 1-1.
Trevor Cheek fired a hat-trick (Photo Credit: Brad Watson)
Alex Roach opened the scoring for Calgary just 1:25 into the opening period as the Hitmen grabbed their first lead of the playoffs.
Trevor Cheek then started his natural hat-trick scoring in the final minute of the second period to send the home team to the dressing room with a 2-0 lead after forty minutes.
Cheek then completed his trio in the third period with a pair of goals as the Hitmen dominated the frame outshooting the Wheat Kings 20-3.
Both teams now begin the long journey to Winnipeg, Manitoba for Game 3 Sunday.
We'll have more on this series Saturday between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. during the Hitmen Hockey Hour on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
Brandon Wheat Kings 0 at Calgary Hitmen 4
Friday, March 23, 2012 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
Brandon 0 0 0 - 0
Calgary 1 1 2 - 4
1, Calgary, Roach 1 (Chase, Kornelsen), 1:25.
Penalties-Clayton Cal (slashing), 15:32.
2, Calgary, Cheek 1 (Bubnick, Bowman), 19:26.
Penalties-Miller Bdn (10-minute misconduct), 8:13; Roy Bdn (roughing), 8:13; Sundher Bdn (major-fighting), 8:13; Clayton Cal (major-fighting), 8:13; Virtanen Cal (roughing), 8:13; Dziurzynski Bdn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:44; Chase Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 8:44; Kosterman Cal (tripping), 11:13; Ciarelli Bdn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:29; Gogolev Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:29.
3, Calgary, Cheek 2 (Gogolev, Bubnick), 7:54.
4, Calgary, Cheek 3 (Roach, Bowman), 19:14 (PP).
Penalties-Dziurzynski Bdn (kneeing), 1:39; Ferland Bdn (roughing), 9:44; Melnychuk Bdn (cross checking), 11:30; Nikkel Bdn (tripping), 17:42; Stone Bdn (roughing), 17:48; Sundher Bdn (tripping), 18:48; Trzonkowski Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 18:48; Dziurzynski Bdn (roughing, roughing), 19:46; Roy Bdn (unsportsmanlike cnd., major-fighting, game misconduct), 19:46; Bowman Cal (roughing), 19:46; Chase Cal (major-fighting), 19:46; Helgesen Cal (roughing), 19:46.
Shots on Goal-Brandon 10-7-3-20. Calgary 6-15-20-41.
Power Play Opportunities-Brandon 0 / 2; Calgary 1 / 4.
Goalies-Brandon, Boes 1-1-0-0 (41 shots-37 saves). Calgary, Glover 1-0-0-0 (20 shots-20 saves).
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Michael Roberts (87), Scott Sharun (103).