The line of Cody Sylvester, Brady Brassart and Greg Chase combined for 14 points as the Calgary Hitmen beat the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup host Saskatoon Blades 9-5 Tuesday night at Credit Union Centre.
Sylvester led the charge with a goal and six assists setting a franchise record for most points in a single game with seven, topping the previous mark of six set on four occasions. Brad Moran had six points twice in 1998, Pavel Brendl hit the six point mark in 1999 while Kris Beech did it in 2000.
Brassart, (2g2a), Chase (2g1a) and Jake Virtanen (2g) all scored twice for the Hitmen, who built period leads of 5-2 and 6-3, while Pavlo Padakin and Jaynen Rissling added singles.
Sylvester and Rissling both finished with a team leading plus six.
Calgary chased Blades starting goalie Andrey Makarov scoring seven goals on 31 shots. Makarov entered the game 3-0 against the Hitmen this season with a .65 goals against average and a .982 save percentage to go along with a pair of shutouts.
Calgary is now 1-1 on their three game road trip and will wrap up the swing tomorrow night in Prince Albert. Internet broadcast on www.sportsnet.ca/960 starts at 6:00 p.m. MST.
The Hitmen, third in the 12 team Eastern Conference at 41-20-1-4, then return home to host the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations as well as the Scotiabank Saddledome box office. Order online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1-855-985-5000. For more information on tickets, visit www.hitmenhockey.com or contact customer service at 403-777-4646.
Photo Credit: Steve Hiscock
Calgary Hitmen 9 at Saskatoon Blades 5
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - Credit Union Centre - Saskatoon, SK
Calgary 5 1 3 - 9
Saskatoon 2 1 2 - 5
1, Calgary, Brassart 29 (Sylvester, Rissling), 0:17.
2, Calgary, Virtanen 13 (Macek, Roach) 3:35.
3, Saskatoon, Nicholls 42 (Craig, Sutter), 12:37.
4, Calgary, Sylvester 34 (Brassart, Chase), 14:31.
5, Calgary, Padakin 20 (Brooks, Jones), 15:20.
6, Saskatoon, Stransky 40 (Walker), 18:49.
7, Calgary, Rissling 5 (Mayor, Sylvester), 19:31.
8, Saskatoon, Dietz 21 (Pufahl, Walker), 12:38 (PP).
9, Calgary, Chase 15 (Sylvester, Rask), 13:31.
Penalties-Brooks Cal (roughing), 5:43; Brassart Cal (hooking), 12:04; Nicholls Sas (hooking), 15:27; Brassart Cal (inter. on goaltender), 16:23.
10, Saskatoon, Valcourt 21 (Walker), 3:32.
11, Calgary, Chase 16 (Sylvester, Brassart), 9:27.
12, Saskatoon, Pufahl 6 (Nicholls, Dietz), 11:14 (PP).
13, Calgary, Virtanen 14 (Rissling, Sylvester), 11:59.
14, Calgary, Brassart 30 (Sylvester), 17:44.
Penalties-Zgraggen Cal (delay of game), 4:32; Roach Cal (major-fighting), 9:01; Stransky Sas (major-fighting), 9:01; Brooks Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 9:43; Sutter Sas (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 9:43; Macek Cal (tripping), 10:43; Stransky Sas (tripping), 18:12; Walker Sas (cross checking), 18:12; Siemens Sas (cross checking), 18:28.
Shots on Goal-Calgary 20-7-11-38. Saskatoon 10-10-9-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 0 / 4; Saskatoon 2 / 5.
Goalies-Calgary, Driedger 31-14-1-3 (29 shots-24 saves). Saskatoon, Makarov 35-17-1-3 (31 shots-24 saves); Moodie 4-4-0-0 (7 shots-5 saves).
Referees-Fraser Lawrence (10), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Kyle Paulsen (96), Brent Tournier (113).