Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Hitmen take a 3-1 series lead with a disputed OT win

Victor Rask scored just 37 seconds into overtime to give the Calgary Hitmen a 1-0 win over the Swift Current Broncos Tuesday night in Saskacthewan and a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series. 

Rask was able to corral a bouncing puck and fend off Graham Black to beat Eetu Laurikainen couldn't get to his left quick enough.

The scoring play was called a good goal at the time but the Broncos bench erupted in anger feeling the puck was knocked with a glove over to Rask.  The officials huddled as the Hitmen poured off the bench to celebrate but nothing was overturned.

From our broadcast booth, located at the Hitmen blueline a long ways away, it was impossible to see as so many players had crowded the blue paint.

You can watch the highlights here to make up your own mind:

Swift Current outshot the Hitmen 28-27 with Chris Driedger turning in a perfect performance in the Calgary net to record his first career WHL playoff shutout.

The series now shifts back to Calgary to Game 5 Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome with a 7:00 o'clock start.

Calgary Hitmen 1 at Swift Current Broncos 0 (OT)
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - Credit Union i-plex - Swift Current, SK

Calgary 0 0 0 1 - 1
Swift Current 0 0 0 0 - 0

1st Period
No Scoring.
Penalties-Lund S.c (delay of game), 4:14; Clayton Cal (10-minute misconduct), 9:43; Mayor Cal (major-fighting), 9:43; Heatherington S.c (10-minute misconduct), 9:43; Mackay S.c (major-fighting), 9:43; Bews S.c (tripping), 15:32; Roach Cal (roughing), 17:19; Virtanen Cal (roughing), 17:19; Cave S.c (roughing), 17:19.

2nd Period
No Scoring.
Penalties-Sylvester Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 0:00; Scarlett S.c (roughing), 0:00; Zgraggen Cal (roughing), 6:58.

3rd Period
No Scoring.
Penalties-No Penalties

OT Period
1, Calgary, Rask 2 (Peterson, Macek), 0:37.
Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Calgary 12-8-6-1-27. Swift Current 9-13-6-0-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 0 / 2; Swift Current 0 / 2.
Goalies-Calgary, Driedger 3-0-1-0 (28 shots-28 saves). Swift Current, Laurikainen 1-1-2-0 (27 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Brett Iverson (24).
Linesmen-Jason Roy (94), Ian Schafer (56).

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