Captain Cody Sylvester scored at 5:10 of overtime lifting the Calgary Hitmen to a 3-2 win over the Red Deer Rebels Tuesday night at the Enmax Centrium.
The win gives the Hitmen a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semi-Final series.
Sylvester pounced on a rebound off a Spencer Humphries shot and beat Rebels goalie Patrik Batosak on the stick side lifting the visitors to victory.
Calgary owned the first period out shooting Red Deer 16-9 getting goals from Jake Virtanen and Brooks Macek to take a 2-0 lead.
The Rebels controlled the second period out shooting Calgary 18-4 pulling even on goals from Dominik Volek and Connor Bleackley.
Both Bartosak and Hitmen goaltender Chris Driedger played a perfect this period setting the stage for Sylvester's heroics in sudden death.
On the night, Red Deer out shot the Hitmen 39-31 with Driedger making 37 saves to record the win.
The series now shifts back to Calgary for Game 5 on Thursday night. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Calgary Hitmen 3 at Red Deer Rebels 2 OT
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - Enmax Centrium - Red Deer, AB
Calgary 2 0
0 1 - 3
Red Deer 0 2 0 0 - 2
1, Calgary, Virtanen 2 (Chase,
Rissling), 7:17 (PP).
2, Calgary, Macek 2 (Peterson, Rask), 13:00.
Penalties-Dumba R.d (delay of game), 5:58; Gaudet R.d (slashing), 9:36; Elson
R.d (holding), 13:31.
3, Red Deer, Volek 2 (Fleury, Maxwell),
4, Red Deer, Bleackley 2 (Maxwell, Volek), 5:19 (PP).
Penalties-Sylvester Cal (boarding), 1:55; Maxwell R.d (delay of game), 2:59;
Macek Cal (hooking), 4:49; Rask Cal (slashing), 5:55; Thiel R.d (slashing),
8:46; Virtanen Cal (hooking), 10:19; R.d (too many men), 19:14.
Penalties-Dumba R.d (hooking), 3:45; Brassart Cal (cross
5, Calgary, Sylvester 4 (Humphries, Virtanen),
Shots on Goal-Calgary 16-4-7-4-31. Red Deer
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 1 / 7; Red Deer 2 /
Goalies-Calgary, Driedger 7-0-2-0 (39 shots-37 saves). Red Deer, Bartosak
5-2-1-0 (31 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Adam Byblow (23), Chris
Linesmen-Michael Roberts (87), Cody Huseby (88).