Chris Driedger made 35 saves for his second career shutout as the Calgary Hitmen blanked the Kootenay Ice 5-0 Saturday night at Scotiabank Saddledome to even their best-of-seven opening round series with the Ice at one.
Landon Welykholowa scored twice for Calgary while Alex Roach, Adam Tambellini and Brady Brassart added singles. Tambellini and Brassart also had two assists each to finish the game with three points.
Welykholowa drew into the line-up after a pair of Game 1 suspensions to Joe Mahon and Linden Penner and opened the scoring 6:29 into the first period tucking a rebound off the backboards into the net.
Chase Lang had a pair of assists for the Hitmen who added two more goals in the second and two more in the third to nail down the victory.
The series now shifts to Cranbrook for Games 3 and 4 Monday and Tuesday.
Photo Credit: Brad Watson - Hitmen
Kootenay Ice 0 at Calgary Hitmen 5
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
Kootenay 0 0 0 - 0
Calgary 1 2 2 - 5
1, Calgary, Welykholowa 1 (Sanheim, Lang), 6:29.
Penalties-O'Connor Ktn (roughing), 14:19; Brassart Cal (hooking), 15:25.
2, Calgary, Roach 1 (Brassart, Tambellini), 1:33.
3, Calgary, Tambellini 1 (Virtanen, Brassart), 17:32.
Penalties-Virtanen Cal (hooking), 5:07; Vetterl Ktn (hooking), 7:06; Dirk Ktn (roughing), 13:47; Winther Cal (roughing), 13:47; Zipp Cal (roughing), 13:47.
4, Calgary, Brassart 2 (Chase, Tambellini), 12:39 (PP).
5, Calgary, Welykholowa 2 (Lang, Zipp), 19:35.
Penalties-Lang Cal (cross checking), 4:38; Philp Ktn (inter. on goaltender), 10:54; Vetterl Ktn (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 12:39; Brassart Cal (10-minute misconduct), 12:39; Chase Cal (10-minute misconduct), 12:39; Valiev Ktn (delay of game), 13:14; Zborosky Ktn (major-fighting), 15:45; Thomas Cal (boarding, major-fighting), 15:45.
Shots on Goal
Kootenay 4-15-16-35. Calgary 10-12-10-32.
Power Play Opportunities
Kootenay 0 / 5; Calgary 1 / 5.
Kootenay, Skapski 1-1-0-0 (32 shots-27 saves). Calgary, Driedger 1-1-0-0 (35 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Jon Stephenson (38).
Linesmen-Aidan Henderson (78), Cory Lundquist (128).