Hitmen strike quickly to gun down Warriors

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Three goals in less than two minutes turns the tide in 6-1 Calgary win

Moose Jaw Warriors

A three-goal flurry turned a close game into a rout in a hurry Friday night in Calgary.

The Calgary Hitmen scored three goals in 1:53 in the second period against the Moose Jaw Warriors to take the lead for good. The Hitmen skated to a 6-1 win in front of 8,840 fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

The Warriors record falls to 14-19-3-4 on the WHL season. They will continue their Alberta road trip Saturday when they face Red Deer before stopping in Lethbridge Sunday.

The were the better team in the first period and despite having an 8-3 shots on goal lead, they trailed after 20 minutes when Hitmen defenceman Alex Roach scored a power play goal with 5:27 left in the first period.

Carter Hansen tied the game for Moose Jaw 1:29 into the second period with Kirk Johnson picking up an assist.

The teams were tied 1-1 and the Warriors held a 17-9 shot lead when the Hitmen broke the game wide open.

Cody Sylvester scored his 22nd of the year midway through the second period to give Calgary the lead. Pavlo Padakin scored exactly a minute later and Zane Jones scored 53 seconds later to put the Hitmen ahead 4-1. The Hitmen ended up scoring four goals in 5:10 as Brendan Hurley also found the mark.

Brooks Macek rounded out the scoring for Calgary in the third period when he scored on a five-on-three power play. Macek finished with three points.

Calgary defenceman Colby Harmsworth added three assists. It was a career game for the 17-year-old who picked up an assist in his WHL debut earlier this season, but didn’t pick up another point until Friday.

The third goal ended the night for Warriors goalie Daniel Wapple who stopped eight shots. Justin Paulic gave up two goals on eight shots as he finished the second period before Wapple returned to play the third period and finished with 15 saves.

Calgary goalie Chris Driedger made 26 saves.

The Warriors gave 17-year-old winger Darcy DeRoose his first action of the season. DeRoose dressed for a game last season and nine goals and 19 points in 28 games with Estevan of the SJHL.

Royce Rossignol, 16, played his third game defence since being called up as the Warriors dressed seven defencemen.

Organizations: Moose Jaw 1

Geographic location: Calgary, Alberta, Red Deer

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