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HITMEN DOWN SILVERTIPS

Feb 08, 2013 - 16:04 MST
Written By: Forbes, Bryce

Taking advantage of an Everett team who played the night before in Kamloops, the Calgary Hitmen (35-16-1-3) dominated the last 40 minutes of play on way to a 5-1 victory Friday night on the road.

The Hitmen received multi-point efforts from Pavlo Padakin, Spencer Humphries, Jake Virtanen and Victor Rask, as four different Hitmen players found the back of the net.

Calgary remains stuck in third place in the Eastern Conference, 13 points back of the Edmonton Oil Kings while 11 points up on fourth-place Red Deer Rebels.

Penalty trouble in the first period eventually cost the visitors when defenceman Landon Oslanski wristed a goal from the point on Hitmen starting goaltender Mack Shields.

Early on in the second, Calder Brooks scored his first goal of the year after returning a few games ago from shoulder surgery.

Discipline issues continued on in the second, but an important five-on-three kill seemed to power the Hitmen, who took control of the game afterwards.

Humphries scored his fourth of the year on a wrist shot from near the blueline that somehow made its way to the net on the powerplay.

Later on, Virtanen finished off a tic-tac-toe play involving Padakin and Rask partway through the second to extend the Hitmen lead to 3-1.

And Padakin finally got a goal for himself in the third to set a career high with three points on the evening.

Virtanen added his second of the night with an empty-netter in the final minute for his 12th of the year.

Shields turned away 23 shots on way to his ninth win of the campaign. He’s won four of his last five decisions.

His counterpart, Daniel Colton, made 33 saves in the loss.

The Hitmen scored once on the powerplay after four chances, while only allowing one goal on seven penalty kills.

Calgary’s season-long nine-game roadtrip is almost over, with game seven coming up on Saturday night against the Seattle Thunderbirds. It’ll be the first matchup between the two teams since the Hitmen dealt former starting goaltender Brandon Glover to the Thunderbirds.