Ian Schultz scored 1:14 into overtime to lift the visiting Calgary Hitmen to a 4-3 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings in Game 3 of the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Championship series on Tuesday, April 21st.
Kris Foucault scored twice – his ninth and 10th goals of the playoffs – and added an assist while Brett Sonne added a goal and an assist for the Hitmen, who scored all four of their goals at even strength. Martin Jones made 24 saves to improve to 11-0 in the post-season. The win leaves the Hitmen up 3-0 in the best-of-seven series and needing one more win to move on to the 2009 WHL Championship series.
Colby Robak notched a goal and two assists, Matt Calvert tallied a goal and an assist and Aaron Lewadniuk also scored for the Wheat Kings, who led 2-0 late in the first period but surrendered three straight goals only to tie the game at 3-3 in the third period. Andrew Hayes made 28 saves in the loss.
The Wheat Kings host Game 4 of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday in Brandon, MB.
Calgary leads best-of-seven series 3-0.
GIANTS 3, ROCKETS 2
Lance Bouma’s seventh goal of the playoffs with just over a minute remaining in regulation broke a 2-2 tie to lift the visiting Vancouver Giants to a 3-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets in Game 3 of the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship series on Tuesday.
Craig Cunningham – with a goal and an assist – and Garry Nunn also scored for the Giants, who killed off a lengthy two-man advantage early in the third period to preserve a 2-2 tie. Tyson Sexsmith turned aside 33 of 35 shots he faced to backstop the Giants to the victory.
Cody Almond and Jamie Benn scored for the Rockets, who went 1-for-6 with the man advantage in the contest while also outshooting the visitors 35-24. Mark Guggenberger made 21 saves in a losing cause.
The Rockets host Game 4 of the best-of-seven series on Wednesday in Kelowna, B.C.
Vancouver leads best-of-seven series 2-1.
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at email@example.com)